Liberal actor Sean Penn doesn’t care about big box office numbers if it means the unvaccinated will be showing up to movie theaters.
“I am so grateful that audiences — and yes, we’ll come around to that, I would request only vaccinated audiences — have an opportunity to see this theatrically,” the “Flag Day” director said in an interview.
“It’s rare these days to have something that is exclusively theatrical. Eventually, it will stream, and that’s a better time for the unvaccinated to see it, though I think I’ll probably offend them out of that choice.”
Penn has recently made waves at his new Watergate series “Gaslit,” after refusing to return to set until all staff members were fully vaccinated, as current production standards only require those working in close contact with actors to get the jab.
“I didn’t want to feel complicit in something that was taking care of one group and not the other,” Penn elaborated on the decision. “And I do believe that everyone should get vaccinated. I believe it should be mandatory, like turning your headlights on in the car at night.”
Penn believes there are two types of anti-vaxxers, those waiting for FDA approval of the vaccine, and those who are politically motivated.
“There are those that, once the FDA gives full approval, will go forward with it. And there are those who have become entrenched in a kind of radical libertarianism and an identity of politic that has sort of perversely turned this issue into something that forgets that in the United States of America — in our entire history — it’s all based on being independent because we understand interdependency,” he said.
Penn thinks vaccination is paramount to the success of the country moving forward.
“If we’re gonna take some of the great lessons that have been learned in the last year, some of the extraordinary movements, George Floyd, all of what’s happening societally — if we’re gonna take the good parts of that and move it forward, we’re gonna do it interdependently,” he continued.
“And I think vaccination is the beginning of that, given that it’s such a threat now to business, to lifestyle, to life here and around the world,” Penn concluded.