Actor Dwayne Johnson says no to real guns on set after Baldwin tragedy

FILE PHOTO: Premiere of the film
FILE PHOTO: Cast member and producer Dwayne Johnson attends the premiere for the film "Red Notice" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

November 4, 2021

By Omar Younis and Alan Devall

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he would not use real guns again in his movies after his friend and fellow actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico last month.

    Halyna Hutchins was killed on Oct. 21 https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/director-gutted-by-death-cinematographer-accidental-shooting-2021-10-23 by a bullet discharged from a gun Baldwin was using to rehearse a scene on the set of Western movie “Rust”.

Baldwin had been told by an assistant director that the gun was “cold”, an industry term meaning it is safe to use.

    Johnson, who was out in Los Angeles attending the world premiere of his new Netflix blockbuster “Red Notice” with co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, said his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, would “not use real guns ever again.” 

    “That was a terrible scenario that happened. I’ve known Alec (Baldwin) for many, many years. He’s a buddy of mine, and my heart goes out to the families of everybody who was involved,” he said.

“I can’t speak for other production companies, I can’t speak for other studios, but what I can tell you is this has created a new lens and a new perspective on how we can operate moving forward,” Johnson told Reuters.

The “Fast & Furious” star said from now on his production company would use rubber guns and that they would “take care of it in post (production) and we won’t worry about the dollars.”

    The shooting has reignited concern about the use of prop guns and safety on movie sets. Baldwin disputes https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/alec-baldwin-posts-crew-member-comments-disputing-chaotic-movie-set-2021-11-03 allegations that the production of “Rust” was unsafe and chaotic.

    “Red Notice,” which sees Johnson team up with Reynolds and Gadot for an action-packed heist caper, streams on Netflix from Nov. 12.

(Reporting by Omar Younis and Alan Devall; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)