McConaughey, Cruz blamed for Sahara expense

MUMBAI: Media reports in the US now indicate that huge amounts were spent on actors Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz during the making of the 2005 film Sahara, leading to incongrous budget hikes.

The allegation now forms part of the basis of a bitter court battle that has broken out between Crusader Entertainment boss Philip Anschutz and Sahara author Clive Cussler.


Cussler, a best selling author, is currently suing Crusader, because the production company apparently reneged on its agreement to give him full creative control of the movie adaptation, reports founder Sheeraz Hasan.

The actors, says Hasan, have been singled out for the blame of doubling the $80 million budget for the action film because of their vanity. In a document leaked to the Los Angeles Times, records show that $420,000 was spent on McConaughey and Cruz, of which $105,000 went on bottled water and another $54,000 on a “facial disease specialist.”

Among other expenses for the 2005 film, which has recorded losses of $105 million, are included the crash of a vintage airplane in a 46-second sequence that cost $2 million to film and yet ended up on the cutting room floor.