Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has filed a lawsuit against the producers of Giallo (an Italian horror film he made last year under the direction of Dario Argento), alleging that they lied to him about payment for the film in order to stop him from walking off the set.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story that Brody has sued for $3 million and is attempting to stop the film’s release in the US, owing to the producers allegedly reneging in their promise to a “pay or play” deal for $640,000.

After the claim from Brody that the producers failed to pay him at the start of production, it is alleged that they informed him that the sale of Italian distribution rights on the feature would guarantee him the payment and a new contract was drawn up, stating that until he was paid in full, he maintained the “absolute right to withhold consent to the use of his likeness in the Picture”.

Brody claims he was never paid and the US DVD release is scheduled for this week, hence the lawsuit.

Maybe this was a blessing in disguise for Brody, as from all reports, the film itself is terrible (Argento is a long way away from his glory days), with the actor’s performance being singled out as particularly bad.