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Holy S**t! John Goodman Sued Over Pope Flick

4/3/2007 8:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Goodman is in hot holy water with a German film company after he allegedly backed out of playing the role of Pope.

According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Constantin Film Produktion, Goodman "entered an oral agreement" in or around February 2007, to play the role of Pope Sergius in an upcoming film titled, "Pope Joan," for the sum of $500,000. However, two months before shooting was to begin, Constantin claims the actor reneged on the deal and had his lawyer break the bad news via a March 14 email.

In the lawsuit, Constantin claims that Goodman "knew that Constantin would rely on his promise by not casting or seeking to cast any other actors for the role of Pope Serguis" and because of that, lost "significant sums" on pre-production activities. Now, Constantin is asking for more than $3 million to cover their losses.

In a statement to TMZ, Goodman's rep, Stan Rosenfield, said, "There were talks about Mr. Goodman participating in the "Pope Joan" project, although no agreement was ever reached. This is a frivolous lawsuit."

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maxii    

I GUESS EVERYBODY GETS SUED TODAY IS THIS A SPECIAL

2667 days ago
2.

richard    

$500,000????? Thats chump change.

No wonder he didn't want to do it.

2667 days ago
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Kevin Keckeisen    

Would someone PLEASE acknowledge the fact that it's John Goodman's voice-over in the new Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats With Strawberry, as the animated "pink" frosted mini-wheat??!! It's hissssssssss voice!!!!!!!!

2667 days ago
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Walter    

Donny you're out of your element!

2667 days ago
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Ken Sherman    

Unless there was a physical contract that there was an agreement, or a tentative agreement, simply discussing a project doesn't obligate either party. This probably is an attempt to get publicity for the project.

2666 days ago
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K ay    

I don't like John Goodman, I never have. I don't care how much of a "good guy "act he puts on. He wants other people to donate to charities, but why doesn't he cut back on some of his spending sprees and donate THAT amount of money. I think when you give your word on a deal, it should be honored . That is the sign of a MAN with integrity.

2666 days ago

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