Paul Schrader slams producers for shutting down his new movie after actor gets coronavirus

Ben Arnold
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Paul Schrader arrives at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Paul Schrader (Invision/AP)

Filmmaker Paul Schrader has slated the 'pussified' producers of his new movie for halted production after an actor tested positive for coronavirus.

The writer of movies like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull was filming The Card Counter, starring Oscar Isaac, Willem Dafoe and Tiffany Haddish, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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But only five days from wrapping principal photography, a member of the cast with a bit part – and also, as it turns out, coronavirus – flew in to film scenes.

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Posting to Facebook, Schrader wrote: “Production halted five days before wrap by my pussified producers because an LA day player had the coronavirus.

“Myself, I would have shot through hellfire rain to complete the film. I’m old and asthmatic, what better way to die than on the job?”

When asked by one follower on his page 'what about the crew!!!?', Schrader simply replied: “It's a good death.”

The movie, is both written and directed by Schrader, finds Isaac playing a pro-gambler and former serviceman who 'attempts to give guidance to a young man (Tye Sheridan) who is out for revenge against a mutual enemy', a military colonel under whom they both served.

The pair then embark on a road trip, from casino to casino across the US, and with the backing of a financier, Isaac's character aims to win the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas but without falling back into his own dark past.