Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the Hollywood powerhouse known for his roles in blockbusters such as the Fast and Furious franchise and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, has made a bold statement regarding the use of real guns on film sets.

In the wake of the tragic accident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s upcoming film Rust, which resulted in the death of a cinematographer, Johnson has pledged that his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, will no longer use real firearms in any of its productions.

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In an emotionally charged interview with Variety, The Rock expressed his heartbreak over the incident and his solidarity with the victim’s family and the entire film crew. He stated:

“First of all, I was heartbroken. 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.”

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But Johnson didn’t just stop at expressing his condolences; he took action. The actor and producer pledged that any movie, television show, or production associated with Seven Bucks Productions would not use real guns. Instead, they would opt for rubber guns and post-production effects, regardless of the cost. This bold move, though costly, shows Johnson’s dedication to ensuring the safety of all cast and crew members on set. This inevitably sets a new standard for the industry to follow.

“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you that any movie, television show or anything we do or produce with Seven Bucks Productions, 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 won’t worry about the dollars or costs, safety is our top priority.”

Dwayne Johnson in action
Dwayne Johnson in action

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Dwayne Johnson immediately got on the phone with his team to discuss what changes needed to be made to ensure safety moving forward. This is so that this kind of accident doesn’t happen again and that safety protocols are always in place.

The Rock Takes Immediate Action

The former WWE superstar acknowledged that accidents can happen on sets and that safety protocols and measures are already in place in the movie industry. However, in light of the recent tragic incident, he believes it’s important to re-examine how the industry moves forward. This, in return, could hopefully ensure that measures are taken to guarantee the safety of cast and crew members.

“I love the movie business. 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. 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. 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.”

Dwayne Johnson at Red Notice Premiere
Dwayne Johnson at Red Notice Premiere

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Despite the calls for change, many in the industry quickly point out that the movie business has always been dangerous. Stunt performers have been taking risks on set for decades, and accidents like this are unfortunately not uncommon. Nevertheless, efforts to improve safety should be not ignored.

The incident on the set is a tragic reminder that the movie business is not without risk. It’s time for the industry to come together and take meaningful steps to protect the safety of performers and prevent accidents like this from happening again. The industry will continue to move forward, hoping this accident will be a turning point for the better.

Source: Variety

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