Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson became the latest and biggest name in Hollywood to pledge not to use real guns in future productions following the murderous shoot of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin in a gun accident on the set of the film Rust in New Mexico last month.
Johnson, one of the world’s biggest action stars, said Variety his company Seven Bucks Productions would use rubber guns instead, with effects added during the post-production process.
The petition was started by the director Bandar Albuliwi, who described the level of unprofessionalism that led to the tragedy as “mind-boggling”.
Director Craig Zobel of the acclaimed miniseries Easttown mare tweeted that the use of real firearms is an âunnecessary riskâ.
On Tuesday, a group of prominent filmmakers (including those from Black Panther and Arrival) shared a letter calling for a ban on the use of “working firearms” in productions, writing that they “pledge not to let [Hutchinsâ]
death be vain.
It comes amid similar engagements from television showrunners for the crime drama The recruit with Nathan Fillion and the superhero series The boys.
“[W]when something like that happens of this magnitude, [that is] This heartbreaking, I think the safest and smartest thing to do is pause for a second and really reconsider how you’re going to move forward and how we’re going to work together, âJohnson said. Variety.
His decision “will likely trigger a domino effect of safe decision-making in Hollywood productions,” according to Variety. Hutchins, 42, died after Baldwin discharged a gun on set on October 21, hitting it and injuring director Joel Souza. There have since been reports of significant safety issues during production.
What to watch out for
A California Democrat is reportedly planning to introduce legislation restricting the use of live bullets on film sets. State Senator Dave Cortese’s bill would apply to “any type of weapon capable of firing gunpowder, which is used for real and blank bullets,” according to Deadline.
“Dwayne Johnson pledges to stop using real guns on his productions, following the rust tragedy (EXCLUSIVE)” (Variety)
“Husband of cinematographer killed by Alec Baldwin hires law firm specializing in wrongful death lawsuits” (New York Daily News)
“Rust Shooting: Ban Working Guns on Set, Cinematographers Say” (Hollywood journalist)
“California Lawmaker on Ammunition and Firearms Bill Following Alec Baldwin’s Set Shooting” (Deadline)
“ABC recruit bans guns ‘live’ on set” (Hollywood journalist)