Benjamin Bratt is taking legal action against the bosses behind his movie La Mission over allegations they failed to pay him for his role in the film.

The former Law & Order star appears in the movie - written and directed by his brother Peter - as a father who struggles to come to terms with his son's homosexuality. Bratt claims he signed a contract with the movie's distribution company, Screen Media Ventures, which would give him and production company 5 Stick Films two bonus payments if the picture did well at the box office.

The movie earned more than $1 million following its release in May, but Bratt claims the first payment of $200,000 was late and the company has yet to hand over the second installment of the same amount. He has now filed a lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court in a bid to recoup the cash.

Joseph Kovacs, president of Screen Media, tells Reuters, "There's a disagreement on the guidelines on how to interpret when the film reached certain results."

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