Unions tell actors to boycott 'The Hobbit'
If you're still waiting for The Hobbit movies to get made, prepare to wait a little bit longer. Seven actors' unions in the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and Canada are telling members not to take roles in the two movies because the Lord of the Rings prequel's producers won't deal with them. And as we all know, Hollywood is usually all about fairness.
The International Federation of Actors said performers in New Zealand, specifically, have "struggled on non-union contracts for years now, with deals that "provide no minimum guarantees of wages or working conditions" and don't include the actors on payments for future broadcasts or cancellation payments, the BBC reported. The federation said producers claim that forging a union contract would break New Zealand's competition laws. Filming was slated for last year, but is now scheduled for 2011.
"The International Federation of Actors ... resolved that the time had come for performers around the world to support their colleagues in New Zealand and seek a union contract for all performers on The Hobbit," a statement read. After Peter Jackson sued New Line for unpaid residuals on the first trilogy, we're shocked -- shocked! -- that this production is having problems, too.