The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne has had his say on whether or not the show should move from Georgia if the abortion bill is passed.
For more than 10-years, the zombie hit has filmed in the southern state, and is currently using the same location for it’s 10th season.
However, earlier this week it came to light that they may have to up sticks if the ‘heartbeat bill’ is passed.
After hearing the news, Tom who played Jesus in the AMC show spoke about his views on moving set to TooFab, and understands it’s a ‘tough decision’.
He told the publication: ‘If you employ someone you have to look after their rights and what they can do with their rights, and I think that’s what these companies are doing.
‘I feel bad for all the people I have worked with in Atlanta and in Georgia who might be affected by these laws, and I’m friends with all of them, and that’s really tough.’
He continued to explain how AMC own the studios in Atlanta and so believes they’re committed to staying there ‘for now.’
However, the 36-year-old went on to add: ‘The right thing is to look after people and women and women’s rights to their own bodies.
‘I think it’s tough to put people in a position where their health is at risk, as they can’t get access to medical procedures that they need.’
Just yesterday a rep for AMC revealed that the show could join the ranks of Hollywood who are removing their business from the state in protest.
They told The Wrap: ‘If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia.
‘Similar bills – some even more restrictive – have passed in multiple states and have been challenged.
‘This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.’
AMC wouldn’t be the only ones moving, as they would join the likes of Netflix, who recently filmed Stranger Things there, and Walt Disney Co. who said it would be ‘difficult’ to remain in the area.
The Walking Dead airs on Fox and will return for season 10 later this year.
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