Filming on Emile Hirsch's new movie THE DARKEST HOUR has been halted as wildfires continue to sweep through Russia.
Blazes have been raging across the country's forested areas since the beginning of the month (Aug10) due to an unprecedented heatwave, and movie bosses have decided to call off a planned shoot, which was scheduled for this week (begs09Aug10).
Production of the alien thriller has been axed for at least the next two weeks in the hope the fires will settle down - but Hirsch is worried about the residents of Moscow.
In a piece for The Huffington Post, he writes, "As of now, the average mortality rate in Moscow has doubled from its average to 700 per day. As if the sweltering, oppressive roast of the heat wasn't enough, enter the fires. All across Russia fires have been ignited in peat bogs, or underground marshes.
"With hundreds springing up per day across Russia - some of them even as close as forty kilometres outside Moscow - the country is under the merciless siege of a natural disaster.
"Most of the 16 million people of Moscow and the countryside surrounding it can't simply be generously put on a jet like me by a powerful corporation and flown across the world to a home of safety and fresh air.
"Most of the people will have to stay... May we in return have them stay in our thoughts and hearts through this disaster. And let us not forget what we may all be partially responsible for - the accelerated climate change of our fragile planet."