As of May 1, the SAG began enforcing a rule that orders its 98,000 members not to work on a film, television show or theatrical production in Australia or any other country unless they have union-approved contracts and are offered U.S. pay rates, The Associated Press reports.
Pearce, who is a member of both the SAG and the Australian actor's union, said that while he is sympathetic to the SAG's viewpoint, he is concerned about the effect the rule will have on local productions.
"If it's purely an Australian film, and it's under the Australian union, then we should just work it in that regard. Ultimately, I think it's almost bullying behavior," he told AP.
According to the union's Web site, Global Rule One ensures that the protections of the Guild follow their performers wherever they may work.
Pearce's Australian film, The Hard Word, premiered in Sydney on Monday.