As actors speak out during the strike with allegations that studios have taken advantage of them, actor Devon Sawa shares how his ‘Final Destination’ image was once used without his permission.
The protagonist of the original “Final Destination” franchise shared in a tweet since deleted that the studios behind “Final Destination 5” used his likeness for the 2011 sequel without informing him or paying Sawa.
“I’ve never been paid a dime for ‘Final Destination 5.’ They didn’t even tell me I was there when they invited me to the premiere,” Sawa wrote. meant for the press. I was wrong.”
Sawa added, “By the way, this has nothing to do with the filmmakers. I loved ‘FD5’. I love them all to be completely honest. And I’m super excited to see number six.
“Final Destination 5” was distributed by Warner Bros. and produced by New Line, Practical Pictures and Zide/Perry Productions. The scene in question comes as part of the film’s twist, with “Final Destination 5” being a surprise prequel to the original. Sawa is shown from the first 2000 film in a full-circle moment involving the character of him boarding the plane that set off the initial disaster movie, alongside characters from “Final Destination 5.”
The issue of studios owning footage and likenesses of franchise actors and characters has in part led to the current stop-work order after failed negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) over streaming compensation, artificial intelligence and fair pay. Actors such as Sean Gunn, Kimiko Glenn and Jana Schmieding have criticized the residual practices of streaming, citing problems with Netflix, Warner Bros. and Hulu.
As for the AI and the footage used, similar to Sawa’s statement, Samuel L. Jackson recently spoke about being “scanned” for franchises to use his likeness even without his consent. Jackson noted that he was scanned for both Marvel and the “Star Wars” prequel films.
“Since I’ve been in the Marvel Universe, every time you change costumes in a Marvel movie, they scan you,” Jackson said. “Ever since I did ‘Captain Marvel’ and they did the Lola project where they de-aged me and everything, it’s been like, ‘Well, I guess they can do it anytime they want to if they really want to. ‘”
Jackson added that AI “might be something to worry about” for actors, saying, “Future actors should do what I always do when I get a contract, and it has the words ‘in perpetuity’ and ‘known and unknown on it: Erase that shit. It’s my way of saying, ‘No, I don’t approve of that.'”