Statement From the Producers of the Film 'Midgets vs Mascots'
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier this month, Gary Coleman made a claim that the producers of the new film "Midgets vs Mascots" used an unauthorized (albeit brief) shot of his penis in the movie.
Today, the producers reached a settlement with Mr. Coleman. In return for the producers making Mr. Coleman's bail in Utah County, Utah, Mr. Coleman has agreed to allow the footage to be kept in the movie.
The footage in question occurred during an improvised moment in a shower scene when Mr. Coleman attempted to break up a fight between two Little People. During the scuffle, Mr. Coleman's robe split open to reveal more than he had planned.
The producers stand behind their position that Mr. Coleman signed multiple documents allowing any and all footage, including both scripted and unscripted moments, to appear in the film. The producers simply agreed to bail out Mr. Coleman as an "olive branch" and to avoid any potential litigation.
Mr. Coleman asked the producers to make it clear to the public that while he's not pleased with the film's footage, he needed to get out of jail. According to Mr. Coleman: "I guess I have to recognize that the footage is actually me, as I don't know of any such thing as a body double for Gary Coleman."
Mr. Coleman was arrested on Sunday on a warrant for failing to appear in court.
About "Midgets vs Mascots"
"Midgets vs Mascots" won third place at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival (Heineken Audience Award). The film's trailer and associated clips -- including the shower scene featuring Mr. Coleman -- currently have more than a million online views. A limited promotional offer for the DVD and "midget condoms" is available at www.midgetsvsmascots.com. The DVD will be released on February 9 at retailers and online.
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