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Last Updated: Friday, 20 June, 2003, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Unions close down 'Voight film'
Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie
Jon Voight is the father of Angelina Jolie
Union members have shut down production on a film they believe is being produced by actor Jon Voight because it is a non-union movie.

Actors and crew from several unions, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), picketed the Los Angeles studio where Deadly Course was being filmed.

Now the picketers are claiming victory because the production appears to have been shut down.

Voight, a SAG member, says he is not executive producing the film as claimed but has only a minor connection with it.

A representative of the Association of Theatrical Stage Design (IATSD), representing crew members, said Voight had told them the film was just a small production.


The producer/director is a dear friend of mine, and I wanted to help him out with the film
Jon Voight
The IASTD is concerned at the "horrendous" working conditions the crew were subjected to, working up to 20-hours a day, and that it is not as low-budget a film as claimed.

"The picket was very effective," said actor Todd Amorde, who is SAG's director of member education.

"What SAG realised is that Jon Voight is co-producing this. So we are going to do everything we can to intervene and convert the production to a union production."

"We stayed out there for several hours, and to our knowledge it kept production from going forward. I know that our sources are telling us that they didn't work over the weekend."

Signed on

Voight told Back Stage West magazine the project had been completely shut down but insisted he was not the producer and had not yet worked on it.

"The producer/director is a dear friend of mine, and I wanted to help him out with the film," he said.

"This is a dear friend of mine who was doing a non-union movie, and the people who signed on knew it was a non-union movie ... all down the line.

"It was a non-union movie and the unions wanted it to be a union movie and they picketed it. And it's been shut down ... with the pickets, with all the stuff that went down."

But the unions insist Voight is more involved in the film, saying he was listed to do 10 days shooting on the movie.

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