Sean Penn Won’t Work Unless Everyone on His New Show Is Vaccinated

Sean Penn made a historic demand from his upcoming limited series with Julia Roberts: The whole production is vaccinated or he leaves the project. The two-time Oscar winner’s decree comes just weeks before he is set to end the Starz Watergate series Gaslit, Limit line report. It also appears as a plain variant of COVID-19 spike in Los Angeles County.

As it is now, GaslitNBCUniversal’s studios mandated vaccination for “Zone A,” a category of workers that includes actors and crew members who work near them. But Penn also wants the necessary vaccinations for all other manufacturing sectors. The actor is fully vaccinated himself and recently appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, providing free vaccines to Gaslit workers who need them through his nonprofit, CORE. According to Deadline, his organization has also supported the availability of COVID-19 testing, and it has helped manage 1.7 million vaccines in the city.

Penn’s Watergate series is being filmed mostly indoors in Burbank, according to one outlet. Created by Robot Mr.‘NS Robbie Pickering and Sam Esmail with Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) director, podcast-based show Slate Slow fire. 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, and Camp Darby.

This isn’t the first time an A-list actor has stood firm during a pandemic-era production. Last December, Tom Cruise spread after a tape of him yelling at two people Mission Impossible 7 crew members for breaking COVID-19 protocol by standing close to each other. “I never want to see it again. And if you don’t do that, you’ll be fired. If I see you do that again, you’re damned,” he yelled. “We’re not doing this damn movie! Is it understood? ” he then said. Five crew members reported as dropped after reviewing Cruise. His warnings aside, the production of the film forced closed for two weeks in June 2021 after at least one member of the production tested positive for COVID-19.

Gaslit sources told Deadline that while “production was sympathetic to Penn’s wishes,” the studio may not have been able to legally enforce it. Instead, Universal will likely need to negotiate mass vaccination requirements with Hollywood unions and other studios.

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