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Randy Quaid Sues Over 'Brokeback'
TMZ.com ^ | 3-23-06

Posted on 03/24/2006 4:46:03 AM PST by veronica

Actor claims producers defrauded him

(Mar. 23) -- Randy Quaid has filed a lawsuit claiming he was done in by producers of 'Brokeback Mountain.'

TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming producers falsely represented the movie to him as \"a low-budget, art house film, with no prospect of making any money.\" Qauid claims the representations were a ruse from the beginning. 'Brokeback' has grossed around $160 million.

Quaid's suit claims that in 2004, he met with director Ang Lee, who offered him the role of Joe Aguirre. The suit alleges that Lee told Quaid: "We can't pay anything, we have very little money, everyone is making a sacrifice to make this film."

The suit does not specifically state how much Quaid made, but it does claim that the defendants "were engaged in a 'movie laundering' scheme designed to obtain the services of talent such as Randy Quaid on economically unfavorable art film terms..."

The suit asks for $10 million in damages as well as punitive damages. It also seeks "restitution for all ill-gotten gains."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brokebackmountain; gollywoodpinglist; hollywoodpinglist
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1 posted on 03/24/2006 4:46:04 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica

So much for his apparent IQ...


2 posted on 03/24/2006 4:47:27 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: veronica

Well, this is interesting!


3 posted on 03/24/2006 4:48:04 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: veronica

Cat Fight! Pass the popcorn.


4 posted on 03/24/2006 4:50:14 AM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Publius6961
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5 posted on 03/24/2006 4:51:31 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: veronica

Holy crap. Wonder if he'll be suing Wall Street next because he failed to buy in and get out before the dot coms went bust?!

Talk about taking zero personal responsibility. Why can't he just kick his own ass like the rest of us do when we miss an opportunity?


6 posted on 03/24/2006 4:52:51 AM PST by Capagrl (Never argue with stupid people; they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.)
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To: veronica

Yep, because people are so desperate to have Randy Quaid in their films that they'll engage in fraud. Puh-leeze.


7 posted on 03/24/2006 4:53:35 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: veronica

What, he just did it for the sex scenes(?)


8 posted on 03/24/2006 4:54:26 AM PST by The Duke
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To: veronica
Qauid claims the representations were a ruse from the beginning. 'Brokeback' has grossed around $160 million.

Actually that is the worldwide gross, according to BoxOfficeMojo. BM grossed about 80 million in the US(and falling fast) and probably the rest in Europe and also I wouldn't doubt that much of that gross was of homosexual advocates buying multiple tickets.

9 posted on 03/24/2006 5:01:23 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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This would have been a great chance for Randy to explore the "Cousin Eddie" character from the National Lampooon "Vacation" series. He already knew some appropriate lines:

"Make sure you get the gerbils and the rubber sheets!"

"Merry Christmas! Shitter was full!"

"Merry Christmas, Clark! You ready to do some kissin'?"


10 posted on 03/24/2006 5:02:31 AM PST by redlenses
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To: Wolfie
I think there is probably merit to his case, at least in theory. Often you build a movie by getting actors with recognizable, bankable names to come on first, then entice others to come onboard by using the name you have already gotten to commit. It's a frequently employed gambit. Whether it can be proved in court to have harmed Quaid is another matter.
11 posted on 03/24/2006 5:02:38 AM PST by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: veronica
I am about to cry it is a sad day when a producer or director gives an actor a snow job..I am joking..I think Quade should be worried about how many people is going to want to see his movies because of this Queer film..It is all about that buck and they could care less how they make it..
12 posted on 03/24/2006 5:04:44 AM PST by Beth528
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To: The Duke

He signed on as Heath Ledger's body double...


13 posted on 03/24/2006 5:07:10 AM PST by bondjamesbond (RICE '08)
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To: veronica

Brokeback lawyers will use the "Quaid is a closet homo and did the move on principle" defense.


14 posted on 03/24/2006 5:08:16 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

move=movie


15 posted on 03/24/2006 5:08:36 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Beth528
I don't think it was about a snow job.........
16 posted on 03/24/2006 5:08:53 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: veronica

So I guess the Quaid's just wanted to have the complete set. One plays a Pedophile Rock singer and one plays a gay sheepherder.


17 posted on 03/24/2006 5:10:51 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: redlenses

Maybe someone will post that shot of him pumping the RV crapper-tank into the storm sewer... says it all.


18 posted on 03/24/2006 5:12:14 AM PST by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: veronica

After seeing Randy Quaid in the movie INDEPENDENCE DAY, I sure as hell don't want to see him on the big screen having carnal relations with another male.


19 posted on 03/24/2006 5:13:34 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot

For the record, Quaid plays the local boss-man who refuses to rehire the two gay guys after discovering their relationship.


20 posted on 03/24/2006 5:16:07 AM PST by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: commish

***So I guess the Quaid's just wanted to have the complete set. One plays a Pedophile Rock singer and one plays a gay sheepherder.***

Nope, he played a "homophobic" boss who caught the two poofers at it. "Homophobic" in quotes is Wikopedia's explanation.


21 posted on 03/24/2006 5:18:21 AM PST by kitkat (Democrats: Millions for politics, but not one cent for national defense.)
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To: Red Badger

LOL!!I guess you are right there..I t took me a while to get what you meant,then I laughted out loud...


22 posted on 03/24/2006 5:20:18 AM PST by Beth528
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To: kitkat
Nope, he played a "homophobic" boss who caught the two poofers at it. "Homophobic" in quotes is Wikopedia's explanation.

DOH! You can make me read stuff, but comprehension is apparently beyond me. I thought he was miffed at the offer and wanted the part. Thanks for the correction. I am a moron.

23 posted on 03/24/2006 5:23:08 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: veronica

Quaid would have been really good 'playing' a homosexual.


24 posted on 03/24/2006 5:25:14 AM PST by Dustbunny (Thought hitched up the wagon and the horses ran away.)
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To: veronica

Quaid should've known to negotiate "backend money".

(Especially in light of the subject matter of Brokeback.)


25 posted on 03/24/2006 5:29:20 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: veronica

From what I see here I don't think he has much of a case. Fraud requires an intentional misrepresentation of a material fact. The producer's statement to Quaid sounds like opinion, unless, in fact, people were not making sacrifices (a pretty loose term) to make the film. The fact that the movie ended up, somehow, making money, was not a fact prior to the film being made, of course. This sounds like "puffing" (an apt term given the subject matter of the film) and not fraud. Quaid just didn't negotiate well. He should have agreed to a percentage of the box office if they wouldn't pay him the up front money he thought he deserved.

I think he just screwed up (pun intended).


26 posted on 03/24/2006 5:29:31 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: NCLaw441
Quaid just didn't negotiate well. He should have agreed to a percentage of the box office if they wouldn't pay him the up front money he thought he deserved.

I agree.

27 posted on 03/24/2006 5:31:19 AM PST by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: veronica
He turned down the part because there was no money promised and now wants to sue to get money that he did not earn anyway?

Or was he snookered by a slick 'chi com' into putting up his own money and now gets nothing in return?

Hey Quaid....you whorlywood types are all alike on both sides of the 'Bamboozle Curtain'

....Who cares if you got screw4d blue and tatooed...

Nothin' personal ..it's just business...

Bwahahahaha

28 posted on 03/24/2006 5:36:54 AM PST by joesnuffy (Everytime Peta puts out a new edict...I kill a bunny)
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To: veronica
Often you build a movie by getting actors with recognizable, bankable names to come on first, then entice others to come onboard by using the name you have already gotten to commit.

Absolutely. But Randy Quaid ain't enticing anybody.

29 posted on 03/24/2006 5:46:53 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: veronica
a 'movie laundering' scheme designed to obtain the services of talent such as Randy Quaid

Apparently, they weren't reaching for the stars....sort to say.

30 posted on 03/24/2006 5:50:41 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: veronica

You might say Randi took it in the a..........!


31 posted on 03/24/2006 5:53:32 AM PST by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: joesnuffy

Does anyone know if "QUICK CHANGE" is available on DVD? It starred Bill Murray, Gena Davis and Randy Quaid...

"Flores! Flores para los muertos!"


32 posted on 03/24/2006 5:59:34 AM PST by FreeManWhoCan (---an American..............)
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To: veronica

Actually it was a bath house movie gone mainstream.


33 posted on 03/24/2006 6:01:37 AM PST by OldFriend (HELL IS TOO GOOD FOR OUR MAINSTREAM MEDIA)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Sounds like he got bent over the table during negotiations.


34 posted on 03/24/2006 6:02:30 AM PST by ChiefJayStrongbow
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To: All

"I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself..."

35 posted on 03/24/2006 6:04:58 AM PST by monkapotamus
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To: billorites

ROFL, great pic. HAHAH, saved to HD for further reference.


36 posted on 03/24/2006 6:09:09 AM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of an 2 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: veronica

Geez, there's a really good joke to be made here, but I can't fugure out how to phrase it for a "family friendly site"...


37 posted on 03/24/2006 6:10:33 AM PST by kevkrom ("...no one has ever successfully waged a war against stupidity" - Orson Scott Card)
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To: New Perspective

man this has to be a joke. I dont think I have seen a serious movie with Randy in it....might have made the movie better if he was in it.


38 posted on 03/24/2006 6:13:20 AM PST by Kewlhand`tek (Those that can't , Teach. Those that can't teach , Report)
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To: Kewlhand`tek
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117523/

The Siege at Ruby Ridge, Randy Quaid....Randy Weaver

39 posted on 03/24/2006 6:18:03 AM PST by monkapotamus
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To: Kewlhand`tek

He's had a few over a near 40 year career.


40 posted on 03/24/2006 6:38:05 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: redlenses

Eddie: "Every time Catherine would turn on the microwave, I'd piss my pants and forget who I was for about half an hour. "


41 posted on 03/24/2006 6:56:12 AM PST by GunRunner
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To: GunRunner

"Yeah, but daddy says I'm the best at it."


42 posted on 03/24/2006 6:58:32 AM PST by Richard Kimball (I like to make everyone's day a little more surreal)
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To: veronica

This is interesting from a contractual point of view.

With studios trying to "launder" movies into appearing independent but in fact still owned by the studios. Thus you can make a "controversial" film without huring the suits.

This is a business issue which can ultimatly favor conservative themes. No longer will the left wingers of hollywood be able to tap into big budge resources to make agenda films like that homosexual porn film.


43 posted on 03/24/2006 7:14:54 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: veronica

"Bust a deal. Face the wheel!"

44 posted on 03/24/2006 7:25:16 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Kewlhand`tek
He was in Midnight Express.

A great movie about hashish smuggler sent to a Turkish prison.

45 posted on 03/24/2006 7:31:48 AM PST by kaboom
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To: veronica

Holy crap! Producers ripping off actors! I can't believe it! What has Hollywood come to?


46 posted on 03/24/2006 7:33:47 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: veronica

Oh...didn't know he appeared in Brokeback. Thanks.


47 posted on 03/24/2006 7:35:22 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Publius6961

Hey Randy, did you really think the producers of a leftist propaganda film would be really honorable and trustworthy people?

Simple solution: Don't appear in these kind of films.


48 posted on 03/24/2006 7:35:44 AM PST by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: NCLaw441
From what I see here I don't think he has much of a case. Fraud requires an intentional misrepresentation of a material fact.

Right, and the government can't take your property for private enterprise. < /sarcasm >

49 posted on 03/24/2006 7:42:35 AM PST by lewislynn (Fairtax = lies, hope, wishful thinking, conjecture and lies. (no it's not a mistake)
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To: veronica
For the record, Quaid plays the local boss-man who refuses to rehire the two gay guys after discovering their relationship.

Thanks. It took me until your post to figure out if he was in the movie or not. The writer of the article is rather vague about it.

Randy Quaid is hardly a big enough star to complain that he was cheated out of big star money. I'm sure they paid him more than a "Randy Quaid" is worth.

He doesn't exactly put asses in the seats.

50 posted on 03/24/2006 7:47:48 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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