MOVIE NEWS – “A life was lost,” mourned Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock,” whose production company will only use plastic props in the future.
American star Dwayne Johnson, nicknamed “The Rock,” has pledged to stop using real guns when shooting his films, after the death of filmmaker Halyna Hutchins, killed by an accidental shooting by actor Alec Baldwin in late October. Johnson said he was “devastated” by the news of the cinematographer’s death on the set of the western Rust. The tragedy is causing him to re-evaluate the use of firearms in feature films made by his production company Seven Bucks Productions; he told trade magazine Variety.
“A life has been lost,” mourned the 49-year-old star, one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. “I can only speak for myself, but I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that on every film we’re going to work on with Seven Bucks Productions – any film, or TV series, or anything else we produce – we will no longer be using live ammunition at all,” said The Rock. The production company will now use plastic weapons, and the necessary special effects will be done in post-production. “We’re not worried about the cost,” added Dwayne Johnson.
Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a live bullet. He was given a gun and presented as harmless, fatally wounded Halyna Hutchins on October 21 and ended up in the shoulder of the film’s director, Joel Souza. Dwayne Johnson, a longtime friend of Alec Baldwin, also advocated for new protocols and safety measures in the film industry. “It’s terrible that it took this to happen for it to click,” he concluded.