Actor Carl Weathers, known for his roles as Apollo Creed in the Rocky series and Chubbs Peterson, the golfer in “Happy Gilmore” whose hand was bitten off by an alligator, was among those who expressed their support for California’s film and television tax incentive bill at the Capitol in Sacramento Wednesday.
“All I can say is that AB 1839 is important for and to the multitude of below-the-line California film & TV workers,” Weathers said in a tweet.
California has lost about $2 billion from production leaving the state between 2010-2014, according to a report from the California Film Commission. The state began offering incentives in 2009 to compete against other states and countries’ incentive offerings, and currently doles out $100 million a year. Under the new bill, that number would quadruple to $400 million.
Actor Ron Perlman, whose starred in “Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “Pacific Rim” was also in Sacramento in support of the bill.
As was the crew from “Pretty Little Liars.”
The bill has sailed through the legislature so far. It was approved unanimously by both the California Assembly in May and the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, and 35 members of the U.S. House from California and the mayors from 10 of the state’s largest cities have written letters in support. One of the few elected officials whose expressed any resistance to the bill is Gov. Jerry Brown (D) who has said repeatedly despite his support for the entertainment industry, the battle to woo production between the states is an arms race.