Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn defended his decision to hold up production on his latest series until everyone is vaccinated while calling for mandatory vaccines for the public.
Penn announced he wouldn’t return to his Watergate series “Gaslit” beside Julia Roberts until the entire cast and crew of the show proved they had been fully vaccinated.
“This is one of those things that should be mandatory,” Penn said, then likened vaccine passports to driver’s licenses, noting that they’re “no different than having everybody being able to drive 100 miles an hour in a car.”
Though he does believe that exceptions should be made for individuals with underlying health conditions.
“This is one of those things that should be mandatory that we all get with the exception,” he explained. “The very few exceptions are those people who, for whatever reason, a medical condition might offset it. But I do think that business, all businesses, need to take the lead and to be not so timid in dealing with their collective bargaining agreement partners.”
The “I Am Sam” actor admitted he was “frustrated” by vaccine skeptics, which is why he thinks the jabs need to be government regulated.
“There’s different kinds of hesitancies, right? So I don’t think that there’s much excuse to not know the information available anymore. Hence that’s why I think it should be mandatory at this stage,” he continued.
“A resistance that’s based on a certain kind of siloed lack of imagination and understanding of anything that’s helpful to the human race,” Penn went on. “I’ve become very frustrated by that but I can only work within my own bounds and say for me that it should be mandatory.”