Cast and crew-members on an anti-abortion movie are quitting the production and walking off set, following claims that they were misled about the film’s content by its directors.
Roe v. Wade is being helmed by writing and directing duo Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn, about the famous supreme court case from 1973 which guarantees legal pregnancy termination for women in the US.
However, a report from The Daily Beast claims that Loeb and Allyn deliberately held back the film’s pro-life stance from many of those involved for fear of alienating them, with the movie being filmed under a ‘fake title’.
Even the woman set to play Norma McCorvey, the woman given the name Jane Roe in the landmark case, quit the movie.
According to The Daily Beast, she joined a costumer, a location manager, and various other crew-members who have walked over the film’s subject matter.
It’s also said that rather than being a PG-rated take on the case, as it’s being billed, there are ‘several graphic scenes depicting aborted foetuses’, crew-members have revealed.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Loeb told how he was approached by a woman while filming last week who asked him ‘are you the director?’
“When I told her I was, she told me to go f**k myself,” Loeb said. “Then she threw her headset on the ground and walked off. I found out later she was our electrician.”
The film has also been turned away from several pre-booked location shoots, once the film’s content has been discovered, including two university campuses and a synagogue in New Orleans.
It’s claimed that the locations were given a ‘white-washed’ synopsis of the movie beforehand.
“Once they found out what the film was about, they locked us out. We had to call the police so that the extras and caterers could retrieve their possessions,” added Loeb.
“They’re not keeping people in the loop with the script,” one crew member told The Daily Beast.
“When people finally receive the script, they’ve dropped out really fast. After people started dropping out, they said, ‘OK, don’t send people the scripts anymore.’ Instead, they’ve been changing lines and scenes before they shoot.”
Another crew-member added: “That’s where it started as far as not sending out full scripts to actors, because they backed out and then it was a mad rush to find people to be the Supreme Court justices, and when they got on set they had no idea what they were doing. They didn’t get their lines until they got on set. They were kept in the dark.”
Another crew-member added: “When I read the first two pages, I was like what the f**k is this?”
The film features among its stars Jon Voight, Robert Davi, Corbin Bernsen, John Schneider, Steve Guttenberg, William Forsythe, Wade Williams and Richard Portnow, all playing supreme court justices.
Star of Clueless Stacey Dash, meanwhile, plays Mildred Jefferson, the former president of the National Right to Life, the biggest pro-life organisation in the US.
Controversial Conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos also features in a cameo the film, as does Fox News’s Tomi Lahren.
Loeb is perhaps best known for his legal battle with ex-girlfriend Sofia Vergara of Modern Family fame.
He sued her in 2015 in a custody lawsuit over frozen embryos from IVF treatment the couple had.
The case was dismissed in 2017.