Lawyers acting for Rebel Wilson in her successful defamation case against magazine publisher Bauer Media, say she could end up getting close to $6 million in what’s known as special damages.
There was a lot of talk, during legal proceedings in Melbourne, about Rebel losing acting gigs because of the series of articles that appeared in 2015. The articles labelled our Aussie girl done good a ‘serial liar’.
Rebel’s barrister Matt Collins QC told the Victorian Supreme Court the figure they have estimated that the Actress should get is “conservative. He added “there’s certainly a degree of art and a degree of guesswork involved”.
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Hollywood agent and producer Peter Principato – a 20-year industry veteran with 50 clients – said Ms Wilson was the hottest name being tossed around after the success of her film Pitch Perfect 2.
“Rebel was one of those actors that every studio was … trying to find projects for,” he told the court via videolink on Wednesday.
Ms Wilson could have commanded $US5 million to $US6 million ($6.6 million – $7.9 million) a film, plus box office bonuses, following the success of Pitch Perfect 2, Mr Principato said.
The figure was double the estimated $US2 million to $US3 million fellow comic actor Amy Schumer could command at that time, he said.
Besides roles in the films Snatched, starring Schumer, and Bad Moms – which Wilson rejected – Mr Principato said Wilson was also suitable to star in Ghostbusters.
But despite Wilson’s “strong female comedic voice”, for some reason her fame stopped after the Pitch Perfect 2.
Mr Principato said “it is my opinion that Bauer’s publications resulted in a decrease of Ms Wilson’s acting work”.
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