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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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Blue Lake    

Really glad they're nailing him for this behavior. It's unacceptable and proof of why Keaton doesn't work more. What a pain in the ass. It's basically theft. Too bad he can't be charged criminally.

467 days ago


He WAS the best Batman though.

467 days ago

billy engerson    

well well well,dident mr keaton have something to do with jhonny dangerously,? well when your involved with movie have to devote you time to the finearts of it.which means you dont have time to think about being some,ego filled megga star,like the kim kardashins,of hellywood.if mr keaton owe"s them,money then give it to them,you can allways make more movies.try it again sam,this time stay focused,lol

467 days ago

Edwardo De amour    

This version of the making the TMG is almost pure fiction. It doesn't take much research to see the disparity between the Sundance reviews and the Theatrical reviews. Maybe you could find a reporter over there to look into it? Goldwyn and the Chicago folks recut the movie after it was sold WITHOUT Keaton. They messed it up (but made sure their daughters made it to the big screen - good call). The Sundance version was great. So good that it sold right away. Why Goldwyn would agree to recut the whole movie without Keaton is beyond me, but they did and they blew it. Look it up. Be reporters. Get the real story.

467 days ago


I kind of believe them. He seems like that type of person. I never did think his "talent" was all that.

467 days ago


His career ended a long, long time ago. He is an old, bald, has-been. NO ONE in Hollywood wants him. Time to retire or start doing conventions in your Batman suit.

467 days ago


Um, seems like a one sided story here....

Here's what I know. I saw the film at Sundance. It was GREAT. Once the film sold (which happened immediately at Sundance), the producers negotiated a recut without Keaton (and demanded to add their daughters back in the film for one thing). Then I saw it in the theater, and it SUCKED. Check the Sundance reviews! Sundance reviews are across the board GREAT. Theatrical release? Not so much.

There's a better story here, and when it breaks the real D-Bags will be sent back to Chigaco and won't be producing another film soon.

467 days ago


Everybody wants to take credit for a successful movie and wants to blame everyone but themselves for a failed one.

467 days ago


I always heard he was a real difficult person, that's probably why we have not heard much about him for the last 20 years nobody wants to work with him...he will be blackballed

467 days ago


I actually worked with him for a day on this project in Chicago and he was exceptionally nice. Posing with a kid in a Batman suit and signing two basketballs for the bar's NCAA Tourney that we were having lunch at.

467 days ago


I read Michael Keaton's next film will be a Max Hardcore production. It pays the bills I guess.

467 days ago


Michael Keaton is awesome and a badass. Piss on those turds.

467 days ago

Roman Moroni    

Thos suns of bostiges - U iceholes!

467 days ago


looks like his hair transplant did not take well, CAN YOU SAY RINGER. He isn't aging that good either, Damn he's looking old.

466 days ago
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