‘The Rookie’ Bans On-Set ‘Live’ Guns Following Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ Incident

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the devastating prop gun incident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s upcoming film Rust, ABC’s crime-fighting series The Rookie has reportedly banned on-set live guns. 

As previously reported, a prop gun misfire on the set of Rust caused the deadly accident at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The incident caused the death of Halyna Hutchins, the director of cinematography, and injury to the film’s director Joel Souza.

According to The Hollywood ReporterThe Rookie showrunner, Alexi Hawley, informed ABC executives that the production would no longer be using a quarter or half loads while filming. 

The media outlet also reported that The Rookie has primarily used CGI to portray muzzle flashes over the past two seasons. But the production occasionally used “live” weapons for “big, outside set pieces.”

Hawley’s statement to ABC reads, “The tragic events in New Mexico yesterday have shaken us all, and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza. As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire onset will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post. There will be no more ‘live’ weapons on the show. The safety [of] our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk. As always, if you ever feel unsafe or witness anything that concerns you, please don’t hesitate to report it.”

Nathan Fillion Opens Up About His Time on the Set of ‘The Rookie’

During a recent interview with ABC7 Chicago, The Rookie star Nathan Fillion opened up about working on the set of the hit series. “I used to hear from my knees every once in a while,” Fillion explained about his body handling all the show’s action scenes. “‘Hey just so you know, maybe two more takes and that’s it.’”

The Rookie lead also shared that if there’s a shot where his character running down the street as fast as he can, it’s probably not him. “It’s probably my double.”

In regards to when his The Rookie character, John Nolan will no longer be a rookie, Fillion revealed that as it stands the character is going to become a P2. “He has earned the respect and all the accolades that came along with that and the responsibilities. He’s made some mistakes. There are certain aspects of policing he’ll never be able to do because of those mistakes. But I think he’s going to find his own path. And a new path that he likes.”

The Rookie is currently on its fourth season. The show premiered on October 16, 2018, and now has 58 episodes. Starring alongside Fillion is Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin Jr., and Mercedes Mason.