Eva Green Defends “Horrible” Texts About Movie Bosses
Well, it’s a way to defend yourself. Eva Green, who played Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, is currently involved in a legal case in which she is suing a film production company, and the company is suing her. During a court appearance on Monday, January 30, the actress was asked about text messages she sent disparaging the film and the people who worked on it, including calling them “weak and stupid”. She claimed it was her “Frenchness” speaking.
Of course, there’s more to the case than Green’s rude messages. And some of the exchanges that happened in the courtroom seem to be from a movie themselves. Read on to learn more about the lawsuit and the texts Green faced in court.
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As reported by The Independent, Green is suing White Lantern Film for £810,000 (nearly $1million), claiming she should still be paid even though production on A Patriot has been cancelled. The sci-fi film halted production in October 2019.
In response, White Lantern counterattacks Green claiming that she had made “excessive creative and financial demands” and had “inconsistent” expectations for the low-budget film. According to Variety, the company says it undermined the production because it wanted to buy out the script and make the movie itself.
Texts and emails Green sent regarding the failing production were made public during the trial. Max Mallin, White Lantern Film’s attorney, pointed out that Green wrote that producer Jake Seal was making a “cheap B-movie” and that he was “evil” and “the devil”. Additionally, she referred to the local crew members as “[expletive] peasants… of Hampshire.
Green clarified during questioning that she meant she didn’t want to work with “inexperienced” people.
“I have nothing against peasants,” Green said. Mallin replied, “Hence the use of the word [expletive].”
In a message to his agent, Green wrote, “I’m very worried they’re super weak and stupid,” which Mallin said “likely” involved fellow producer Adam Merrifield and writer/director Dan Pringle.
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According to The Independent, Green apologized for her lyrics, calling them “awful” and saying she used “inappropriate language” to get her point across.
She explained, “I don’t know…sometimes it’s my Frenchness that comes out. Sometimes you say things you don’t really mean, of course they’re not weak and stupid.”ae0fcc31ae342fd3a1346ebb1f342fcb
In another post, she wrote that someone was a “[expletive] inexperienced, pretentious moron.” She said of that message, “I’m probably talking about Adam [Merrifield] at the time but it was an emotional reaction, I felt betrayed.”
Green said she “never wanted [A Patriot] to be a B-movie,” but was determined to persevere even when the budget was tight. She explained that she didn’t want the shortcuts to be cut, as it could lead to dangerous situations. As an example, she pointed to the film tragedy Rust, in which Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop gun used by star Alec Baldwin.
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Variety reports that during the trial, Green said, “I didn’t expect my WhatsApp messages to be exposed in court. It’s already very humiliating,” and admitted she was “very blunt.” The publication notes that the 42-year-old actor seemed relieved when she finished being questioned and went to give Merrifield and Pringle a hug.
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Arguing that she genuinely cared about the film, Green said, as reported by The Independent: “I fell deeply in love with this project, not only with the role, but also with the message of the film. I couldn’t imagine giving up on the film. . , because that would have been like abandoning my baby. It’s always like that.” She added, “In my 20 years of making movies, I’ve never broken a contract or even missed a day of shooting.”
In addition to Casino Royale, Green is known for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dark Shadows, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the television series Penny Dreadful.