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Filming on new Russell Crowe thriller suspended after a Covid-19 outbreak on set at Sydney’s Fox Studios

Russell Crowe said there was a confirmed positive case among the crew of his new film (Picture: Getty)


Filming on new Russell Crowe thriller suspended after a Covid-19 outbreak on set at Sydney’s Fox Studios


After a member of the team tested positive for Covid-19, production on Russell Crowe’s forthcoming film Poker Face has been suspended.

Filming of the new movie Poker Face, which had been taking place in the penthouse at Crown in Sydney’s Barangaroo, came to a halt today.

Crowe said on Twitter on Tuesday that the cast and crew had been placed in isolation, and that health officials in New South Wales were looking into a second suspected infection related to the production.

“Unfortunately six days from the end of our shoot on PokerFace we have had a confirmed positive COVID case amongst our crew and a second possible positive under further investigation by our PokerFace Covid team and NSW Health,” Crowe tweeted.

“For the safety of cast and crew and the wider community, the production has been immediately paused and everyone instructed to isolate whilst the situation is looked into.”

Filming on the movie was supposed to conclude early next week.


The Gladiator star acknowledged that work had been temporarily halted, but that he intended to resume it shortly.

‘We feel for the crew members involved. They are both very committed team players and diligent in their approach to their work responsibilities.

‘We also feel for the wider community going through these difficult times. We hope this situation will be confined and we can be back up and running very soon.’

He said that during the filming, they followed public health rules by having everyone on site tested for the virus three times a week and wearing masks, with the exception of three crew members who were excused.

‘We have followed strict protocols with cast and crew being tested 3 times a week for the past 11+ weeks.’

“The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions,” he tweeted.

After working five hours on set last week while unwittingly contagious, a barista tested positive with COVID-19.

Crowe acts alongside Liam Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky in the film, which he also directs.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday, the film’s producers acknowledged there had been a Covid outbreak on site.

‘The producers of Poker Face confirm one crew member has been diagnosed with Covid-19 along with a second possible positive under investigation,’ they said.

‘The production has been working under strict COVID-Safe guidelines and is committed to ensuring utmost safety to cast, crew and the wider Sydney community.

‘Production was immediately paused with everyone instructed to isolate whilst the situation is investigated.’

The actor plays tech millionaire Jake, whose house is broken into during a high-stakes poker session with his boyhood pals in Poker Face.

The production that took place during the state’s lockdown was criticized at the time.

On Twitter, Kiama member Gareth Ward said the production made a “total mockery” of the lockdown.

“People can’t see family and friends, funerals limited to 10, no cases in Shellharbour but still locked down but apparently ‘A-listers’ producing movies is essential?” he wrote.

Crowe looks to be self-isolating at his Woolloomooloo residence in Sydney.

‘Look what somebody has left in my front garden. This boat is a roll on, roll off ferry that usually does the Melbourne to Devonport run across the tempestuous Bass Strait,’ he tweeted from his apartment.

During a shoot, the singer earlier posted a photo of the stunning view from Crown Towers as the sun sank over Sydney.

‘The bath you have in heaven. 88 floors above the city,’ he wrote.

‘One more day shooting at the iconic Crown Hotel in Barangaroo. When this pandemic is over, come and see Sydney.’

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