Dwayne Johnson, also known as his wrestling pseudonym The Rock, often serves as an executive producer on his projects through his production company, Seven Bucks Productions.
After the tragic shooting on the set of “Rust,” Johnson said he is committed to changing practices in the industry and plans to uphold a no-gun rule, at least as far as his film and TV projects are concerned.
The heartbreaking accident claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza after actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun that contained a live round. The gun had been given to him by assistant director Dave Halls, who had told him that it was safe to use.
Although the investigation is still ongoing, Johnson wants to make sure that an accident cannot claim another life.
What is Dwayne Johnson Going To Do?
.@TheRock pledges to end the use of real guns on all Seven Bucks Productions sets, following the death of Halyna Hutchins: “We’re going to switch over to rubber guns. We’re going to take care of it in post. We’re not going to worry about the dollars.” https://t.co/M232HP48fJ pic.twitter.com/owKGyg18m0
— Variety (@Variety) November 4, 2021
In an exclusive interview with Variety promoting his new film “Red Notice,” Johnson revealed his plan to take guns out of his film sets.
He explained, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
“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,” he concluded.
What Is ‘Red Notice’ About?
Johnson does noticeably use guns in his upcoming 2021 film “Red Notice,” which also stars “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds and “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot. Reynolds is credited in the film as “world’s greatest con-man” whereas Gadot is credited as “world’s greatest art thief.” Johnson is credited simply as “John Hartley.”
The action-comedy is directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber and the synopsis simply reads, “An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.”
Although the film wrapped production before the fatal “Rust” shooting, Johnson explained that he has always been cognizant of using proper safety protocols on set, especially where firearms are concerned.ost wanted art thief.
“I love the movie business,” Johnson explained. “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 added. “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.”
“Red Notice” is set to debut on November 5, 2021.