Actor Randy Quaid announced he's going to drop his lawsuit against Focus Features for swindling him out of money for his role in "Brokeback Mountain" because the studio has agreed to pay him a bonus. The only problem is that someone needs to tell Focus their part of the bargain.
In March, the actor sued Focus Features, Del Mar Productions, producers James Schamus and David Linde for $10 million, claiming that they fooled him into giving up his usual compensation to make what was represented as a low-budget art house project. As of Tuesday, May 2, however, Quaid says that Focus has cut him a deal that apparently only he knows about, report news sources.
"The circumstances of him dropping the suit are as mysterious as the circumstances under which he filed his claim," a spokesperson for Focus Features says in a statement. "Focus Features never negotiated, offered or agreed to any settlement agreement with Mr. Quaid or his attorneys, but we are happy to put this behind us, and do wish Mr. Quaid all the best."
Quaid's rep says that this mystery settlement is an unofficial backdoor deal, with the amount kept under wraps.
In "Brokeback," Quaid's character Joe Aguirre has very little screen time, but is one of two people who actually recognizes that cowboys Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar (Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger) are also lovers. "Brokeback Mountain" won Oscars for best director, adapted screenplay and original score, in addition to numerous other best picture accolades at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Independent Spirit Awards.
Quaid, 56, was also seen in last year's "The Ice Harvest" and next stars as Spain's King Carlos IV in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghost," costarring Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgaard as painter Francisco Goya.