Cary Elwes, who starred in Lions Gate Films’ Saw (review #1, #2, #3), is apparently suing the producers of the film, which earned more than $100 million worldwide in theaters alone. You can read all about it inside. James Wan’s film also starred Tobin Bell, Danny Glover, Dina Meyer and Leigh Whannell. With a dead body laying between them, two men (Whannell and Elwes) wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who’s been nicknamed “Jigsaw” by the police because of his unusual calling card…
The LA Times writes:
“Elwes alleges that in September 2003, while the film was being cast, he was assured that he would receive “favored nations” status with all cast members. The suit maintains that Elwes has received only $53,275, in addition to a salary of $2,587.20, for his performance. The suit maintains “favored nations” meant that payments to Elwes “should have included box office bonuses equal to the highest paid actor who performed in ‘Saw’ ” as well as a percentage of profits “equivalent to the highest paid actor” in the film.
The story continues, “The back-end deal was proposed by Cary Elwes’ own agent and attorney,” Singer said. “My client never proposed the back-end deal at all.” He added that Elwes “is still getting paid his share of the producers’ net profits.”
Elwes’ suit, which seeks in excess of $500,000 in damages, was filed by Lee W. Cotugno of the Beverly Hills law firm Kalisch, Cotugno & Rust, LLP.
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