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Jesse Eisenberg Sues Over DVD Cover For “Camp Hell”

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When you hear a movie called “Camp Hell”, you’re not going to expect an Academy Award winning film.  The 2010 stinker is about a group of kids who are plagued by a demonic curse as Bible Camp after one of the campers commits a “sin of the flesh”.  Oscar Nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) appears for no more than a few minutes in a glorified cameo, but if you look at the DVD box art, you’d think he was the star.

(Image Credit: Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group)

Eisenberg received $3,000 for his work on the film, which the lawsuit points out is “substantially less than he typically receives for his acting services”.  Other than Eisenberg, the film’s biggest stars are former big names Dana Delany and Andrew McCarthy.  Its actually pretty common practice for a low-budget film to capitalize on its biggest names, even in they aren’t the stars.  80s horrible horror film “Trick or Treat” shows Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne on the DVD cover, but their screen time totals maybe 5 minutes together at best. 

Eisenberg is understandably not pleased about the fast one the film makers are trying to pull on the viewing public.  He is seeking $3 million from Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group for the misappropriation of his likeness and name on the DVD cover.  According to the suit, Eisenberg brough forth the lawsuit as a way to make sure his fans aren’t confused,

“to warn his fans and the public that, contrary to [the film's advertising], Eisenberg is not the star of and does not appear in a prominent role in Camp Hell.”
 

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