Isabel Lucas 'opted out' of mandatory COVID-19 test on set of Byron Bay film with Luke Hemsworth
Isabel Lucas recently revealed she "opted out" of coronavirus testing while on the set of her recent film with Luke Hemsworth in Byron Bay.
However, her revelation has come as a surprise to producers of the movie Bosch & Rockit, with testing mandatory for all of those working on the production.
"Every cast and crew member was required to sign an acknowledgement that they would adhere to the COVID-Safe guidelines adopted by the production, which included an acknowledgement that they had been COVID-tested prior to principal photography," Black Pearl Productions said in a statement, seen by The Age.
"Isabel's recent statement that she was not tested is inconsistent with the producers' understanding that she had complied with the COVID-Safe guidelines adopted by the production."
The 35-year-old actress, who has spoken openly about her anti-vax beliefs in the past, made the admission on an American well-being podcast, Alfa Vedic, on September 25.
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"I gave my duty of care of what I could offer to respect everyone's health and maintain my own health, and I shared that, and I opted out of doing the COVID test," she said.
"Everyone was really respectful and really honouring of, like, how to maintain health while this very tricky time is underway. But I needed to do that. I felt like it was quite an understanding, relaxed group of people."
While it's understood no-one working on the production was struck down with coronavirus during filming, the move has concerned industry insiders as due to privacy restrictions around medical records, it's on the actor to prove they've been tested.
Tyler Atkins' debut feature film is based on a true story and follows a dad named Bosch (Hemsworth) who is on the run from police, taking his teenage son, Rockit (Rasmus King), along for the ride by calling it a 'father-son Surf Safari'.
Lucas plays Hemsworth's character's love interest, Deb.
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