Gerard Butler Alleges He Was Deprived of 'Fair Share' of Olympus Has Fallen Profits in $10M Lawsuit
Gerard Butler is suing Olympus over decreased profits
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Gerard Butler is suing his payout from one of his hit movies, claiming he didn't get his fair share of the profits.
The 51-year-old movie star claims Nu Image Inc./Millennium Films "embarked on an extensive, premeditated plan to deprive him of his share of the profits from the 2013 movie" Olympus Has Fallen, "according to court documents filed on Friday emerges from PEOPLE received.
Butler accuses the company of deliberately misrepresenting profits and underestimating them so that it does not pay out the full agreed percentage of actual profits.
"The producers made tens of millions of dollars from Olympus but refused to pay Butler a penny of the gross receipts and profits promised to him in the parties' agreement," the documents read. "... Butler refuses to tolerate misrepresentation and other unlawful conduct by the Defendants. Butler has worked with the Defendants to create an extremely successful film franchise. He's demanding his fair share."
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Butler is filing a jury trial asking for $ 10 million in damages plus additional fees and interest.
A Millennium Media spokesman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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Butler played and produced Olympus Has Fallen, which became a surprise box-office hit and resulted in two sequels, London Has Fallen in 2016 and Angel Has Fallen in 2019.
Deadline reported in November that Butler would repeat his role for a fourth film in the franchise called Night Has Fallen. The outlet added on Friday that the project was "ongoing" in development.
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Millennium is behind such recent action films as Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, Rambo: Last Blood, The Expendables and 2018's Hunter Killer, which also featured Butler.
According to Millennium Media's official website, the independent film company funds, produces, and sells five to eight star-driven films worldwide each year with budgets between $ 20 million and $ 80 million.
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Butler told Entertainment Weekly in June 2020 about the return for the upcoming fourth part. "Yes, I think you will see another one," he said at the time. "We are playing with another really fantastic idea that we are currently working on and that we obviously cannot say much about."
In October 2018, Butler talked about training to be a lawyer before continuing his acting career. The Scottish star said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, "Well, it depends what you mean by 'a lawyer". I studied law for five years and then trained as a lawyer for two years. "He said he was" a bit of a high-flyer "until he started working in the industry and realized that law was" not for me. "
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