Both Laura Linney and Jason Bateman are speaking out against the anti-abortion laws in the United States.
As Alabama passed their abortion ban bill and as Georgia begins to vote on their “heartbeat bill” (Georgia hopes to ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy while Alabama has made it illegal altogether), both stars have decided to boycott any state with such laws.
The film industry sends many movies and television shows to film in Georgia, and as of now, the “Ozark” actors vowed to never return to those states until the bills are disbanded.
“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 in a statement.
Linney added in her support for a boycott should the bill pass, telling Variety, “It’s a terrible, terrible situation. The law is atrocious; it strips women and a lot of Georgians from their rights. Having said that, I’m also from generations of people who are from Georgia. I love the state of Georgia. I love the people who work there.”
While Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Imagine Entertainment partners, agree with Bateman’s boycott the pair will continue to shoot their Amy Adams-led film, “Hillbilly Elegy”, in Georgia but once they wrap they will not return.
“After much thought and deliberation, we decided to continue with shooting ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ in Georgia next month,” they told THR. “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 on 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.”
Earlier, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele vowed to donate 100 percent of their episodic fees on their upcoming HBO drama “Lovecraft County” to the organizations fighting the legislation, the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.