Russell Crowe's film 'immediately paused' after Covid outbreak on set

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Russell Crowe has revealed there's been an outbreak of Covid on the Sydney set of his new film, Poker Face, which also stars Liam Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky.

The 57-year-old Aussie actor announced the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that production had been 'immediately paused' after a crew member tested positive for the virus.

Russell Crowe watches on during the International Basketball Friendly match between the Australian Boomers and Team USA United States of America at Marvel Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia
Production on Russell Crowe's new film has been paused after a crew member tested positive for Covid. Photo: Getty Images.

Covid on set

While the entire cast and crew had been sent into lockdown, a second crew member, Russell added, was 'under investigation' as a 'possible positive' as well.

"Unfortunately six days from the end of our shoot on Poker Face we have had a confirmed positive Covid case amongst our crew and a second possible positive under further investigation by our Covid team and NSW Health," the Gladiator star tweeted.

Russell explained that the cast and crew have 'followed strict protocols' which involved thrice-weekly Covid tests for the past 11 weeks.

"The crew have been masked on set the whole time except for three individuals with medical exemptions,' he added.

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A tweet by Russell Crowe reveals there's been a Covid outbreak on the set of his new film, Poker Face. Photo: Twitter/russellcrowe.
Russell shared the news on Twitter. Photo: Twitter/russellcrowe.

"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."

According to reports by Daily Mail, the psychological thriller was being shot at Fox Studios in Sydney's Moore Park after filming stints in the Kiama and Berry region of NSW earlier this month.

The cast and crew also spent a week shooting at Crown Towers in Barangaroo, with Russell tweeting a photo of the city from the window of one of the hotel's luxurious suites.

A tweet by Russell Crowe reveals there's been a Covid outbreak on the set of his new film, Poker Face. Photo: Twitter/russellcrowe.
Russell said that the cast and crew on Poker Face have been following 'strict protocols'. Photo: Twitter/russellcrowe.

Russell was reportedly last seen on set at Fox Studios last Friday and appears to have been isolating in his Wooloomooloo apartment since then.

Just hours before making his Covid announcement on Twitter, the father-of-two shared a snap of a ferry in his 'front garden' aka the Finger Wharf.

Russell was seen back in March cheering on his NRL team, the Rabbitohs, with the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky as well as Thor director Taika Waititi, Isla Fisher, and Idris Elba's wife, Sabrina Elba.

Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Sabrina Elba, Elsa Pataky, Isla Fisher and Russell Crowe watch the round three NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at Stadium Australia on March 26, 2021, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Russell (bottom right) cheered on the Rabbitohs with Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, (back row) Sabrina Elba, Elsa Pataky, Isla Fisher (middle) on March 26, 2021, in Sydney. Photo: Getty Images.

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