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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton offers support for striking actors

Actors from major Hollywood films have been on strike since July, affecting many productions as a result.

To news overview © Scott Garfield, Apple Studios, F1

Lewis Hamilton has offered his support for actors striking in a dispute over pay and use of Artificial Intelligence in productions.

Several high profile projects have been put on hold after the the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) went on strike for the first time since 1980.

Movies and TV show productions have already been slowing down due to many screenwriters being on strike since May, with the actor strike which started in July impacting the completion and promotion of several more Hollywood films.

While the upcoming F1 production with Apple has not been affected completely, with filming recently taking place at the Hungarian Grand Prix, it has still impacted the schedule.

"Fortunately for us, we're still able to do some of the filming with the stunt crew," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.

"I don't think for anybody it has been helpful, but I stand with the actors. I know what they're fighting for and I hope they come to a resolution soon."

F1 movie 'well received' in paddock

Hamilton praised the support he has received from F1 for the production, which has been seen at two race weekends so far this year under the 'APX GP' fictional 11th team garage.

He added: "Everyone's felt incredibly welcome and there's a great vibe within the filming crew, with the actors and directors, everyone's just feeling a lot of love and feeling included which I think has been great. I think it's been well received.

"There's just so many people that have worked so hard to make it possible, with great help of Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO and President] for example.

"This has never happened in our sport before. It's huge. So, hats off to the sport and to those that are running it, they are showing that we are progressive, we're moving forwards in a new way."

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