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Adrien Brody sues to block release of Dario Argento film


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Horror junkies impatiently await the next Dario Argento film the way a smoker craves their next cigarette. But if Adrien Brody has his way, it will be a long time before Argento’s latest, “Giallo,” sees the light of day.

“Giallo,” which was filmed in 2008, was released on DVD. But Brody, who stars in the film as an Italian detective tracking a kidnapped woman, has filed papers in court hoping to stop the film’s continued availability because the actor says producers violated his “pay or play” deal and lied to him about funding so he would stay on and finish filming the movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Brody seeks $3 million in damages, and is “attempting to stop the film’s release.”

The story says Brody was prepared to walk off the set a few years back when he learned funding had fallen through for the film. Producers allegedly made up a story saying financing had been secured, and Brody was approached to sign a new agreement that would allow him to continue working but granted him “absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness” if he wasn’t eventually paid in full for his work.

Guess what happened?

So it goes to court. And Argento’s “Giallo” receives plenty of free publicity. Not $3 million worth of PR, but enough to ensure that curious onlookers will now want to check the film out once Brody is paid and the film is released. It’s an ugly way to get there, but it sounds like it will be a win for both sides in the long run.

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