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Brendan Fraser

Sues Over 'William Tell'

Pay Me My $2 Million!!!

5/9/2012 2:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Brendan Fraser claims the producers behind a new 3D movie about William Tell have screwed him out of more than $2 million in acting fees -- and now, he's suing for every penny ... plus more.

Brendan filed the lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court -- claiming producer Todd Moyer hired him to act in "The Legend of William Tell: 3D" in early 2011, promising to begin shooting in October of that year.

Brendan claims he fully committed to the schedule -- passing up several other lucrative acting jobs to remain available for the William Tell gig.

But according to the lawsuit, Moyer couldn't stay on schedule due to financing problems -- relegating the William Tell project to development hell. The movie is still listed in pre-production on IMDb.

Brendan says his contract guarantees a payout of $2.25 million whether the film shoots or not -- and now, he wants all that money ... plus additional damages. All told, Brendan wants more than $3 million.

Todd Moyer tells TMZ, "This is the first I have heard of this lawsuit. As we told Mr. Fraser’s reps,  we are ready, willing and able to make the movie for the September 3rd start date. [Producer] Julius Nasso and I have the movie fully financed."

Moyer adds, "Unfortunately, Mr. Fraser does not seem to be interested in making the movie as a 2D film as the producers intend to do. This is not a contractual decision Mr. Fraser has the ability to make."

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Butters_Creamy_Goo    

première

807 days ago
2.

Rob    

fatty fat fat fat

807 days ago
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Jack    

3 mill is probably more than the movie would have grossed with Brendan starring. Why anyone would hire this guy to star in a movie is beyond comprehension. His IMDb filmography might as well be written on toilet paper.

807 days ago
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Jay W.     

Elizabeth Hurley was good in the Bedazzled remake !

807 days ago
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parlayer    

getting paid for a low shot??? "I should have aimed higher" sorry buddy

807 days ago
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Abe    

Is he one of John Travolta's masseurs? He wants the same amount of money.

x

807 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

I haven't heard his name in probably 20 or more years. Who would want him as the star of anything?

807 days ago
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Carl    

The truth is all in the fine print of the contract. That should spell out who is right and who is wrong here.

807 days ago
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Truth    

2D? 3D?? WHO CARESSSS. BRENDAN FRASER IS A HAS BEEN. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THIS DUDE HEADLINED ANY FILM? EXACTLY... STFU BITCH AND STICK TO THE CONTRACT. IF THE PRODUCER IS TELLING THE TRUTH THIS D-LIST ACTOR IS TRYING TO RENEGE OUT OF THE CONTRACT VIA TITLE TECHNICALITY WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS PAY. #EPICFLOP #TRUTH!!

807 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

"passing up several other lucrative acting jobs to remain available for the William Tell gig."? He hasnt been offered very many acting jobs since the 90's. That being said, if his contract said he gets paid if the movie gets made or not then they have to pay up.

807 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Brendan, dude, you're terrible actor...take what you can get!

807 days ago
12.

Kabala    

He has a double chin. Too many In-N-Out Burgers...

807 days ago
13.

Grace    

Drop The Teleprompter And Step Away From The White House - NOBAMA 2012

807 days ago
14.

Bridget    

Wow, this is gonna make for a very awkward first day of shooting.


What are some of you people talking about in regards to Brendan Frasers career? The Mummy franchise alone was HUGE. And he does many smaller but critically acclaimed work. Plus...he's adorible.


And I don't care what anyone else says...Encino Man is a classic...k, buuuuudiee.

807 days ago
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Santo    

Wow, in about two years Brendan Fraser went from a respectable-looking professional actor to a goofy looking dude with a muppet face and bad hair plugs.

807 days ago
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