Dwayne Johnson has pledged to stop using real guns in his movies.
The Rock has made the move following the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Alec Baldwin film Rust and will no longer use real firearms on projects from his Seven Bucks Productions company.
Speaking to Variety at the premiere of his new action comedy film Red Notice in Los Angeles, Johnson said: “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.”
The 49-year-old star continued: “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.”
Dwayne 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.
The Jumanji actor said: “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.
Dwayne explained: “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.
“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.”
The Hobbs & Shaw star added: “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.”