Following the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, there have been debates as to whether film productions should be using real guns as movie props.
Now, in an interview with Variety at the premiere of his new Netflix action film Red Notice, Dwayne Johnson promised that all future projects that are produced by his company, Seven Bucks Productions, will only be using rubber guns.
“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 continued: “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.”