Woody Harrelson calls Covid-19 protocols on sets 'absurd'
Woody Harrelson has urged film industry moguls to scrap Covid-19 protocols on sets.
In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, the Zombieland star called for Hollywood film sets to abolish Covid-19 protocols because they make indie filmmaking more difficult.
"Now to get an indie done? Especially with all the COVID protocols - which, to me, are rather absurd. I don't know what's going to happen," Woody explained. "The fact that they're still going on! I don't think that anybody should have the right to demand that you're forced to do the testing, forced to wear the mask and forced to get vaccinated three years on."
He continued, "I'm just like, Let's be done with this nonsense."
The actor was more concerned about the film crew having to abide by protocols than about himself, as actors can get out of following the rules.
"It's not fair to the crews," he insisted. "I don't have to wear the mask. Why should they? Why should they have to be vaccinated? How's that not up to the individual? I shouldn't be talking about this s**t.
"It makes me angry for the crew. The anarchist part of me, I don't feel that we should have forced testing, forced masking and forced vaccination. That's not a free country."
He reiterated, "Really I'm talking about the crew. Because I can get out of wearing a mask. I can test less. I'm not in the same position they're in, but it's wrong. It's three years. Stop... As an anarchist, I don't do well with mandates."
His interview was published shortly before he hosted Saturday Night Live at the weekend. During his controversial opening monologue, he made a joke about a crazy movie script he'd read and alluded to a Covid-19 conspiracy theory.
"The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes. And people can only come out if they take the cartel's drugs and keep taking them over and over," he said.