’Social Network’ actor sues over horror pic
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