Actress Faizon Love is suing Universal studios, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
The reason is the eleven-year-old movie poster for “Couples retreat,” from 2009, along with Swedes Malin Åkerman, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, and Faizon Love.
The first poster for the film features all the actors and love couples in the film, including Faizon Love and his wife, Kali Hawn, played by the only non-white couple in the film:
But when the film was sent internationally, Faizon Love and Kali Hawn came out of the movie poster.
Universal Studios apologized ten years ago, but now Faizon Love is suing the film company, saying it did not keep what the parties agreed to.
“Universal studios had no problem being black actors in black actors. But when it came to marketing the film to an international audience, Universal Studios chose to distinguish between black and white feature film actors. Instead of rejoicing over the maximum exposure at the film’s premiere, Faizon Love fell to the invisible man. “, can be read in the lawsuit, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“Couple Retreat” was the number one spot in the biotope and was a hit with SEK 1.5 billion – a budget well above SEK 500 million.
“However, Faizon Love was put in the back seat on the trip that his six white stars enjoyed.”, is written in the lawsuit, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Supposedly, film roles have been promised
The fight for the film’s poster began in 2009.
At the time, Universal Studios first claimed that it was a matter of “simplifying” the poster by reducing the number of actors in the image. They then said they regretted the decision and decided to continue using the poster for the first film.
According to Faizon Love, the film company was to be promised “important” film roles in the future as compensation.
Something that hasn’t happened so far, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
The case of Faizon Love is not the first that Hollywood film companies have encountered criticism of marketing and highlighting black actors.
In 2015, John Boyega was removed from the lineup of the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” before being presented in China. In the original poster, John Boyega received significantly more exposure, for example, compared to Harrison Ford.
And in 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor, the nine-time Oscar-nominated “12-year-old slave” who later won the Oscar for Best Picture, had to step aside in favor of Brad Pitt, who had a small role in the film.