The company has been accused by the star of committing an act of racism by removing him and Kali Hawk, who played the role of the only non-white couple in the movie from the international poster for the comedy of the year 2009.
Hawk and Love starred as one of the four couples who travelled to a tropical island where marriage therapy is a requirement, alongside Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Davis, and Jon Favreau.Faizon Love and Kali Hawk
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Their characters Trudy and Shane were used on the domestic poster Couples Retreat; however, they were removed from the international poster, with the other three white couples remaining.
Even their names were also removed from the billing details on the international poster in the English language. Fifty-two years old Hawk and The Burning House, his company, accuses Universal Pictures of violating the fair employment and Civil rights laws of California with the poster, as well as alleging fraud and breach of contract.
Faizon Love Sues Universal For Removing Him From “Couples Retreat” Poster!
The lawsuit reads that Universal Studios had no problem featuring Black actors in the comedic film, but when it came to publicizing the movie to the international audiences, Universal Studios chose to segregate the White and Black actors of the motion picture.
Ralph Ellison penned and said that it was for nought, rather than enjoy the maximum visibility with the release of the film, Mr Love was demoted to the proverbial, Invisible Man.
Faizon Love alleges that after bringing his complaint to the studio, they even promised the immediate cessation of the racist international poster and prompt compensation to Love in the form of lucrative career making movie roles.Faizon Love
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However, it was also claimed by him that he was not given any career assistance and that the studio continues to use the offending poster to promote Couples Retreat. Eric George, the attorney of Love, said that as far as Universal was concerned, its contract meant nothing, its promises to correct its egregious behavior meant nothing, and its pledges to Love meant nothing.
In addition, Love alleges that co-star Vince Vaughan ‘went so far as to tell Mr Love that making a big deal about his removal from the poster would not be good for his career at that time.