Veteran and Georgia resident Joey Jones pointed out potential issues with Hollywood moving production out of Georgia due to a heartbeat abortion bill during an interview with Fox News on Friday.
He pointed out that famous conservative Dan Cathy was partially responsible for helping introduce the film industry to Georgia.
“Dan Cathy, the owner of Chick fil A, brought Hollywood to Georgia in a lot of ways. So a lot of people don’t know this,” said Jones. “Pinewood Studios is in Fayetteville, Georgia, the same town that Chick fil A was founded and operates today.”
He also pointed out that the tax breaks are not the only incentives that they would be missing out on if film companies and actors refused to work in the state, pointing out the workforce that has moved there.
“The amount of workers that it would take just to do Netflix’s setlist alone don’t exist in this country,” Jones said. “The industry is booming that much. The Georgia film academy has thousands enrolled and they have thousands more on the waiting list. They can’t just pick up and move.”
Joey Jones explains what makes his home state of Georgia irreplaceable in the film industry as Netflix and Disney consider boycotting over heartbeat bill
Posted by Fox & Friends on Friday, May 31, 2019
Disney is one of the main companies that use facilities in Georgia, and Jones stated that a majority of the Marvel films were shot there.
“And Pinewood Studios is the home of Disney. It’s the home of Marvel. The last ten films, I think since ‘Ant-man,’ have either been filmed in Georgia or at least the reshoots have been done right there is Pinewood Studio in Georgia.”
As IJR Red previously reported, Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger claimed that continuing to film in Georgia would be “very difficult to do” once the bill takes effect. However, as Jones pointed out with his examples, moving such a huge industry may do more harm than good.