Eva Green suggested she pretend to be in hospital when called to make a multimillion-pound sci-fi film that was later abandoned, the High Court has been told.
More news from the Casino Royale actress recently broke amid her legal battle with production company White Lantern Film over her planned starring role in dystopian thriller A Patriot.
The 42-year-old is suing the production company after the film was canceled in October 2019, claiming she is entitled to her one million dollar (£810,000) fee for the project, despite it being canceled under the terms of their agreement.
White Lantern Film and lender SMC Specialty Finance are filing a counterclaim against Ms. Green, alleging that she undermined production of the independent film and terminated the contract.
White Lantern’s Max Mallin KC said Ms Green had shown a “categorical and unequivocal denial of performance”.
On Tuesday, he said she was “so concerned about what would happen if she were specifically asked to perform” that she suggested to her agent Charles Collier in one of the recently shared messages “a story about Ms Green’s hospitalization.” invent”. .
The court was told that Ms Green’s message in September 2019 read: “If they come back to you and say they’re going to proceed with the film, what can we say…?
“Can we say that this situation made me sick over the weekend? We could say I had to go to the hospital because I had a bad rash all over my body?”
Ms Green then asked her agent if a doctor might be able to help, the court was told.
In written submissions, Mr Mallin added that Ms Green also “appeared to be contemplating faking a broken arm” to avoid a performance.
The lawyer said it was not up to Ms Green whether or not she was called to the set, adding: “What is within her control is whether or not she answers that call and on my submission she totally does.” clear it wasn’t her.”
He added that if Ms Green had been called to perform, “she wouldn’t have made the film”.
Mr. Mallin added in written submissions that most of Ms. Green’s evidence “was unconvincing and sometimes appeared to be rehearsed”.
Edmund Cullen KC, for Ms Green, said the actress faced “character assassination,” adding that it was “based on some of the cheapest and meanest kinds of stereotypes.”
He said the actress was described as being overly demanding and losing touch.
“Those kinds of lies are very harmful and they need to be stopped,” Mr. Cullen said.
The attorney later said White Lantern “vowed up allegations” that Ms Green had breached her contract, none of which were true.
He added, “Ms. Green was very interested in providing her acting services to White Lantern for this film.”
Mr Cullen said Ms Green did not give up the contract and that witnesses for White Lantern and the lender “came here to deceive the court”.
He said in written arguments: “The best thing there is, as she readily admitted, Ms Green said she works [executive producer] Mr. Seal “under control” would be “impossible”.
“However, this is of course still a long way from a refusal to perform [the contract].”
The lawyer added that Ms Green was never given the opportunity to perform or not as she was never prompted.
The court had previously heard the actress call potential crew members “fucking peasants,” the production a “b-shit movie,” and executive producer Jake Seal a “pure puke.”
In subsequent communications, Ms Green is also said to have described Mr Seal as a “sociopath” and “a really insane dictator who wants to prove he’s right so he’s ready for anything”.
Ms Green, who testified in the High Court in London for two days in January, said it was “humiliating” that her messages were being used in court.
Mr Cullen said she found the experience of providing evidence “difficult” and “very tiring” but she did her best to help the court and that the new news made “no difference” in terms of the facts of the case made.
Judge Michael Green will give his decision in writing at a later date.