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Tilda Swinton Exceeds COVID Film Set Rule: ‘I Was Told to Wear a Mask All the Time, and I’m Not’

Tilda Swinton is over the pandemic, and she doesn’t care who knows it.

She opened her keynote appearance at South by Southwest by sharing her joy that the pandemic had progressed to a point where audience members at the event were no longer required to wear masks.

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Later in the conversation, Swinton said, “I’m supposed to shoot a picture in Ireland, and I was told to wear a mask all the time, and I don’t.”

“I’m sure it’s being recorded,” she said, before adding that she is “very healthy” after going through multiple COVID-19 infections.

Swinton isn’t the only high-profile actor to disagree with on-set COVID protocols recently. spoke to fran drescher Diversity about her position against the vaccine mandateAnd Woody Harrelson has come out against all the rules related to COVID in Hollywood,

Swinton was at SXSW in support of “Problemista,” in which she stars alongside writer-director Julio Torres. Premiering March 13, the A24 film follows Alejandro (Torres), an aspiring toy designer from El Salvador who struggles to bring his unusual ideas to life in New York City. As his work visa expires, a precarious job assisting an art-world outcast (Swinton) becomes his only hope of staying in the country and realizing his dream.

“I love her. I always loved her,” Swinton said of Torres. “It is such a thrill to call him a comrade. That’s next level. Now he’s a filmmaker, and that’s really cool for all of us who are into film.

What worries Swinton, however, is the self-centered attitude in the film industry.

“There is a perception that when you make a film, or write a story, all the focus is on you as a person. The spotlight is on you,” she said. “One thing I can attest to, That I’m actually a real poster child is collective living. You don’t need to be separated from your kin and your herd.

According to Swinton, the issue is unique to young people.

“There is such a new virus in the air about being an individual that, frankly speaking, people of our generation didn’t have to deal with because there was more respect and investment in collective action. But now I think That good actors are under pressure to cut ties, grow big balls, and become a narcissist. And that can turn off a lot of people.

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