Gerard Butler files lawsuit against Olympus Has Fallen producers over profits

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Gerard Butler is suing the producers of Olympus Has Fallen, claiming that he is owed profits for the 2013 film.

The 51-year-old played Mike Banning, a former secret service agent who has to protect the president during a terrorist attack. He reprised the role in the 2014 sequel London Has Fallen and the 2019 sequel Angel Has Fallen.

According to Deadline, the lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday alleges that he is owed more than $10 million in profits. It further claimed that defendants Nu Image and Millenium Film "understated their own receipts and profits by over $11 million, including by failing to report approximately $8 million in payments to Producers' own senior executives".

"Producers have earned tens of millions of dollars from Olympus, but refuse to pay Butler a penny of the profits promised to him in the parties' agreement," reads the lawsuit.

"Producers embarked on a scheme designed to grossly misrepresent the finances of the Film to Butler, so that Butler would believe that no such payments were due."

The actor's suit comes days after Scarlett Johannsson filed a lawsuit against Disney over its decision to release Black Widow on streaming simultaneously as in cinemas.

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