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Michael Keaton

Bad Director, Diva & Grinch

... Says Lawsuit

4/11/2013 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Keaton's alter ego ain't Batman anymore ... it's Hollywood D-bag -- this according to movie producers who claim Keaton's diva antics torpedoed their Christmastime flick.

Keaton is being sued by Merry Gentleman, LLC -- a production company that claims it sunk more than $4 million to make "The Merry Gentleman" ... which Keaton both directed and starred in.

In the suit, filed in federal court in Illinois, M.G. claims Keaton was a total pain in the ass from the moment production began in 2007.

First example -- M.G. claims they put time, energy and money into building an editing facility for Keaton in California ... and once it was set up, Keaton decided to go on a fly-fishing trip to Montana. M.G claims Keaton forced the production company to build another editing facility in MT, so he could work and play at the same time.

Second example -- M.G. claims Keaton slacked on the directing duties at first ... and he knew it ... because he personally told producers his first cut was a piece of crap.

According to the suit, producers decided to cut their own version of the movie ... and when Keaton found out, he flipped -- threatening to use his connections to have the movie pulled from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival unless they agreed to run one of Keaton's versions instead.

Producers conceded ... but M.G. claims Keaton's diva antics continued ... because when it came time to promote the film on "GMA," Keaton was less than enthusiastic about the movie.

The flick eventually bombed in theaters -- raking in less than $350k ... and producers are pointing the finger solely at Keaton.

M.G. is suing for unspecified damages -- likely in the millions. Calls to Keaton's camp have not been returned.


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Lawsuits won't go anywhere, but the publicity may cause Keaton from getting work. I didn't know Keaton was still alive before this article, perhaps they'll hire Steve Guttenberg next time instead. Are they going to to try and claim they didn't know Michael Keaton was like this going into the project? Pffft....

559 days ago


I haven't heard anything about Michael Keaton in years. I thought he may have retired from the business. WOW an celeb being a pain in the ass???!!!! Imagine that.

559 days ago


He's always been difficult. His best film was Night Shift and that's over 30 years ago.

559 days ago


MG will get and they deserve nothing. The fly fishing trip was more than enough to tell them what kind of dickwad they were dealing with. They should have fired him then. They stuck with him and his antics so now they can blame nobody but themselves. …and by the way MG, when you see stuff like this, give someone else a chance at your project. Someone who really wants to make a name for themselves but can’t get a break. You’ll spend less and get a fab product.

559 days ago


Michael Keaton -Beetlejuice! But obnoxious!

559 days ago


Keaton is close to the point of hosting a game show or something like Louie Anderson and The Family Feud.

559 days ago


His career slipped after he and Courteney Cox spilt up

559 days ago


They are suing because the movie bombed. Don't think things went smoothly with Star Wars (IV) and Jaws and yet ... And what about two editing facilities? Chuckle - they are also suing because they were stupid enough to have a crap contract that allowed this whimsical non-sense. Too bad for them ..... SUCKERS!

PS - I can't find any website that would make me $10,000/hour working on me laptop out of a camper with a flat tire. Oh well.

559 days ago


"claims it sunk" - try sank, or has sunk

559 days ago


tmz is risking becoming the "has been" site. seems like most of the content these days involves "has beens" or just as bad, talentless rappers and bieber types.

559 days ago


Still the best Batman...

559 days ago


I love Michael Keaton💛

559 days ago


what a s***bag diva. why do these hollywood *******s think they are so high and mighty? he never has had much of a career and i hope this keeps him from getting more!

all divas should be held accountable for their actions!

559 days ago

Greg Popoff    

It would help if the movie didn't suck so much.

559 days ago


After his scene in night shift when he was driving his car singing rolling stones jumping jack flash he could do anything he's a classic Hollywood star one of the coolest case closed

559 days ago
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