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March 24, 2006

Randy Quaid Sues Brokeback Mountain Producers

Goofy.

He claims the project was misrepresented as a small independent art-house film with no prospect of making any money at all, so he was induced to work for scale-level rates.

Nonsense.

If Quaid fell for this crap, hey, he deserves what he got. How obvious was it that an Ang Lee/Heath Ledger/Jake Gyllenhaalenhyllenhaal gay cowboy movie was going to be promoted to the point where it had to make some dough? An true art house movie might make, at most, a million or two dollars, barely covering production costs. With all that A list talent involved -- well, okay, with all that B and B+ list talent involved -- and with the critic-bait premise and all of Hollywood and the media united in promoting it, it had to be pretty damn predictable this wasn't going to be the normal sort of art house movie making a paltry couple of million dollars. Twenty or thirty million dollars was the minimum.

He agreed to work for cheap in a movie that made a lot of money. That's his problem.

The cast of Star Wars has more of a right to complain. No one that that low-budget goofball space opera would make dime one.


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