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Mel Gibson Miffed 'Professor and Madman' Ditched Oxford

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Mel Gibson was miffed that "The Professor and the Madman" producers decided to ditch Oxford for some of the movie’s scenes and he has filed a lawsuit for breaking their agreement, among other things.

Gibson, who owns the film rights and stars in it, filed the lawsuit late last month, arguing that Voltage Pictures failed to abide by the terms of the production agreement by refusing to allow important scenes to be shot at Oxford, Variety reported.

In 1999 Gibson bought the rights to "The Surgeon of Crowthorne," the book by Simon Winchester on which the movie is based, and it took 17 years for him to get it into post production.

The Academy Award winner charged that Voltage failed to develop a final budget, never secured a completion bond, and did not complete an agreement with director Farhad Safinia.

Gibson also claimed that that his own production company was not fully reimbursed for expenses, had not been paid its full producer fee, and has been denied its right of first negotiation for the Australian distribution of the film, per Variety.

The movie is based on James Murray, the dictionary's primary editor, and William Chester Minor, who contributed 10,000 word entries for the dictionary from Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

The great-grandson of Murray was backing Gibson's challenge, the Oxford Times reported on Tuesday. Oswyn Murray said it was "ridiculous and short-sighted" not to shoot at Oxford.

"It would be a great pity, he lived at 78 Banbury Road and the story is embedded in Oxford," Oswyn Murray said. "Maybe it reflects that the filmmakers don't have a special interest in the English audience. Some of it has been shot in Dublin because they couldn't find anywhere that resembled a derelict lunatic asylum and I can understand that. But it seems ridiculous not to use one of the most famous and scenic areas of England."

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