Late October saw everyone shocked when it was reported that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had been shot by an actual loaded gun on the set of Rust, and is still reeling from the tragedy, action star Dwayne Johnson has decided to make a change with his Seven Bucks Productions.
Talking to Variety, Johnson commented on how the incident with Hutchins left him ‘heartbroken’ and he promised that moving forward, his production company will no longer be working with real guns. He says:
“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.”
While we don’t have any detailed specifics of how Johnson is going to pull that off, he did say, “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.”
can imagine that this will spark a lot of outrage in the industry—and maybe lose some jobs for professional gun handlers—but with Johnson being such a huge public figure, it will sure spark some discussion when it comes to gun safety—even when it’s just in the case of movie sets.
We don’t know when Johnson’s first gun-less movie is going to be, but you can catch him holding up some firearms in Netflix’s Red Notice.