September 7th 2022
Welcome back to StarWatch, kiddos. I’m Callie C and still with me is our all-knowing legal eagle, Monroe Kubo, who thankfully didn’t run away when I hounded her for legal advice during the break. It was definitely for a friend though.
That’s why you’re the best, which is exactly why I forced you to stick around to give us your expert opinion on the biggest scandal of the week. Former teen dream Bo Lynn has sued the producers of Time Riser for lost wages after being fired from the vid’s starring role.
The former heartthrob, who’s been pounding the pavement to flip a flagging career while dealing with an extremely messy and public separation from Julie Marks, finally landed a lead role in Time Riser, the highly anticipated new vid from Amadi Murnau. According to insiders, Bo believed this role would be his ticket back to the A-list and wholly dedicated himself to preparing for it.
Time Riser is, of course, based on the immersive, action-packed apocalyptic survival sim of the same name, which even I’ve heard about so it must be big. The budget is allegedly astronomical, partly due to Murnau insisting that the vid’s massive action sequences use practical effects. Bo Lynn bought into her vision wholeheartedly and, according to the vid’s producers, took it upon himself to hire an entourage of trainers and survival specialists to prepare him for the role. That’s weird, right? Aren’t these costs that a production would normally pick up?
And, boy oh boy, did things go wrong. Although verifying certain specifics has been difficult – and trust me I’ve tried – I’ve confirmed that Bo died, yes died, and regenned several times while preparing for the role. This allegedly includes him freezing to death after spending a night alone in the mountains and falling to death – shattering almost every bone along the way – while free soloing a canyon wall. Talk about taking method acting to an absolutely absurd extreme.
When filming began, the producers claim the injuries Bo suffered during his intense prep hampered his ability to do stunts. Multiple regens over a short period of time compounded these physical issues. The producers claim that health and safety concerns left them no choice but to fire Bo and recast brawny David Brundle in the role.
Now, here’s where things get truly weird and wild. Because Bo has good representation and a bit of cache from his early days as a star, his contract had a “pay or play” clause. Monroe, can you explain exactly what that is? And how can I get one?
And it’s my understanding that this clause would also be triggered if that person was fired, right?
Like a guarantee that signing onto a project will be worth it for them. That way if they hold certain dates and potentially turn down other projects, they’re still compensated for that time.
So here’s what I don’t understand, why did the producers of Time Riser even give this clause to Bo? I mean, he hasn’t been a big draw for years and probably needed the vid more than the vid needed him?
Now, despite losing his life a few times, his strange method of clashing extreme sports and acting prep wouldn’t be such a big scandal if the production paid his full contract after recasting him. But that’s not what happened here. Instead, they claimed that Bo dying and regenning essentially voided the “pay or play” clause in the contract. What’s their argument here? Am I a different person after I regen?
Well thanks for clearing that up.
Even though he regenned due to his preparations for the role.
But Bo’s lawyers have claimed that he was strongly encouraged by both the producers and Murnau to be in the best shape of his life and prepared to do his own stunts.
I’ve heard so many rumors about the absolutely bonkers budget for this vid, like they flew in a Caterpillar filled with temperature-controlled crates full of snow from Vann because Murnau insisted that the snow where they were didn’t have the right microstructure to catch the light the way she needed it.
But considering that they’ll go to those extremes for this production, why didn’t they just pay Bo?
I’m guessing that other filmmakers are going to be very interested in seeing how Bo’s lawsuit might play out.
Why’s that? Side note, we should def bring you back for a courtroom fashion episode. Labels for Lawyers? Fashion Judge? There’s definitely an idea here. Anyway, back to Bo.
And from the producer’s side?
No, thank you. I’m barely a celebrity and renegotiating contracts is already a big enough pain.
It would get me to give up on fashion and wear heavy armor everywhere I go.
Thank you for saying that, Monroe, and sticking around to get into the nitty gritty of this truly wild legal scandal. You’ll have to come back to discuss the outcome once everything’s settled. We need to take a quick break, but when StarWatch returns we’ll be playing everyone’s favorite outfit assessment game, “Wear It or Tear It!” Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.