Sunday, March 26, 2006

Brokeback controversy en"sues"

Oooh, bad pun but the pun fairy bit me. Bad pun fairy, bad. Anyway, Seems that the heretofore completely uncontroversial movie Brokeback Mountain... What? Really? Controversial? Gay cowboys? Scathing, vengeful, Oscar sookiness from the author? Producer sues the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences? Really?

Oh, well, it seems that in yet another Brokeback controversy, actor Randy Quaid is suing the producers of Brokeback Mountain for a cool ten million for intentional and negligent misrepresentation. Ouch. Seems that Quaid was convinced to take a pay cut when he was told the project was a low-budget feature "with no prospect of making any money." Yes, Brokeback might have gotten a lot of notice but I think with a budget of $14,000,000, it was still pretty low budget in Hollywood terms and the $10,000,000 to Randy in the production of the movie would have meant the rest of the actors would have been stick figures acting against a claymation background. Do they give Academy Awards for that?

Anyway, if I was Randy Quaid and I had been in movies like The Day the World Ended, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, Not Another Teen Movie and, well, I could go on and on giving examples of schluck he's been in (full filmography at IMBD), I would just take my money, the great film credit and shut the hell up.

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