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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says he won’t use real guns on set after ‘Rust’ shooting

Johnson said his company won’t use real guns as a reaction the ‘Rust’ movie shooting

Cast member Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Red Notice.’
Cast member Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Red Notice” at L.A. Live on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Johnson has said he won’t use real guns in future movie sets.
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson said Wednesday his production company won’t use real guns on set as a reaction to the “Rust” set shooting involving actor Alec Baldwin.

Johnson told Variety that he will only use rubber guns on set in the future. He said he will pressure studios he works with to adopt the same measure.

  • “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 told Variety.
  • “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 said he takes proper protocols with guns on set. But, he added, “accidents do happen,” according to People magazine.

  • “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,” he said.

The shooting on the set of “Rust” has shaken Hollywood in recent weeks. During filming, Baldwin discharged a firearm he was told was unloaded. But a projectile from the gun killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

  • Baldwin later expressed his regret in a tweet: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”