The producer, described by actress Eva Green as ‘pure vomit’, begins evidence in the High Court
A producer of a failed sci-fi film called “pure vomit” by actress Eva Green didn’t know she was throwing “all that poignancy” at him, the Supreme Court has heard.
ake Seal, the owner of Black Hangar Studios in Hampshire, began testifying Monday afternoon in the lawsuit between the Casino royale Star and a production company about the film’s collapse A patriot.
On the seventh day of the London trial, Mr Seal began hearing evidence, telling the court he had very limited contact with the actress.
“I wasn’t supposed to know that she hated me and had all this nastiness towards me,” he said.
“I have met Ms Green only once in person at a meeting attended by her, the former directors and Mr Harry Boyd… Aside from that meeting, I have only ever communicated with her by email,” Mr Seal added added proof to his letter.
The court previously heard that Ms Green had described Mr Seal as a “sneaky sociopath”, “nasty”, “pure vomit” and “a liar and a lunatic”.
Max Mallin KC of White Lantern Film said that in exchanges with her agent and the film’s screenwriter, Ms Green also described Mr Seal as “the devil” and production manager Terry Bird as a “fucking idiot”. and described the couple as “total assholes”.
In another message, Ms Green claimed her “soul will die” if she had to shoot the film with Mr Seal at Black Hangar Studios, Mr Mallin said.
Mr. Seal continued in his testimony that Ms. Green “constantly pushed for expensive and often unnecessary staff that the film’s budget could not afford.”
He added: “Ms Green’s demands were all at much higher rates than the budget could sustain, often twice what it could sustain, and were neither necessary nor rates that I thought White Lantern or Black Hangar would have to accept them.”
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The French actress was set to star in the film, but production halted in October 2019.
She is now suing White Lantern Film, claiming that she was entitled to her $1 million fee, while production company and lender SMC Specialty Finance are countersuing, alleging that she undermined production of the independent film.
During her testimony, Ms Green said she has a “very direct way of saying things” and that “sometimes she says things you don’t mean.”
She continued, “You say you hate a person and you say, ‘I’m going to kill that person.’
“Are you going to kill this person? No. It is a cry from the heart.”
The court also previously heard evidence from Harry Boyd – a first assistant director on the project who later resigned – who described Black Hangar Studios as “like a morgue” and “an airplane hangar with leaks and no soundproofing”.
Production designer Damien Creagh raised concerns about soundproofing and the crew on set, the court also heard, claiming it had been suggested that Mr Seal’s wife could be the production’s props master despite her lack of experience.
In his written evidence, Mr Seal said the Hampshire studio was used to produce films and television shows, including Star Wars Rogue One And Doctor Whoand that Black Hangar Studios “provide services for essentially the same type of films as the UK’s largest studios”.
The producer contradicted Mr Boyd that there were problems with soundproofing or weatherproofing, adding that it was dry when Mr Boyd visited the studio.
Mr Seal will complete his evidence on Tuesday and the trial will conclude on Friday, with a written decision expected at a later date.
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