The last day of filming was exhilarating. Not just because Holly was relieved to have it done, though it was nice to know they couldn’t lose anymore cast from here on out, but also because it felt triumphant. They’d succeeded! The film was made despite all Grant’s attempts to the contrary. It had been an uphill battle but they’d done it.
Everyone on set seemed to share Holly’s euphoria. The crew members who’d stuck with Antigone from the very beginning joked that there should be medals. Various members of the cast brought in brownies, cupcakes and cookies, with the notable exception of the actor playing Antigone’s uncle who brought in whiskey and vodka. Walsh had to set firm limits on partaking of the drinks until after the work was done.
McCall dropped by sometime in the afternoon. The last scene had been shot and packing up was all that was left to do. But somehow the packing up had been stalled and the alcohol bottles opened. People were mostly hanging out, chatting and enjoying the refreshments.
Holly waved to McCall and hurried over to meet him as he crossed the set.
“We’ve done it!” she beamed up at him. “Every scene filmed. It’s done! We’re celebrating a little bit.” She raised her brownie to illustrate. “If you want something a little stronger Markus brought Bulleit whiskey.”
“We did it! We did Victor! Thanks to you, we finished the movie!”
“Thank you so much for giving us the ability to see this through. I mean I know it’s not quite done. We still need to edit. And I know that’s going to be a lot of work since we really need to push through that as quickly as possible. All the attention that silly interview has been getting is great but we got a lot more public notice a lot quicker than we’d planned on. So in order to capitalize on that before people get bored of us, we’ll have to move fast. But I was talking to Walsh and he’s completely on board with that and has some great ideas and I really think we’re doing good.”
“You should talk to Walsh about it yourself of course. But I’m really, really excited. I can see the finish line and I know we’re almost there and that this is going to be a great movie!”
“What?” She realized suddenly that McCall was looking worried. Her heart sunk and her smile instantly dropped. “What is it now? Surely Grant can’t still be messing with the movie? We’re wrapped!”
“It’s not Antigone this time. It’s you.”
“Yes. And it’s not entirely Grant either. Before you worry, I’m going to help you. I have a lawyer. I’ll help with any legal fees-”
“Legal fees? What are you talking about? Why do I need a lawyer?”
“They’ve decided to sue you over the leaked copy of Cold Wars.”
“What? But that wasn’t me! You know that wasn’t me!”
“Yes. I know. But a lot of people, including the majority of the studio’s board, believe that it was you.”
“So Grant’s talked them into suing?”
“I don’t actually think it was Grant,” said McCall worriedly. “He never would have let it go through if he could help it. It’d be a risky play. I don’t think he had control of this one. In fact I think he’s losing control over the board altogether. He and Gloria Stanhope have been busy fighting it out which left the board free to do this. I tried to stop it but I was outvoted.”
“But why would they do that now?”
“Gloria is partly responsible. She’s been causing trouble. Cold Wars is having difficulty. It’s far over budget now and it has become a bit of a joke. She wants the board to question Grant’s wisdom over firing you and also reshooting. Instead, we got this law suit.”
Holly let the enormity of the situation sink in. “And here I was having such a good day.” She frowned. “Do you think this could affect Antigone?”
“I really don’t know.” McCall shook his head. “You and the film are so closely associated with one another. Depending on how the public views the lawsuit it might hurt the film. Which is all the more reason why we need to get the editing done quickly and set premiere date as soon as possible.”
Holly nodded. “Okay. Okay,” she repeated, more firmly. “We can do that. It’s going to be okay. You know its shame though. I really was having a good day.”
“Come on. Let the rest of the cast and crew have their fun and we’ll go have lunch. This afternoon we can meet with my lawyer and talk over details. But I think a couple of hours away to let you just turn off your brain and relax would be helpful.”
“You know what? That sounds perfect.”