It looks like Tommy Lee Jones was on the right end of a major contract error. Jones was supposed to get bonus money when his film 'No Country for Old Men' hit a certain gross target overseas, but the actor was instead awarded the money when box office receipts were only half the target (this happened due to a costly error in Jones' contract). When Paramount decided to hold off on giving him the bonus, Jones sued and was eventually awarded $15 million. That's where things get really confusing.
After the Tommy Lee Jones payout, Paramount was sued by Marathon Funding, an investor in the movie. The studio was trying to off-set the loss of the money from the Jones lawsuit, so they decided to charge Marathon $3.75 million. In turn, Marathon sued, claiming breach of fiduciary duty. The Marathon/Paramount lawsuit is currently in progress.

Looks like the only one who came out on top in this fiasco is Jones. Maybe Anton Chigurh was his lawyer.

[via THR]

[Photo courtesy: WireImage]

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