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Clint Eastwood exploiting Icelandic extras?

Icelandic extras hired for the Clint Eastwood movie Flags of our Fathers are upset by clauses in employment contracts for the movie, and many are seeking to get out of the contracts reports television station Stod 2. About 550 extras have been hired in Iceland to appear in the movie; shooting starts this week. The contracts specify that the actors are responsible for all props and need to pay ISK 2 million if they lose or damage the props that they are issued. Hired as contractors they receive ISK 5,000 per day and are not insured. After Icelandic media reported the issue, some of the actors have decided to not honor their contractors. Unions in Sudurnes, where the movie is to be filmed, are offering legal advise to the actors. Helga Margrét Reykdal, CEO of True North, the company responsible for the Icelandic operations of the movie, says the clause concerning the actors and the props was written for safety reasons, but will be reevaluated. Many of props are firearms and the company feared they would not be returned.

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