Eva Green, a Hollywood actress, won a legal battle against financiers she had sued in London’s High Court for her fee for a failed film in which she was to star on Friday.
The French actress, whose film credits include the James Bond classic “Casino Royale,” had sued White Lantern Films and SMC Specialty Finance for the $1 million pay she claimed she was owed for the planned independent film “A Patriot,” in which she was to portray the major part of a soldier.
Eva Green was entitled to payment of the $1 million charge, according to Judge Michael Green’s written judgement.
The production firm had filed a counterclaim against Green for breach of contract, blaming her for the failure of the science fiction picture before it began production in late 2019, claiming she had never intended for it to go through.
Green, 42, testified in court in January that she was concerned that the film’s production team was cutting corners, noting the fact that her stunt training had been reduced from four weeks to five days.
According to White Lantern’s lawyers, Green, who is also an executive producer on the movie, made unreasonable demands regarding staff, locations, and equipment.
They cited WhatsApp messages from Green in which she described one producer as a “fucking moron” who should be fired and another as “evil”.
She also described funders of the movie as “arseholes” and some proposed crew members as “shitty peasants”.
But the judge said that, while Green “may have said some extremely unpleasant things” about the film’s producer and crew, “this was born from a genuine feeling of concern that any film … would be of very low quality”.
“I fought tooth and nail to defend the beautiful film that I loved and had signed on for,” Green said in a statement. “A film that spoke of a cause I hold dear – climate change – and warned of the resource wars and mass migration that would occur if we don’t address the problem.
“I stood my ground and, this time, justice prevailed.”