Sylvester Stallone isn't done with Brazil, yet – though he sure wishes he were.
About ten days ago, Stallone joked at Comic-Con that while filming The Expendables in Rio (in spring 2009) he discovered that in Brazil you could kill people and blow everything up, and locals would say “thank you” and offer you a monkey. That led to a widespread Brazilian-led Twitter offensive and much criticism in the Brazilian media, which in turn led to Stallone's apology.
Now comes The Expendables' Brazilian partner, production company O2 Filmes (City of God and Blindness, both directed by O2 co-founder Fernando Meirelles), with a lawsuit against the US actor and the LA-based Nu Image/Millennium Films. O2 claims that they're owed approximately US$2.2 million.
O2 said the following in a statement:
“In 2009 O2 performed production services for the film [The] Expendables, directed and acted in by Sylvester Stallone … until now, the company is awaiting reimbursement for its expenditure.”
According to a Veja magazine report, “while the Americans were in Brazil, weekly payments were made into O2's account, but as soon as Stallone and his team returned home, the funds dried up.”
A year ago, there were reports in the Brazilian media that the Expendables' producers owed about $460,000 to 50 Brazilians who provided services for the film.
Directed/co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables opens in the US (and in Brazil) on Aug. 13. Also in the film's cast: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, and Eric Roberts.
Photo: The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Nu Image/Millennium Films)