Dwayne Johnson has pledged to stop using real guns in his movies following the accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Johnson has made the move following the tragic death Hutchins on the Alec Baldwin film Rust and will no longer use real firearms on projects from his Seven Bucks Productions company.
“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie 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,” he told Variety at the premiere of his new action comedy film Red Notice.
“We’re going to switch over the rubber guns, and we’re going to take care of it in the post. We’re not going to worry about the dollars, we won’t worry about what it costs.”
The action star explained that he was left “heartbroken” following the tragedy last month when Baldwin accidentally fatally shot Hutchins on the set of the Western in New Mexico.
“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.”
The former WWE star recalled how he was quickly on the phone with his team following the incident to discuss what needed to be done to make his productions safer going forward.
“I love the movie business. There are safety protocols and measures that we have always taken in the movie business and we take that very seriously, and these sets are safe sets, and we’re proud of that,” he said.
“But accidents do happen. And when something like this happens of this magnitude, 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.”
Johnson’s comments come after Angelina Jolie also spoke out about the shooting.
The 46-year-old star weighed in on the tragic incident, stating that “certain procedures” have to be taken “very seriously”.
“I can’t imagine what these families are going through. At this moment, the grief and the tragedy of that accident is quite overwhelming,” she said.
“I’ve always been very careful because I’ve had to work with guns a lot. The way I’ve worked or checked when I’m directing, there are certain procedures. You have to take it very seriously.”
It comes as reports surface that Hutchins’ husband has hired LA-based firm Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, which specialises in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
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