Shooting for a multi-million dollar Hollywood movie starring Jamie Foxx, January Jones and a Game of Thrones protagonist has been halted after four fully vaccinated cast members contracted Covid — bedridden and under daily medical supervision.
The Notebook, Alpha Dog and She’s So Lovely director Nick Cassavetes was forced to stop filming in Mexico for his new movie, God is a Bullet, after the virus devastated his cast, despite them all having both shots of the vaccine. got.
A source close to the production team told DailyMail.com that movie star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones, has tested positive, as has Cassavetes himself.
Johannson (pictured in 2019) told DailyMail.com that he has been bedridden and checked every day by doctors while quarantined at a Mexico City hotel. The actor revealed that the virus hit him particularly hard because he has a history of respiratory disease
Fellow cast member Paul Johansson told DailyMail.com that he had been held up by the virus for days and is being checked by doctors every day while he is quarantined at a hotel in Mexico City.
The source said actress Maika Monroe also tested positive.
Jamie Foxx and January Jones had not yet joined the cast to film, avoiding the outbreak.
Johansson said the outbreak was particularly concerning because the entire cast had already received the full vaccine and followed strict rules regarding wearing masks, distancing themselves and daily Covid testing.
He added that the virus, which his doctors believe to be the new and virulent strain of Delta, hit him especially hard because he has a history of respiratory disease.
“I’m actually not doing very well, I’m pretty sick now,” Johansson croaked, breaking off from coughing.
“It’s been a little harder for me because I have a history of respiratory disease. I think I’m the only one who isn’t doing well.
“I’m still in Mexico City. The rest of the cast is in New Mexico. I’m in isolation in a hotel, but my doctor comes every day.’
The cast had been filming in Mexico City and other locations around the country since May and was due to start filming with Jamie Foxx in New Mexico this month.
The first images from the set of God is a Bullet movie were released last month by production company Patriot Pictures
Johansson said the outbreak is particularly concerning as the entire cast had already received the full vaccine and followed strict rules for wearing masks, distancing themselves and daily Covid testing.
The actor, who has appeared on TV shows One Tree Hill, Mad Men, Van Helsing and NCIS, said he didn’t blame the production team for taking all precautions but still falling victim to the virus.
“The production was very, very careful. Everyone was tested. I was tested Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Monday I tested positive. It literally came out of nowhere,” he said.
“We are really mask positive and I was very impressed with the way everything was handled. I absolutely cannot fault anyone.
“There were people on set all the time to make sure everything was going well.
‘But this delta variant is a beast. It’s not like the previous one. I don’t think there is a mistake, the world is facing the same problem.
“We are now in a new phase and I really hope people get the word.
“As soon as I felt symptoms, I called and they immediately sent a doctor to test me.
“I haven’t been to the hospital, but we’re talking about maybe moving me.”
The source claimed executives running the film on a $14 million budget have rejected insurance against disruptions from Covid-19 due to its high price tag of approximately $800,000. Pictured: Nick Cassavetes on set in May 2020
Co-stars Jamie Foxx and January Jones avoided the outbreak because they didn’t join the cast for filming in Mexico
The source claimed executives running the film on a $14 million budget rejected insurance against Covid-19 disruption due to its hefty price tag of around $800,000 — instead opting to take strict precautions on set and closely monitored by doctors and nurses.
But the alleged decision could now jeopardize production from a permanent shutdown due to the Covid outbreak.
“At the time it was $800,000. That’s a big pill to swallow. There may have been even more, now that the number of productions has stopped due to Covid.
“Every day a production is shut down,” said the source.
“They were very protective and strict, they had doctors and nurses on set. You weren’t allowed to work until you were free. But something went wrong somewhere.’
The cast had been filming in Mexico City and other locations around the country since May and was set to film Foxx in New Mexico this month.
The source said Foxx was only available for a short time to land his role in the film; a window that closes quickly amid the delay.
Despite vaccination efforts, cases of the new delta variant continue to emerge in the US
Johansson, who had received both doses of the modern vaccine, said the outbreak on set should serve as a warning against complacency, even among vaccinated people.
Action thriller God is a Bullet is about a detective, Bob Hightower, played by Coster-Waldau, who leaves the police force to go rogue and infiltrate a satanic cult that killed his ex-wife and kidnapped his daughter.
“Bob is frustrated by the bumbling of failed official investigations,” says the film’s IMDB synopsis.
Bob leaves the police force, gets tattooed and infiltrates the cult to track down the charismatic cult leader, Cyrus, with the help of the cult’s only female escapee victim, the brilliantly damaged one, Case Hardin. [played by one of the covid victims, Monroe].
“Bob is led down the rabbit hole to save his daughter, and Case seizes the opportunity to reclaim her power from the cult that stole so much from her.”
Johansson said the outbreak on the film set should serve as a warning against complacency, even among vaccinated people.
‘A few months ago I was fully vaccinated with a Moderna injection. It’s an important reminder for people to provide security despite their status,” he said.