Friday, March 24, 2006
More Brokeback tears
As a follow-up to my previous Brokeback Mountain crying posts (found here, here and even here), Randy Quaid, the "instantly recognizable household name and much-admired actor on the world's stage (and feature film and television screens)," filed a lawsuit Thursday in the Los Angeles branch of the Superior Court of the State of California against the movie's producers. Quaid's lawsuit claims that the producers falsely represented the movie to him as "a low-budget, art house film, with no prospect of making any money."
As you may remember from seeing the movie, Randy played Joe Aguirre, the homophobic man who caught his two employees (played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal) having sex while they were supposed to be herding his sheep. According to Wikipedia, this was a perfect part for Randy since "Quaid is often considered to be at his best when portraying either drunks or rednecks."
Now that Brokeback has grossed about $160 million, Quaid wants his share. The suit seeks damages in the amount of $10 million. Read more about it here and read the complaint here (hat tip Drudge Report).
Notes from an agreeable Kettle:
1. Randy Quaid was in Brokeback for all of 20 minutes. He should pipe down.
2. Said article also reports, "Quaid agreed to waive his usual seven-figure fee and share of gross profits in favor of a much smaller payment, the suit claims, although it doesn't say how much he was paid." Who in God's name is giving Randy Quaid a share of the gross profits?
3. Randy Quaid's biggest claim to fame is the embarrassingly dumb Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon movies.4. I was hoping he was nominated for many a Razzie. Sadly, no.