A man who says he gave more than $100,000 to charity to get a few lines in Scary Movie 5 is suing the La Jolla Playhouse and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein after allegedly being given just two words in another film.
Michael Trigg filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Charitybuzz Inc, The Weinstein Co. and the La Jolla Playhouse. The suit alleges breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and violations of both the Business and Professions Code and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.
Charitybuzz is a for-profit web-based company that raises funds for nonprofits via online auctions with celebrities and brands. A representative did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
Trigg believes that $80,000 of his donation to Charitybuzz was given to the La Jolla Playhouse, the suit states.
According to the lawsuit, despite efforts to “resolve the shortcoming in the performance by Charitybuzz, The Weinstein Co. and La Jolla (Playhouse) in delivering on the promise of a full sentence line in a major motion picture, no resolution has been offered to or received by Trigg,” his suit states.
According to the complaint, in September 2012 Trigg asked about a Charitybuzz program, “Do Good, Dream Big,” aimed at fulfilling the “dream experience” of donors.
He was promised that if he paid $100,000, he would be given a few speaking lines in “Scary Movie 5″ and a 20-minute meeting with Weinstein CEO Harvey Weinstein, whose company produced “Scary Movie 5.”
Trigg agreed to pay $100,000, plus $1,750 in taxes, the suit states. He was not told that his lines may be cut or about possible changes in the shooting schedule, the suit states. Trigg objected because he was not getting what he was promised, but eventually agreed to a speaking role in another film, “Demonic,” the suit states.
But instead of having a full sentence of dialogue, Trigg was confined to saying “Hey, detective” and nodding his head in response to another character, the suit states.
“His two-word line … was, at most, a sentence fragment based on any grammatical understanding or definition of the word ‘sentence,”‘ the suit states.
– City News Service