Dwayne Johnson says he’ll not use actual weapons on his firm’s units following the ‘Rust’ tragedy

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US actor Dwayne Johnson attends the world premiere of Netflix's

Dwayne Johnson attends the world premiere of Netflix’s Red Notice in Los Angeles (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP by way of Getty Images)

In the aftermath of the loss of life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, Red Notice star Dwayne Johnson has develop into the newest Hollywood energy participant to place the usage of actual firearms on movie and TV units on discover. Speaking with Variety on the premiere of his upcoming Netflix blockbuster motion movie, the actor and producer behind such firepower-heavy movies as Skyscraper and Rampage vowed that rubber weapons could be the rule going ahead for all the tasks made underneath his Seven Bucks Productions banner. 

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“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie that we have moving forward with Seven Bucks Productions — any movie, any television show, or anything we do or produce — we won’t use real guns at all,” Johnson informed Variety, referencing the truth that visible results artists can replicate gunshots in post-production. “We’re going to switch over to rubber guns, and we’re going to take care of it in post. We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs.” 

Johnson plays an FBI agent in the new Netflix action film, Red Notice. The actor has vowed to only use rubber guns on his sets going forward. (Photo: Frank Masi / © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection)

Johnson performs an FBI agent within the new Netflix motion movie, Red Notice. The actor has vowed to solely use rubber weapons on his units going ahead. (Photo: Frank Masi / © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection)

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Johnson additionally stated that he was “heartbroken” by the chain of occasions that occurred on the Rust set, which culminated within the movie’s producer and star, Alec Baldwin, firing the shot that resulted in Hutchins’s loss of life. “We lost a life. My heart goes out to her family and everybody on set. I’ve known Alec, too, for a very long time.” 

“I love the movie business,” the actor continued. “There are safety protocols and measures that we have always taken in the movie business and we take very seriously, and these sets are safe sets, and we’re proud of that. But accidents do happen. And when something like this happens of this magnitude, [that is] this heartbreaking, I think the most prudent thing and the smartest thing to do is just pause for a second and really re-examine how you’re going to move forward and how we’re going to work together. Any movie we do that Seven Bucks does with any studio, the rule is we’re not going to use real guns. That’s it.” 

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Johnson’s determination to ban actual weapons from his units follows related decisions made by The Rookie showrunner, Alexi Hawley, and Eric Kripke, who oversees the streaming superhero collection The Boys. Meanwhile, over 200 members of the American Society of Cinematographers — together with Emmy-winner Reed Morano and Oscar-nominee Bradford Young — have signed an open letter calling for a ban on useful firearms on film and TV units, and vowing to not work on units the place they’re nonetheless used. 

“We vow to no longer put ourselves and our crew in these unnecessarily lethal situations,” the letter reads. “We have safe alternatives in VFX and non-functional firearms. We won’t sit back and wait for the industry to change. We have a duty to [affect] change within the industry ourselves. Halyna Hutchins was a spirited artist who we know would take action if this tragedy happened to a member of her cinematography community. Please honor her by signing the vow alongside us and by spreading her name.” 

Red Notice premieres Nov. 5 in theaters and Nov. 12 on Netflix


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