Hollywood heavyweight Matt Damon has begun private quarantine 14 days after flying down under with his family last week to start filming the Marvel blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder.
The Damon family will isolate themselves at their own expense in a private home in New South Wales for the two weeks prior to filming.
« I’m so excited to have my family and I call Australia home in the next few months, » Damon said in a statement.
« Australian film teams are world-renowned for their professionalism and a pleasure to work with. So the 14 day quarantine will be worth it.
« Australia is definitely the happy country and I can’t wait to show my family Australia’s down-to-earth people, breathtaking landscapes and diverse culture. »
Last year it was claimed the Oscar-winning man bought a $ 22 million waterfront mansion in Byron Bay near his friends the Hemsworths. However, a source would not confirm where the star is in quarantine.
Damon, his wife Luciana Barroso, and their daughters are undergoing standardized COVID tests under the guidance of the NSW government’s COVID-19 quarantine program.
« The family will be completely segregated for the duration of their quarantine and will participate in standardized testing and monitoring that is fully in line with current NSW government requirements, » said Dr. Zac Turner, CEO of Concierge Doctors.
« NSW police are also on hand to ensure that the quarantine of the Damons is enforced. By quarantining the Damons this way at their own expense, they are subject to the same medical requirements as anyone else entering NSW , apply, and especially for their arrival in Nr Weg affects the capacity available to bring Australians home. »
Damon, 50, follows Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, who made headlines last year when they skipped the mandatory hotel quarantine and were allowed to hang out with daughters Sunday Rose, 12 and Faith Margaret, 9 on their sprawling estate in the southern highlands to isolate.
Damon family immigration attorney Rebekah O’Sullivan said: « Every aspect of the Damon family’s relocation and quarantine has been privately arranged and funded to ensure that their entry can accommodate the number of overseas places for Australians waiting to return home return in no way impaired or diminished. » nor any burden on the Australian taxpayer. »
« Hollywood superstar Matt Damon, who joins our native talent to make such a big movie in NSW, is a huge win creating thousands of local jobs, » said Morrison.
« The Australian management of COVID-19 and our government’s tax incentives have ensured our film industry is booming with lots of new jobs for actors as well as electricians, carpenters, cooks, security guards, bus drivers and a massive boost for NSW. »
Thor: Love and Thunder, which also stars Natalie Portman and Christian Bale, is expected to spend around $ 178 million, use the services of around 1,650 local Australian companies, and create up to 2,500 jobs in NSW, and the services of around 1,650 companies use it. Marvel Studios will offer a local trainee program to tackle skills shortages and bring more Australians into the film industry.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet welcomed the arrival of the Damon family as part of NSW’s growing international film industry.
« The NSW government is incredibly excited to welcome Mr. Damon and his family to NSW and is proud to support the Australian film industry, » said Perrottet.
« In particular, the recent announcements from several studios and film production companies, including Marvel, represent a fantastic economic upturn for NSW, with plenty of new jobs and opportunities for local NSW businesses and the likely positive mental health impact, hopefully with an increase in jobs there will be opportunities in the NSW community. »
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