Dwayne Johnson Says Alec Baldwin Shooting Changed His Perspective On Gun Usage In Films

Dwayne Johnson Says Alec Baldwin Shooting Changes His Perspective On Guns In Films

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  • Dwayne Johnson says the Alec Baldwin shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has changed his perspective on using guns in movies.
  • Johnson says all Seven Bucks Productions projects going forward will not use real guns, regardless of the additional cost in post-production.
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Despite Alec Baldwin appearing to dispute the claims and reports of production on the film Rust being unsafe, Dwayne Johnson says his company Seven Bucks Productions will be erring on the side of caution and no longer be using real guns on any of its projects going forward.

Baldwin reportedly fired what he was told was a “cold gun” – a gun without live rounds in it – and ended up killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding the film’s director Joel Souza.

That horrific accident was enough for The Rock to make changes in how his company will use guns in the future.

“First of all, I was heartbroken,” Johnson told Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of Red Notice on Wednesday. “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.”

Johnson continued, “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.

“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.”

The Rock added that shortly after news of the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins broke he contacted his production team to make sure changes were made with regard to the use of guns.

“I love the movie business,” said Johnson. “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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