Matrix actor Marcus Chong (Tank) sued the filmmakers for allegedly reneging on a promise to recast him in the sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the Reuters news service reported. The lawsuit, filed on May 16 in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused Warner Brothers and parent company AOL Time Warner, as well as the film's producers, of breaching a 1998 oral agreement and a 2000 contract to revive his character in the two sequels and of slandering him, the news service reported.
Chong, 35, accused the filmmakers of "intentionally publishing numerous false statements ... that he was a terrorist" and of conspiring to blackball him in Hollywood, the suit alleges.
A bail receipt document posted on a fan Web site shows that Chong was arrested on Oct. 18, 2000, for allegedly making threats, five days after his salary negotiations with the studio collapsed, Reuters reported. Film industry sources told Reuters that the actor made repeated phone calls of a harassing nature to the filmmakers after his salary demands were not met. Tank was subsequently written out of the sequels and replaced with a character named Link, played by Harold Perrineau Jr.
A Warner spokesman and a spokeswoman for writer/directors Andy and Larry Wachowski declined to comment to Reuters on the pending litigation. The Matrix Reloaded is currently in theaters.
I wish they explained how Tank died rather than Link simply saying "Tank and Dozer made me promise to do this!" I assume his injuries from getting shot in the first one maybe did him in, but it would be nice for them to say so.... but I doubt they will in part 3.
Rorschach: "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
Originally posted by Scott SummetsI wish they explained how Tank died rather than Link simply saying "Tank and Dozer made me promise to do this!" I assume his injuries from getting shot in the first one maybe did him in, but it would be nice for them to say so.... but I doubt they will in part 3.
I liked Tank better than Link. Call me weird, but Link was, well...the weakest link in Morpheus' crew this time around.