Nicolas Cage says ‘movie stars’ need to be able to use a gun because it’s ‘part of the job’, in comments in response to fatal shooting on set of Rust.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died and director Joel Souza was injured on the set of the western film in October 2021, after a live bullet was discharged from a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal.
Police investigations into the incident are currently underway.
During a round table for The Hollywood Reporter along with fellow stars Peter Dinklage, Jonathan Majors and Andrew Garfield, Cage was asked if guns should be banned on film sets following the incident.
Cage said “movie stars” had to have certain skills that everyday actors might not need. “You have to know how to fight,” he said.
“You are going to do fight scenes. You have to know how to drive a motorcycle. You need to know how to use a shifter and drive sports cars, and you need to know how to use a gun. You do. You must take the time to learn the procedure. This is part of the job profiles.
Cage added that the roles of actors and stunt performers overlap. “The stuntman and the movie star are two professions that coexist,” he said. “Every stuntman has to be a movie star, and every movie star has to be a stuntman.”
The actor has used firearms in several of his film roles, including in 1997 Face/Off, 2009 Bad Lieutenant: Stopover in New Orleans, and his latest film The unbearable weight of massive talent.
Responding to the same question, Dinklage said, “This should never happen again. Anything we can do to get away from that, then we should. It is our responsibility.
Garfield added, “Yeah, that’s a bit of a no-brainer. If it can be avoided, avoid it.