Adrien Brody wins legal dispute over 2008 film

Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody has won a legal battle against the makers of an Italian-set thriller movie Giallo, for which he claims he was not fully paid.

The movie’s producers were ordered to stop distributing, marketing or selling the film in the US, in which the actor played dual roles.

Giallo Productions Ltd and Hannibal Pictures are also prevented from using Brody's likeness to promote the title.

In Giallo, produced in 2008, Brody played an FBI agent hunting a killer in Italy.

The star of movie The Pianist also played the murderer under the pseudonym Byron Deidra - an anagram of his name.

Brody, 37, alleges he is owed $640,000 for his work in the film and that it was released on DVD in the US last month without his consent.

He claims the film's producers overstated the value of the film's Italian distribution rights.

In a statement, Brody said he was reluctantly forced to sue the film makers.

"At no point did I ever wish to be involved in a legal dispute, but after over a year of attempting to resolve this matter I was left with no other alternative," he said.

"I am greatly appreciative of the court's ruling which protects me, and shows support for all artists who have been manipulated and taken advantage of by unscrupulous employers," he added.

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