’So­cial Net­work’ ac­tor sues over hor­ror pic

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMUSIC -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Af­ter The So­cial Net­work’s end­less scenes of de­po­si­tions, Jesse Eisen­berg should have a pretty firm ground­ing in the le­gal sys­tem. That might come in handy. Last week, the Os­car nom­i­nee hit Lion­s­gate and Grind­stone En­ter­tain­ment with a $ 3 mil­lion (R24.4m) law­suit, charg­ing the com­pa­nies with falsely ad­ver­tis­ing his cameo in Camp Hell as a lead role in the low-bud­get hor­ror film.

The Zom­bieland star claims that in 2007 he agreed to spend one day film­ing a small part in the film as a favour to friends. In a law­suit filed in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court, he says that he re­ceived only min­i­mal com­pen­sa­tion for his work.

Yet art for the film’s DVD jacket trades heav­ily on Eisen­berg’s min­i­mal work, fea­tur­ing a large photo of his face and his name above the ti­tle.

“Eisen­berg’s rep­u­ta­tion and good­will with the pub­lic and his fans will be se­verely harmed if they are duped into pur­chas­ing a copy of the Camp Hell DVD as a re­sult of false ad­ver­tis­ing by de­fen­dants that it is a hor­ror film star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg,” the com­plaint reads.

Lion­s­gate de­clined to com­ment. – Reuters

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