BEIJING - A film producer has demanded that actors take drug tests before shooting begins, after a media watchdog banned stars who are involved with drugs or prostitution.
Chinese actors Liu Guanxiang and Luo Yunxi, who are shooting the comedy Guys And A Kid, posted physical examination charts showing the results of drug tests on microblogging site Sina Weibo on Tuesday, saying it is the first time such requirements have been ordered in their careers.
Producer Zhang Junhan said tests for all cast and crew members are required to prevent risks to investors.
"Millions are invested in a film and if actors are involved in illegal affairs, the investors take all the risks," Zhang told the Western China Metropolis Daily.
According to a clause in contracts signed by the actors, they must return double what they are paid for the film if found to be using drugs, he said.
The requirement for actors to be tested comes after China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television imposed bans on stars involved with drugs or prostitution last year, saying they set a bad example for the country's youth.
According to the regulation, celebrities who break the law should not be invited to appear in any film or TV series, and their work would be put on hold.
Many celebrities have been caught in China's anti-drug crackdown in recent months, including Chinese actor Wang Xuebing and Hong Kong star Jaycee Chan.