Sam Moore, half of the singing duo Sam & Dave, who had some hits in the seventies, split up for a few years and reunited for a comeback in 1982, thinks the plot of Soul Men (trailer) sounds a little too familiar.
Moore claims that key areas of the film’s plot dovetail with his own career. It co-stars Isaac Hayes, the late actor who worked as Sam & Dave’s producer in the 1970s, and its soundtrack features one of their hits, “Hold on … I’m coming”.
“The Weinstein Company says the film’s fiction. In that case, I’d like them to tell me what part’s supposed to be fiction,” said Moore. “I’d like them to tell me which two black soul musicians, signed to Stax Records, who worked with Isaac Hayes, it’s meant to portray.”
“The film is sexist, racist, and embarrassing, and that’s not what Sam & Dave were about,” said Moore, who is seeking “significant” compensation, together with a disclaimer distancing him from the narrative.
“It’s so amateurish, so stupid, and I’m surprised that Samuel L Jackson is involved in this. But when you read the script, all you see is vulgarity. Every other word is the ‘N-word’ or ‘M-f’ and it’s just not right. They have bastardised my whole story.”
I’m prepared to litigate on this and I’m prepared to go all the way. So I hope these guys are prepared to go all the way with me.”
Moore’s lawyer, Arnie Lutzker, said his client considers litigation to be a “last resort”. He added: “Clearly, the film takes from Sam Moore’s life without getting permission.” [Independent]
It’s a last resort because he has no case. Even if the movie was about this guy, you don’t have to ask permission. And you definitely don’t have to pay someone just because your movie sounds kinda like their life. Just ask Nick Nolte. Candyman didn’t pay him anything. He’s puked bees lots of times.