PRODUCER: Hey Jeff, I've got a great project with Hugh Jackman attached. JEFF: Sounds good __ who can I call to confirm his attachment. PRODUCER: I've already taken care of that for you _ here's a letter of intent from his manager. JEFF: Hmm, how old is this? There's no date on it. PRODUCER: Not that long ago, and besides, the point is Jackman is VERY interested in my script. JEFF: You don't need a letter of intent for that. PRODUCER: Why not? I don't understand.
I also had a project that was setup via a star's producing partner (which is a slightly safer bet, but still not definitive); however, when a co_financier that I had sent it to called the agent to confirm, the agency denied it and ultimately killed the deal. Agencies and management companies can wield tremendous influence and pressure over celebrities who in most cases are insecure about their careers.