SAG-AFTRA actors are facing a load of rules as the strike goes into effect … and we’re talking about everything, from acting on camera to even tweeting about projects.
TMZ has obtained a copy of the rigorous guidelines the 160,000 union members are required to follow until the strike ends … and it cites the expected no-nos like acting, singing, and doing motion capture work in front of a camera.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because they also aren’t allowed to do any voice acting, narrating, or re-recording their voice for a scene, also known as dubbing.
In addition, performers can’t attend costume fittings, makeup tests, or rehearsals and they can’t audition for upcoming projects.
There’s also a ban on promotion, in every form — they can’t do interviews, tours, fan expos and conventions, podcast appearances, award shows or even post about a project on social media.
It appears pre-recorded promos are fair game for the studios, but SAG-AFTRA’s asked publicists to add a disclaimer in front of pre-deadline press junkets so some actors don’t come off as scabs down the line.
Stand-ins and background actors in the union are also forbidden from crossing that picket line … leaving options incredibly limited for any shows or movies staying in production. Also, anyone not in SAG-AFTRA that crosses the line won’t be getting future entry into the union.
As we reported, a handful of panels and signings at San Diego Comic-Con have already been canceled, while others that typically include celebs are expected to follow before the event starts next week.