It must be quite an honor to go home for Thanksgiving and tell your relatives that you had a role in the production of mega-hit films like Wolf of Wall Street and Transformers. Granted, the public views the title ‘production assistant’ in the same vein as ‘coffee fetcher,’ but I’m a big advocate of the ‘fake it till you make it’ lifestyle, so I’d claim that I was as essential to WOWS as Leo was. Or the quaaludes.
But for the production assistants who worked for Paramount Studios on a number of high-grossing films this past year, it may be tough to swindle a tall tale of glamour when its become public that they were forced put in 60-100 hour weeks and given BUCKETS to shit in because bathroom breaks were allegedly off limits.
According to TMZ,
A group of production assistants are going after behemoth Paramount, claiming they were forced to take dumps in their cars while working on some of the studio’s highest-grossing blockbusters.
The class action lawsuit was filed by 4 NYC based P.A.s, who say they began working for the studio in 2010 and put in mega hours for films like ‘TMNT,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ “Noah,” and “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon,” which grossed more than $1 billion.
The group — assigned to keep location shoots clear of pedestrians and cars — claims they regularly put in 60-100 hours a week but never got overtime pay.
It gets worse … they say they weren’t allowed to leave their posts to get food or use the restrooms. Some say it was so bad they had to urinate and defecate into bottles and buckets in their cars.
The studio has yet to respond to the allegations.
If I were their lawyer, I would just show the jury one GIF before resting my case.