Kevin Bacon & Edgar Wright Have Some Encouraging Ways to Help
Kevin Bacon is encouraging fans to practice social distancing by playing on the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon concept and asking his social media followers to share who they are staying home for during the current pandemic. On Instagram, Bacon shared #IStayHomeFor and said that he stays home for his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, and dove into the reasons why social distancing is important right now. You can check out Bacon’s video and post below!
Additionally, filmmaker Edgar Wright is encouraging people to support cinemas by purchasing gift cards and memberships, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Major theater chains such as Cinemark, AMC Theatres, Regal, Cineplex, Landmark, and Alamo Drafthouse have temporarily shut down with recent estimates that about 4,000 theaters have closed.
To help with financial losses, Wright wrote in Empire Magazine: “After you’ve read this, why not buy a membership for yourself, or for someone close to you. Buy some gift cards. Donate where you can. Consider, if you can afford to, not asking for your unlimited subscription to be refunded. Yes, you may not be able to go back in the coming months, but you’ll feel better for having helped now than if you later found your local church of cinema had been forced to close for good. I myself have been buying memberships to cinemas I frequent that I hadn’t already joined.”
The Baby Driver director made it clear he understood that this was “not a luxury that everyone can afford,” but asked those who could to think of the “many hard-working staff at your favorite cinema who may have just lost their jobs. This might help ensure they have a place of work to return to.”
The outlet notes that independent cinemas in Europe have been getting requests from supportive customers asking if they can buy a gift certificate to help. There are also talks that some cinemas are trying to set up PayPal accounts to allow customers to donate money, buying “virtual tickets or virtual cups of coffee” to help struggling theaters, though not every cinema is able to “handle all of these methods of financial support” particularly those that are unable to sell gift cards through their websites.
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