- Sep 9, 2001
I'm sure this was already brought up, but I just recently saw Ocean's Eleven on DVD (I don't go to the theater anymore.) Anyways, Don Cheadle's name is not in the final credits! What's up with this?
What kind of contractual dispute? What does that have to do with listing the fact that an actor played a certain role?
You can't put an actor's name on a film without their permission. To do so exposes the producers and studio to potential liability for improper use of someone's name or likeness for promotional purposes, which is prohibited under at least California law. I suspect it would also violate the SAG contract, but I don't know for sure.
Disputes leading to an actor's refusal to grant permission usually relate to money, which was apparently the case with Cheadle. But they can also result from other issues, e.g., Gary Oldman reportedly wanted equal billing with Hopkins and Moore for Hannibal.
Kevin Spacey isn't credited in Se7en, i believe...
This isn't quite true. Spacey is not in the opening credits, because Fincher wanted his identity to be a secret. However, Spacey's name is the first in the final credits. It even pauses a few seconds before the rest of the credits start rolling upwards.
BTW, this is explained much better in the commentary