Well some folk clearly have too much time on their hands, or just aren't getting enough work really and desperately need someone to blame. Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero has hit The Simpsons with a law suit for $250 million over the use of their character Louie, who you will know as Fat Tony's second in command on the show.
Sivero claims that he was living next door to The Simpsons writers back in 1989 with the lawsuit stating; "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. In fact, they were aware the entire character of 'Frankie Carbone' was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality."
Sivero feels that the likeness between his character acting and Louie is just far too similar with the lawsuit claiming it has; "diluted the value of the character created by plaintiff, and contributed to the 'type-casting' of Plaintiff."
The actor also claims that he was approached by James Brooks of Gracie Films about making a movie together in the nineties, but it never panned out so he now believes they were just studying him for more material for Louie. Really? Is this really happening?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he wants 50 million in actual damage loss of his likeness, another 100 million over improper interference, 50 million more in actual damage loss over the appropriation of his "confidential" idea, $50 million more in exemplary damages over that same "confidential" idea, plus injunctive relief and reasonable attorney fees for his lawyer Alex Herrera.
Those yanks and their lawsuits wha'?