After former Green Arrow star Stephen Amell stuck his foot in his mouth by saying he didn’t agree with the actors’ union going on strike, Shazam! Fury of the Gods lead actor Zachary Levi has decided to join him in the mud.
In a clip that’s been going viral on social media, Levi — appearing at Manchester Comic-Con in late July after the strike began on July 14 — complained that the rules he must follow as a result of the strike are “dumb.”
“I’m not allowed to talk about…. This is so dumb. I’m not allowed to talk about any of my previous work,” Levi says in the clip.
“I’m not allowed to talk about movies that I may be a superhero in. I’m not allowed to talk about TV shows that I may have been a nerd who worked at a Best Buy. I’m not allowed to talk about any animated princess movies that I was fantastic in — as the best prince ever! I’m not allowed to talk about those things.”
— Alice (@AerithsSeat) August 3, 2023
It’s certainly a bold move from Levi, who was last seen as the face of Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which wound up being one of the biggest box office bombs of the year and in the history of the comic book movie genre. Made for $100 million (before marketing expenses), Shazam! Fury of the Gods made just $57 million during the entirety of its box office run in the United States and another $76 million overseas.
Other than his role in the now-dead DCEU as Shazam, Levi’s recent projects include starring in the Kurt Warner biopic American Underdog, the animated movies Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood, Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again, and Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, and Spy Kids: Armageddon.
The 42-year-old also has upcoming roles in Harold and the Purple Crayon and The Unbreakable Boy.