'Arrested Development' Star Jason Bateman vows to not work in Georgia if The State bans abortion

Articles May 22, 2019 06:03

Actor Jason Bateman, on Thursday, vowed to not work in any state that implemented anti-abortion bills. The Ozark star joins a host of other Hollywood celebrities who have stated they won’t work in Georgia if the anti-abortion bill is implemented, reported Huffington Post.

Georgia is one of the prime locations for shooting in the United States and also a major source of income for the government. Hollywood is under pressure to take a stand on the issue with some choosing boycotting the states that passed anti-abortion bills outright while a few others have chosen to wait until the law is enacted.

Jason Bateman is currently filming two shows, Ozark for Netflix and The Outsider for HBO in Georgia. “If the ‘heartbeat bill’ makes it through the court system, I will not work in Georgia, or any other state, that is so disgracefully at odds with women’s rights,” Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp recently signed into law the Heartbeat Bill that bans abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks. Georgia is a popular filming location thanks to its generous 30% tax credit program for television and film projects. While actors have made statements, production houses have by and large remained quiet on the issue. Most production houses have ongoing projects in Georgia. AMC’s The Walking Dead, Netflix's Insatiable, Warner Bros and The Conjuring 3 are all currently filming in Georgia. Marvel’s Avengers series was also filmed in Georgia. Another reason many have chosen to wait is that the law will not come into force until it passes a lengthy battle in court.

Arrested Development Star Jason Bateman vows to not work in Georgia if The State bans abortion

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J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele chose to register their protest in a way that didn’t disrupt ongoing projects they were working on, in the region, Variety reported. The duo chose to donate their salaries to local groups - American Civil Liberties Union and Fair Fight Georgia enabling them to fight the heartbeat bill. Peele and Abrams are currently shooting HBO’s Lovecraft Country in Georgia.

Peter Chernin of Chernin productions also followed the same route and chose to continue filming its projects in Georgia but added that Hollywood had a moral obligation towards the people of Georgia, “We shouldn’t be taking those tax breaks and then abandoning the people who live there. I believe Hollywood has an obligation to get involved, and the industry has clearly benefited from places like Georgia. Let’s take some of those benefits and give it back to the fight.”

Indie film mavericks Christine Vachon and writer David Simon announced they would not film anymore in Georgia as a direct result of the abortion bill, “Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned," said Vachon. David Simon, the writer of The Wire, said, "I can't ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies."

Mark and Jay Duplass also tweeted stating they wouldn’t do any films in Georgia or Alabama.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who are set to film a movie for Netflix starring Amy Adams later this month said, "After much thought and deliberation, we decided to continue with shooting Hillbilly Elegy in Georgia next month. We felt we could not abandon the hundreds of women, and men, whose means of support depend on this production – including those who directly contribute to the film, and the businesses in the community that sustain the production.”

“We see Governor Kemp’s bill as a direct attack on women’s rights, and we will be making a donation to the ACLU to support their battle against this oppressive legislation. Should this law go into effect in January, we will boycott the state as a production center," said Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Women who work in film and television in Georgia started a petition asking Hollywood to not blanket ban the state but rather help it fight the battle from within, “To those who choose not to come to Georgia because of the actions of our government, we understand your reasoning. But please know this: Georgia’s hardworking women and many men in this industry will continue to be the resistance from the inside. With our voices, our art, and our daily boots on the ground, we’ll keep working for the leadership we deserve. Your condemnation is understandable, but what we really need most is allies.”

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