“Yellowstone” actor Forrie J. Smith has taken a stand and won’t be attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards due to its vaccine requirements.
What are the details?
“I want to apologize to y’all for not being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards,” Smith noted in a video that Deadline said was posted to his Instagram account, but now appears to have been taken down. “I mean no offense to anyone. I’m not vaccinated, and it’s a requirement to be vaccinated” to be at the ceremony.
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He added, “You have to be vaccinated with a booster shot and a negative COVID test within 48 hours, gotta wear a K-95624350 whatever kinda mask, and I’m not vaccinated. I will not get vaccinated. I haven’t been vaccinated since I was a little kid. I don’t vaccinate my dogs, I don’t vaccinate my horses. I’ve never had a flu shot. I never will. I believe they compromise your immunities … Man, I’m sorry. I was sure lookin’ forward to walkin’ down the red carpet with my big, black American hat and Justin Boots and representin’ my culture and heritage, but I’m not gonna be able to do that. … But it’s no offense to anybody, anything. It’s just my beliefs. … I just don’t believe in that stuff … Whatever.”
Smith concluded, “Thank you all, y’all, enjoy watching the show anyway, and maybe next year and [I’ll] get down on that red carpet … God bless.”
You can watch the video below:
Yellowstone Star Forrie Smith Speaks Out Against Mandates youtu.be
Deadline said Smith is nominated for a SAG award as part of the “Yellowstone” ensemble cast, which includes Kevin Costner, Cole Hauser, Will Patton, Piper Perabo, Wes Bentley, and Luke Grimes.
Smith plays senior ranch hand Lloyd Pierce, the outlet said, adding that he was promoted to a series regular in Season 3.
According to Wide Open Country, Smith is one of the “real cowboys” that “Yellowstone” hired. After Smith fell off a horse as youngster, the outlet said he told his parents he wanted to become a stunt man — and that growing up in Helena, Montana, afforded him the chance to learn rodeo starting at age 8 and how to ride horses. Smith eventually became a stunt man for the screen and moved on to acting.
Here’s a look at his “Yellowstone” character. (Content warning: Language):
Life According to Lloyd | Yellowstone | Paramount Network youtu.be