During a recent interview, Matthew McConaughey states that sets may use guns safely and are able to prevent incidents, like “Rust” from happening. “There’s a safety protocol. And if it’s followed, it can be safe on set,” McConaughey explains. He also describes what happened on the “Rust” set as a horrible accident path that could easily not have happened. “I’ve been on many sets where I’m dealing with firearms. There is an understood protocol.”
Although he did not directly criticize Baldwin for the “Rust” set incident, Matthew McConaughey stated he would personally try to always take even more steps as an actor using a gun to check the weapon himself. “You hear ‘cold’ – now I want a visual. If you and I are in a scene together, I need to give you visual. If it’s a six-shooter, do you see light through all six holes? Let me look you in the eye, you confirm, and you yell it out, ‘cold.’”
Matthew McConaughey goes on to add that no one can over-confirm if a gun is cold. “What do I think about that? I think you should follow protocol. And it should be non-negotiable.”
The Incident that Occurred on the Set of ‘Rust’
As previously reported, a prop gun misfired on the set of “Rust.” The incident left director of photography Halyna Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza wounded. Alec Baldwin reportedly was the one who shot the firearm.
Baldwin issued a statement on Twitter where he wrote that there were no words to convey his shock and sadness regarding the accident. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred,” Baldwin wrote. He also wrote that he is in touch with Hutchins’ husband and he is offering support to her family. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Days after the incident, a petition was launched on Change.org to ban the use of real firearms on movie sets. “We need to make that this avoidable tragedy never happens again,” the petition reads. “There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century.”
The petition also states that real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. “This isn’t the early 90’s when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost.”
More than 80,000 people have signed the petition so far. The petition also seeks to help improve working conditions for production teams in both Hollywood and Independent Features.