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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order until further notice. It’s also now the law in Los Angeles to wear masks and stay six-feet apart from each other when leaving their homes. Josh Brolin takes residence in California with his father (actor James Brolin) living next door to him. During the stay at home order, he shared a photo of his family visiting his father and stepmother Barbara Streisand.
My father lives next door to us and we had a plan to go see them and not be near them and that plan was broken and that is our responsibility. We were going to pick something up and show Bean the pool because we don't have a pool, and I think it was irresponsible. It's hard to be honest sometimes. It's hard to be honest and say, 'Maybe I screwed up. I knew that was in the air, not because of the responses, but the responses brought me back to my own truth. It's humbling as hell, because I know there are some people out there [with] no masks, no gloves, no interest in it, they think it's in your head, that you'll survive because of immunity that is created because of your own psychic weight. But, I know for me that's not the case, and we've been very responsible, and I apologize about that.
After Josh Brolin posted the video, comments on his social media were mostly supportive and positive, saying things like “Amazing accountability! Lots of celebs go online to talk about the importance of social distancing and then minutes later they are doing the opposite. Thank you!”
Josh Brolin isn’t the only actor to get into hot water over this issue. Earlier, Evangeline Lily made statements about not wanting to practice social distancing, but walked back those statements in a heart-felt apology on Instagram. She is now participating in social distancing in order to help flatten the curve.
To encourage social distancing and help out, many actors have taken to social media to motivate their fans, with directors like Rian Johsnon using their own movie posters to spread the message. Ryan Reynolds shared his a social distancing message on Twitter with a surprisingly poignant scene from Deadpool.
Josh Brolin, his father James Brolin and stepmother Baraba Streisand are now following the stay-at-home orders in California.