Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore call out SAG-AFTRA for warning members to avoid Halloween costumes from struck content: ‘Is this a joke?’

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Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore call out SAG-AFTRA for warning members to avoid Halloween costumes from struck content: ‘Is this a joke?’

Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore spoke out against the new SAG-AFTRA warning about strike-friendly Halloween costumes this week.SAG-AFTRA told

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Ryan Reynolds and Mandy Moore spoke out against the new SAG-AFTRA warning about strike-friendly Halloween costumes this week.

SAG-AFTRA told its members on Wednesday to avoid dressing up as any characters featured in struck films or shows, via a digital flyer posted to its strike website.

In addition to avoiding characters featured in currently struck films or television shows, guild members should also avoid wearing costumes of characters owned by struck companies, such as characters from Marvel movies, who are primarily owned by Disney. 

Responding to the advice, Ryan, 46, joked on X: ‘I look forward to screaming “scab” at my 8 year old all night. She’s not in the union but she needs to learn.’

Shortly thereafter, the union quickly fired off a clarification to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that the guideline ‘does not apply to anyone’s kids.’

 

Goofing around: Ryan Reynolds gently made fun of the new SAG-AFTRA warning about strike-friendly Halloween costumes this week

Goofing around: Ryan Reynolds gently made fun of the new SAG-AFTRA warning about strike-friendly Halloween costumes this week

Goofing around: Ryan Reynolds gently made fun of the new SAG-AFTRA warning about strike-friendly Halloween costumes this week

Critical: Mandy was more direct with her criticism of SAG when she posted her reaction to the warning on Thursday

Critical: Mandy was more direct with her criticism of SAG when she posted her reaction to the warning on Thursday

Critical: Mandy was more direct with her criticism of SAG when she posted her reaction to the warning on Thursday

Tough love: 'Is this a joke?' the actress, 39, wrote on her Instagram Story. 'Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important?'

Tough love: 'Is this a joke?' the actress, 39, wrote on her Instagram Story. 'Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important?'

Tough love: ‘Is this a joke?’ the actress, 39, wrote on her Instagram Story. ‘Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important?’

Mandy was more direct with her criticism of SAG when she posted her reaction to the warning on Thursday.

‘Is this a joke?’ the actress, 39, wrote on her Instagram Story. ‘Come on @sagaftra. This is what’s important?’ 

She continued: ‘We’re asking you to negotiate in good faith on our behalf. So many folks across every aspect of this industry have been sacrificing mightily for months.

‘Get back to the table and get a fair deal so everyone can get back to work. Please and thank you’.

The full disclaimer began: ‘SAG-AFTRA issued Halloween guidance in response to questions from content creators and members about how to support the strike during this festive season.’

Per the union: ‘This was meant to help them avoid promoting struck work, and it is the latest in a series of guidelines we have issued. It does not apply to anyone’s kids.’

As their battle with the studios raged on, the outfit added: ‘We are on strike for important reasons, and have been for nearly 100 days. Our number one priority remains getting the studios back to the negotiating table so we can get a fair deal for our members, and finally put our industry back to work.’

Ryan and his second wife Blake Lively, whom he married in 2012, share three daughters – James, eight, Inez, seven, and Betty, four. Mandy shares Gus, 2, and Oscar, 1, with her husband Taylor Goldsmith, whom she married in 2018.

The new SAG-AFTRA guidance — which arrives shortly after Jessica Chastain and Ariana Grande‘s new boyfriend were seen on the picket line — means that member actors hoping to stay in the union’s good graces will need to avoid popular costumes inspired by the Barbie movie and the Netflix‘s Addams Family spinoff series Wednesday — or they’ll at least need to keep them secret.

Instead, SAG-AFTRA is encouraging its members to opt for more generic costumes that couldn’t see seen as promotion for any struck projects.

The flyer instructs members to ‘choose costumes inspired by generalized characters and figures,’ and it cites ghosts, zombies and spiders as safe and acceptable costume ideas.

Even though those spooky figures have been used in struck work, they are generalized enough that striking actors should be able to avoid the appearance of promoting any struck film or series.

Family man: Ryan and his second wife Blake Lively, whom he married in 2012, share three daughters - James, eight, Inez, seven, and Betty, four; he is pictured with Inez in 2020

Family man: Ryan and his second wife Blake Lively, whom he married in 2012, share three daughters - James, eight, Inez, seven, and Betty, four; he is pictured with Inez in 2020

Family man: Ryan and his second wife Blake Lively, whom he married in 2012, share three daughters – James, eight, Inez, seven, and Betty, four; he is pictured with Inez in 2020

Steer clear! SAG-AFTRA is urging its actor members to avoid wearing Halloween costumes inspired by struck films and shows, the union announced on Wednesday on its website; Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in a publicity photo for Barbie

Steer clear! SAG-AFTRA is urging its actor members to avoid wearing Halloween costumes inspired by struck films and shows, the union announced on Wednesday on its website; Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in a publicity photo for Barbie

Steer clear! SAG-AFTRA is urging its actor members to avoid wearing Halloween costumes inspired by struck films and shows, the union announced on Wednesday on its website; Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in a publicity photo for Barbie

Scary: Striking members will also have to avoid massively popular Wednesday Addams costumes, as those could be seen as promotion for the Netflix show. The streamer is represented by the AMPTP

Scary: Striking members will also have to avoid massively popular Wednesday Addams costumes, as those could be seen as promotion for the Netflix show. The streamer is represented by the AMPTP

Scary: Striking members will also have to avoid massively popular Wednesday Addams costumes, as those could be seen as promotion for the Netflix show. The streamer is represented by the AMPTP

In the clear: SAG-AFTRA noted that characters from most animated TV shows are safe, as the vast majority of animated shows are represented by a different union

In the clear: SAG-AFTRA noted that characters from most animated TV shows are safe, as the vast majority of animated shows are represented by a different union

In the clear: SAG-AFTRA noted that characters from most animated TV shows are safe, as the vast majority of animated shows are represented by a different union

To make it easier for members, the flyer notes that any character from a non-struck property is fair game for a Halloween costume.

The guild highlighted characters from animated TV shows, as the vast majority of those are covered by a different union, the Animation Guild, which is not currently on strike.

SAG-AFTRA has been on strike for around 100 days against the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the group that represents major Hollywood studios and streams (including Netflix, Apple TV+ and Amazon).

Among the struck films likely to inspire many costumes this spooky season is the blockbuster film Barbie.

Fans are certain to dress up as Margot Robbie’s title character and Ryan Gosling’s scene-stealing Ken, along with several of the secondary characters, but SAG-AFTRA members can’t put on the pink-themed Barbie gear lest they possibly promote the struck film. 

Fans of Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer might also want to replicate Cillian Murphy’s distinctive fedora–pork pie hat hybrid and his voluminous suits to transform into J. Robert Oppenheimer, but that film — which is distributed by Universal — would also be off limits.

Other out-of-bounds costumes could include anything inspired by the popular series The Bear or any character from the hit Marvel/Disney+ series Loki.

However, there are still some high-profile film properties that could escape SAG-AFTRA’s ban.

Several films have been made by independent studios that received waivers from the union for agreeing to abide by the union’s terms when it came to minimum wage raises and restrictions on the use of AI, as well as new revenue sharing requirements.

So fans of the highly anticipated Ferrari — directed by Michael Mann — can dress up as Adam Driver’s title character, since the film’s distributor received a union waiver.

As Variety notes, even some popular real-life figures such as Elvis can be a costume inspiration — as long as its the right Elvis. 

Out of bounds: Fans of the Barbenheimer double bill also can't dress as Cillian Murphy's version of Oppenheimer, as that film was distributed by Universal

Out of bounds: Fans of the Barbenheimer double bill also can't dress as Cillian Murphy's version of Oppenheimer, as that film was distributed by Universal

Out of bounds: Fans of the Barbenheimer double bill also can’t dress as Cillian Murphy’s version of Oppenheimer, as that film was distributed by Universal

No, Chef! Nor can striking actors adopt Jeremy Allen White's tattooed chef costume from The Bear

No, Chef! Nor can striking actors adopt Jeremy Allen White's tattooed chef costume from The Bear

No, Chef! Nor can striking actors adopt Jeremy Allen White’s tattooed chef costume from The Bear

Off limits: Loki characters are off limits, as are any other Marvel characters owned by Disney

Off limits: Loki characters are off limits, as are any other Marvel characters owned by Disney

Off limits: Loki characters are off limits, as are any other Marvel characters owned by Disney

Kicking into overdrive: But Adam Driver and Michael Mann fans can adopt Driver's Ferrari costume, as that film received a waiver from SAG-AFTRA

Kicking into overdrive: But Adam Driver and Michael Mann fans can adopt Driver's Ferrari costume, as that film received a waiver from SAG-AFTRA

Kicking into overdrive: But Adam Driver and Michael Mann fans can adopt Driver’s Ferrari costume, as that film received a waiver from SAG-AFTRA

Tricky: Members can't dress up as Austin Butler from Baz Luhrmann's Elvis (which is distributed by Warner Bros.)

Tricky: Members can't dress up as Austin Butler from Baz Luhrmann's Elvis (which is distributed by Warner Bros.)

Technicality: But they can dress up as Jacob Elordi's more reserved Elvis from Sofia Coppola's Priscilla. The A24 film also received a waiver

Technicality: But they can dress up as Jacob Elordi's more reserved Elvis from Sofia Coppola's Priscilla. The A24 film also received a waiver

Technicality: Members can’t dress up as Austin Butler from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis (which is distributed by Warner Bros.), but they can dress up as Jacob Elordi’s more reserved Elvis from Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. The A24 film also received a waiver

The version of the legendary rock and roller played by Austin Butler in Baz Luhrmann’s hit biopic Elvis would be off limits, as the film was distributed by the struck company Warner Bros.

However, fans of the King could get away with dressing up as the more muted version of the singer played by Jacob Elordi in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, as that critically acclaimed film was distributed by the independent studio A24, which received a waver.

Although SAG-AFTRA doesn’t want its members to dress up as any characters from struck properties, it seems most concerned that its members not do so publicly.

The informational flyer urges actors to not ‘post photos of costumes inspired by struck content to social media,’ though it’s not entirely clear if a Barbie costume only worn at a private party would be acceptable.

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