Coronavirus crisis: I Am Legend's Akiva Goldsman slams anti-vax claim based on movie's plot

Vaccination opponents have turned to a Hollywood blockbuster as the basis of their latest theory.

I Am Legend – the 2007 post-apocalyptic thriller starring Will Smith – has been latched onto by sceptics questioning the validity of the COVID-19 vaccine and using it as an excuse not to the get the jab.

The movie follows the aftermath of an attempt to cure cancer using a reprogrammed virus which has wiped out nearly all of mankind, leaving Smith’s character to survive a world off nocturnal mutants.

Recently the plot, based off the 1954 novel of the same name, has begun gaining traction on social media and messaging boards frequented by anti-vaxxers.

The fear among them is that a dose of the vaccine will turn them into the zombie like creatures they’ve seen on the big screen.

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Camera IconWill Smith starring as Robert Neville in I Am Legend”. Credit: Barry Wetcher S.M.P.S.P./ AP

Some have also suggested the movie is being used to bypass Facebook fact-check filters.

Other films including Children of Men and The Matrix have been used by activists to push misinformation.

Responding to the talk, I Am Legend producer and co-writer Akiva Goldsman tweeted: “Oh. My. God. It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real.”

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It comes as WA moves to demand arrivals from NSW prove they have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine under tough new arrangements.

Travellers must also provide proof of a negative PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure, Premier Mark McGowan announced on Friday.

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The measures will come into effect from Tuesday when NSW will move to a beefed-up “high risk” category under WA's controlled border regime.

It comes as NSW on Friday reported 390 new locally-acquired cases and a further two deaths.

“Given what is happening in NSW, there's no sign of the situation improving over coming weeks,” Mr McGowan told reporters.

“These are tough measures but they are necessary to protect the State.

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