Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Vows to No Longer Use Real Guns on Set

The actor's pledge follows the recent tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of 'Rust'

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 4, 2021

Actor, wrestler and muscle-haver Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has taken a pledge to cease the use of real firearms on the sets of his productions.

The decision comes in the aftermath of Alec Baldwin's discharged prop gun killing Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while filming in New Mexico two weeks ago on October 21.

All projects produced by Johnson's company, Seven Bucks Productions, are now to stop using real firearms and only rubber guns will be allowed on set — and the actor intends to enforce these standards with any studio he's working with.

Speaking to Variety at the premiere of his latest Netflix film Red Notice, Johnson commented on the Rust tragedy.

"First of all, I was heartbroken," he 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 actor added: "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."

In terms of going forth in making his signature high-octane action movies with enhanced safety measures, 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.

He co-founded Seven Bucks alongside longtime business partner Dany Garcia. The company has been behind some of the star's recent bankable features like Jumanji and Jungle Cruise.

As a huge marquee name, Johnson's move to ban real firearms from his productions sets an important precedent for the industry. Read Exclaim!'s review of Red Notice — a perfect 7/10 movie.

Baldwin issued a statement about the fatal prop gun accident, which also injured Rust director Joel Souza.

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