The Rock is cooking up a new approach to guns on movie sets after Rust tragedy

Los Angeles, California - After the tragic shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie Rust, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson won’t be messing with any real guns moving forward – at least not when he’s working.

The Rock is rarely seen without a firearm in his movies, but he won't be messing with the real thing on set.
The Rock is rarely seen without a firearm in his movies, but he won't be messing with the real thing on set.  © IMAGO / Everett Collection

"Any movie... that Seven Bucks does with any studio, the rule is we’re not going to use real guns. That’s it," the actor told Variety at the Wednesday premiere of his new big-budget heist film, Red Notice. Johnson was talking about his company Seven Bucks Productions.

Costs, he said, won’t be an issue.

"We’re going to switch over to rubber guns, and we’re going to take care of it in post [production]," he said. "We’re not going to worry about the dollars, we won’t worry about what it costs."

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Johnson’s pledge comes in the wake of Halyna Hutchins’ October 21 death. The cinematographer was pronounced dead at a New Mexico hospital after being shot during a rehearsal on the low-budget movie Rust.

An investigation is focusing on how a live round or rounds made it onto the movie set and into the gun that was handed to star Alec Baldwin, who discharged the weapon.

Efforts to ban live ammunition on set gathering pace

Dwayne Johnson (r.) with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds at the world premiere of Red Notice.
Dwayne Johnson (r.) with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds at the world premiere of Red Notice.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

Johnson said he was heartbroken over what happened. His company’s decision to leave real guns behind came several hours after he heard the news, he said.

"[W]hen something like this happens of this magnitude, [that is] this heartbreaking," he told Variety, "I think the most prudent thing and the smartest thing to do is just pause for a second and really reexamine how you’re going to move forward and how we’re going to work together."

Senator Dave Cortese, a Democrat from San Jose, said last month that he will introduce legislation seeking to ban live ammunition and firearms capable of shooting live ammunition from California movie sets and theatrical productions.

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Seven Bucks was founded in 2012 by Johnson and Dany Garcia, his manager and ex-wife. It has been involved with Johnson films including Baywatch. Jungle Cruise, Skyscraper, Rampage, and installations in the Fast & Furious and Jumanji franchises.

Nine of Johnson’s 10 highest-earning films – including five Fast & Furious installments as well as two Jumanji movies, the animated Moana, San Andreas, and The Mummy Returns – have incorporated firearms.

Red Notice, which also stars Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, is playing in limited release before it begins streaming November 12 on Netflix.

Cover photo: IMAGO / Everett Collection

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