Sean Penn has made a historic demand for the set of his upcoming limited series with Julia Roberts: Either the entire production is vaccinated or it moves away from the project. The two-time Oscar winner’s decree comes just weeks before he is set to end the Starz Watergate series. Gaslit, Deadline reports. It also arrives as the delta variant of COVID-19. peaks in Los Angeles County.
As it currently stands, GaslitThe studio, NBC Universal, requires vaccinations for “Zone A,” a category of workers that includes cast and crew members who work near them. But Penn also wants the required immunization for all other production areas. The actor, who is fully vaccinated and recently appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, offers free vaccinations to Gaslit workers who need them through their non-profit organization, CORE. According to Deadline, his organization has also advocated for the availability of COVID-19 testing and has helped administer 1.7 million vaccines in the city.
Penn’s Watergate series is shooting primarily indoors in Burbank, according to the outlet. Created by Mr robot‘s Robbie pickering other Sam esmail with Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) directing, the show is based on the Slate podcast. Slow burning Penn plays Nixon’s attorney general, John Mitchell, while Roberts is his wife, Martha. The cast also includes Betty Gilpin, Dan Stevens, Shea Whigham, Allison Tolman, other Camp Darby.
This isn’t the first time a top-tier actor has stood his ground in a pandemic-era production. The last December, Tom cruise went viral after an audio clip of him yelling at two Mission: Impossible 7 crew members for breaking the COVID-19 protocol by standing close to each other. “I never want to see him again, ever. And if you don’t, you’re fired. If I see you do it again, you’ll be gone, ”he yelled. “We are not closing this damn movie! It’s understood? “he said later. Five members of the crew supposedly quit smoking after a cruising tirade. Their warnings aside, production on the film was forced to shut down for two weeks in June 2021 after at least one member of the production had tested positive for COVID-19.
Gaslit Sources told Deadline that while “the production has sympathized with Penn’s wish,” the studio may not be able to legally comply with it. Instead, Universal will likely have to negotiate mass vaccination requirements with Hollywood unions and other studios.
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