Dan Bilzerian, the professional poker player, had loaned $1 million to the producers of “Lone Survivor” to get eight minutes on screen. But now he has filed a law suit against the producers for giving him must less than the eight minutes bargained for.
The producers had signed a contract with Bilzerian, according to the terms of which he would be given a minor role in the movie. “Lone Survivor” is based on a Navy SEAL mission and the poker player was to play the part of Sr. Chief Healy.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Bilzerian had filed court papers against George Furla and Randall Emmett, the producers of the movie, claiming that the two had broken their promise of giving him eight minutes on screen. Claiming that the producers had promised that he would “appear recognizably” on screen, he said that he had been promised dialogues of 80 words and eight minutes screen time. Bilzerian complained that, instead of the promised eight minutes, he was given less than a minute and only a line of dialogue.
A furious Bilzerian has therefore decided to drag the producers to court, demanding damages that would “be determined at trial.” According to the Bilzerian’s estimate, these damages will exceed $1.2 million, including the original amount of $1 million loaned to the producers plus a penalty of 20 percent on that amount.
The Bilzerian family has been known to take money seriously. Recently, Bilzerian shared a thought on riches on Twitter: “Rich people who are tight with money are more disgusting than poor people trying to flaunt it.”
The New York Times had published a profile of Paul, Dan’s father, a “takeover artist” who had amassed great wealth. Some critics of Dan said that the poker pro, who sometimes performs stunts, is a “trust fund baby” without an idea of the value of money or “even how hard it is to get.” Bilzerian’s IMDB page says that he had been a stuntman in Olympus Has Fallen.
“Lone Survivor,” which is scheduled to be out on Dec 27, stars Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster, who play the part of Navy SEALs trying to eliminate a Taliban leader. The movie is based on a real-life Navy SEAL mission, which ended in failure.
Bilzerian’s legal representative is Michael J. Plonsker. The producers Furla and Emmett have refused to comment on these developments.