Wednesday, May 4, 2011

yes thats the guy from Malcolm in the middle...

Christopher Masterson is his name. Which brings me to another subject.

Getting actors for Indie Films is easier than you think.

T.V. actors are always looking for a way to break in to the big leagues.

Name actors with big film careers are looking for something of substance.

Thier agents are not as concerned with the actors reputation being hurt by being in a little indie film that probably won't get them further than festivals.  And if its good, they might get some awards, meaning more buzz meaning more money for their next 100 million rom com/action/ extravaganza!

One of the perks of making Indie films. But this can bite you in the ass as well. Big names on a little film means a big chunk of the money if there is any to go around. And could lead to nasty law suits. Ever heard of Randy Quiad?

He did this little indie film shot up in Canada about some gay cowboys. It was a simple walk on role that probably took him 3 days of his time.

here is an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

"Actor Randy Quaid has filed a lawsuit against Focus Features, the producers of “Brokeback Mountain,” alleging he was duped into appearing in the movie at a reduced rate, according to this report by KCAL TV in Los Angeles. Quaid had a supporting role in the film, playing the Wyoming rancher who hired Ennis del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) to herd sheep. According to the lawsuit, Quaid says he “donated” his time after moviemakers allegedly told him he was making “a low-budget, art-house film with no prospect of making any money.” Brokeback has reportedly grossed more than $80 million in the U.S.
Quaid is seeking at least $10 million in damages on claims that include intentional and negligent misrepresentation."



RicHard's Blog for the Soft Man May 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

that's horse shit how could they possibly of known that broke back would have made any money?!

zepdragon May 4, 2011 at 9:31 PM  

Ouch indeed. He got ripped apparently

TMH May 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

Stuff the indie films, I'd rather Malcolm in the middle lol

AllenTesch May 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM  

Isn't Christopher Masterson Hyde's brother?

Lundra May 5, 2011 at 5:48 AM  


Dave May 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

I love Malcolm in the middle as well lol.

SPT May 5, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

I didnt even know brokeback mountain was an indie film..

Spidey_Sense May 5, 2011 at 2:42 PM  

Randy Quaid must be hard up for cash.

Blog Hunt May 6, 2011 at 6:41 AM  

Ouch! Must have hurt :P

Marquall May 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

nice read

Beer-Nuts May 7, 2011 at 12:06 AM  

I haven't seen much of Randy Quaid lately, nice post!

Fortune May 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM  

Pretty art house indeed.


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