The fatal shooting on Rust’s set last month served as a warning about the dangers of using real guns for movies. As such, Dwayne Johnson recently announced his movies will no longer use them on the set.
Speaking to Variety, Dwayne Johnson spoke about his sorrow concerning the incident and confirmed his movies were done using real guns.”I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie that we have moving forward with Seven Bucks Productions (his production company) — any movie, any television show, or anything we do or produce — we won’t use real guns at all,” he told the outlet.
Johnson also says they’re going to use rubber guns without any regard to cost. Additionally, he voices concern for the industry and the need to take safety seriously. “I love the movie business,” Johnson said. “There are safety protocols and measures that we have always taken in the movie business and we take very seriously, and these sets are safe sets, and we’re proud of that.”
Continuing, he says “But accidents do happen. And when something like this happens of this magnitude, [that is] this heartbreaking, I think the most prudent thing and the smartest thing to do is just pause for a second and really re-examine how you’re going to move forward and how we’re going to work together.”
Telling Variety his heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins’ family, he notes being heartbroken. Halyna Hutchins was the cinematographer on Rust that tragically died.
Alec Baldwin Calls Halyna Hutchins a ‘Friend’ After Fatal ‘Rust’ Incident
In a statement TMZ received, Baldwin spoke of Halyna as a “friend,” and talked about their professional relationship. “She was my friend, she was my friend,” Baldwin said. “The day I arrived in Sante Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner with Joel [Souza], the director. We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together, and then this horrible event happened.”
Further, Baldwin is staying in touch with Halyna’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their 9-year-old son, Andros. “We are in constant contact with him because we’re very worried about his family and his kid,” Baldwin told the outlet.
Unsurprisingly, Baldwin also wants safer movie sets. “I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” he said. “That’s not for me to decide. It’s urgent that you understand I’m not an expert in this field. So, whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets. I’m all in favor of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can.”