If it’s true that the movie did skirt German laws merely for the sake of a wrap party, then that’s a pretty bad look for Wachowski and everyone involved. Indeed, the hope is that the movie industry will take more of a leadership position when it comes to encouraging mask use and other smart practices amid the ongoing pandemic. Celebrities in fact have been very out front in asking people to mask up, practice social distancing and generally behave in a way that will help slow the spread of COVID.
As German tabloid Bild reports (via The Guardian), around 200 people attended the party by pretending to be extras (the law allows just 50 people to congregate at one time). One guest described the party’s “exuberant” mood and claimed many people came wearing masks but discarded them as the night wore on. The guest confirmed that no filming took place during the alleged shoot.
Obviously any film production currently underway is having to operate under less-than-normal conditions, as countries impose COVID-related restrictions on all industries. But it seems Matrix 4 was less than compliant with German law as it’s been alleged the production staged a wrap party that skirted COVID rules by disguising itself as a film shoot.
Whenever a story like this one arises, the entire industry is naturally opened up to accusations of hypocrisy from those who seek to gain political advantage from depicting Hollywood as elitist and phony. Hopefully, the allegations against The Matrix 4 will prove to be unfounded.