Possible $37 Million Loss As Actor’s Injury Halts

October 26, 2000

According to a report in Daily Variety, production of Terry Gilliam’s new film, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” has come to a halt due to the back injury to one of its stars, French actor Jean Rochefort, who was to play the famous Spanish Knight, leaving insurers exposed to potential losses of $37 million, if the production cannot be continued.

The film, which also stars Johnny Depp, his significant other, French actress Vanessa Paradis, and Miranda Richardson was a pet project of Gilliam’s. Rochefort’s loss leaves the crew and the cast in limbo, as doctors have been unable to estimate when the 70 year old actor might recover from the double disk hernia, and when, more importantly, he might be able to ride a horse.

Representatives of the French insurers of the film, a co-production involving British, French, Spanish and German companies, are currently assessing the possibility of restarting in January, but previous commitments by some of the participants may make it impossible to do so.

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