‘The Rock’ vows to stop using real guns on film sets.
Actor and wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said his production company will no longer use real weapons on film sets after a fatal shooting in New Mexico.
Hollywood protocols are rapidly changing when it comes to scenes involving guns and violence after a shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
The two were shot when an assistant principal allegedly unknowingly handed Baldwin a loaded gun and told the actor it was safe to use. Baldwin reportedly pulled the trigger while filming a scene out west; the bullet killed Hutchins and wounded Souza, who was behind her.
Lawyers representing the gunsmith in the movie “Rust” said someone may have put a live bullet in the set of fake ammunition stash on purpose to “Sabotage” the set. No charges have been filed in the shooting.
“The Rock” has appeared in many shooting scenes in film and television, including his new Netflix movie, “Red Notice,” which just had its world premiere in Los Angeles.
After walking the red carpet Wednesday with co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, Johnson told Variety he was heartbroken over Hutchins’ death. He also announced a new policy for his own production company, “Seven Bucks.”
“In the future, in any Seven Bucks production, on television or film or otherwise, we will not use real weapons anymore,” he said. “We are going to use rubber pistols and we will take care of it in [post-production].”
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