Would you pay one million dollars for this woman? Paris Hilton was paid $1 million to star in Pledge This!, an otherwise low-budget ($8 million) production that, not surprisingly, was a box office flop. An investor claims "she broke her contract because she failed to promote the film on talk shows and in media interviews," according to the Telegraph UK. Hilton is facing an $8.1 million lawsuit in a Florida district court, which we first reported on last year.
Dressed for court in a black dress and "six-inch stilettos," Hilton waved at the judge before giving evidence. "I've never had a witness wave at me before," the judge said. (Oh, Paris, you're such a trendsetter!) She testified: "If I have my name attached to something, I want it to be as big as it can be." (You're free to make up your own jokes about that one.) She says that she did promote the film for two years before it was released, but when she was called upon again to promote the DVD release, she was too busy with "rehearsals" for her comedy classic, The Hottie & The Nottie. She was asked it that was a better movie than Pledge This! and "with a giggle" replied: "It was really good."
Pledge This! is alleged in court to have made $2.9 million. The allegedly "really good" The Hottie & The Nottie made $27,696 domestically and another $1.5 million worldwide. So maybe the Pledge This! investors should be grateful that Paris didn't promote the movie any more than she did.