Tommy Lee Jones sues for "No Country" profits

Mon Sep 8, 2008 9:28pm EDT
 
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By Leslie Simmons

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Paramount is no "friendo" to Tommy Lee Jones right now.

The actor has sued the studio, claiming it owes him at least $10 million in box office bonuses and back-end compensation for his work in this year's best-picture Oscar winner "No Country for Old Men."

Jones filed suit against Paramount and N.M. Classics in Bexar County, Texas, where he lives. The lawsuit claims his contract included a reduced upfront fee plus more compensation if the film was successful. The film, in which Jones plays a small-town sheriff, has grossed $160 million worldwide.

Jones claims Paramount has failed to pay him fully. The studio, he alleges, claims there are mistakes in his contract involving home video and the box office bonus formula.

Paramount said it is studio policy to not comment on pending litigation.

"That said, we're confident we have fulfilled our obligations to Mr. Jones," the studio said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>Tommy Lee Jones, best actor Oscar nominee for "In the Valley of Elah" arrives at the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 24, 2008. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>