Angelina Jolie, Dwayne Johnson and Jeffrey Wright are just a few of the stars who have spoken out about the importance of gun safety on set. (Photo: Getty Images / Gallo Images)
Angelina Jolie has spoken candidly about her experience with gun safety in Hollywood following the recent devastating incident which saw veteran actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shoot and kill cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
According to the award-winning star, she is still “very careful” on set. “The way I worked or checked when directing, there are certain procedures. You have to take it very seriously, ”she told the LA Times.
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The 46-year-old – who has starred in action films such as Lara Croft, Mr and Mrs Smith and Wanted – also expressed deep sympathy to Halyna’s family for their great loss.
“I can’t imagine what these families are going through. Right now, the heartache and tragedy of this accident is quite overwhelming, ”she said.
Angelina isn’t the only star to reflect on the shocking crash. One of Hollywood’s renowned action stars, Dwayne Johnson, recently announced a new trigger protocol for firearms. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without a lack of clarity here, that in any movies we have in the future, we won’t be using real guns at all,” he said. the star told Variety.
The 49-year-old says he is heartbroken over Halyna’s death. “We lost a life. My thoughts are with his family and everyone on set. I have known Alec for a very long time as well.
That’s why in the future any production company or studio he works with will only use rubber guns. “We’re going to move on to the rubber guns, and we’ll deal with that afterwards,” he adds, referring to the sound effects added later.
Rubber pistols are non-firing props that will still have the same special effects and sound that are typically added in post-production compared to prop pistols that use blank cartridges.
While propeller pistols are a replica of live ammunition, shell casings are loaded with gunpowder which excludes a bullet which is instead replaced by cotton or paper batting.
The discharge from a propeller pistol usually mimics the sound of a real pistol and burning gunpowder causes muzzle flash – if fired at close range, a propeller pistol can cause injury or death .
That’s why the Red Notice star has banned all use of weapons on set.
“We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t care what it costs, ”Dwayne says.
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Emmy Award-winning Jeffrey Wright was working with a gun on the set of the upcoming movie The Batman when the news broke.
“We were all pretty shocked. And that influenced what we did from there on, ”he says.
According to the 55-year-old, “I don’t remember ever being handed a weapon that was not cleared in front of me – ie room open, barrel shown to me , the light flashed inside the barrel to make sure it was clear, “he explains.
Simply situate the tragedy as “a badly managed whole”.
The tragic accident scared off many A-listers who often use guns on set, such as The Umbrella Academy actor Justin Min, who is currently filming Detained, an upcoming thriller.
“It has been a very dark time,” he says.
“After that – I mean we’ve obviously been careful already, but that’s just another level of precaution.”
An investigation is still ongoing following the events that took place on the set of Rust and Alec is cooperating with authorities.
Source: The Times, LA Times, Page Six, CNBC, NPR