Sahara Stars' Pampering Doubled Movie Budget

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY and PENELOPE CRUZ have been accused of causing the $80 million (GBP41 million) budget for action film Sahara to double because of their vanity. The claims appear in legal documents released as part of a bitter court battle between Crusader Entertainment boss Philip Anschutz and Clive Cussler, author of Sahara. Cussler is currently suing Crusader, claiming it reneged on an agreement to give him creative control of the movie adaptation. The leaked document, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, shows $420,000 (GBP215,000) was spent on the movie's leading actors, including $105,000 (GBP53,846) on bottled water and $54,000 (GBP27,692) on a 'facial disease specialist'. Other expenses for the 2005 movie - which recorded losses of $105 million (GBP53.8 million) - included filming the $2 million (GBP1.2 million) crash of a vintage airplane in a 46-second sequence which never made it into the final cut.


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