As a bonafide action star and former professional wrestler, everyone knows Dwayne Johnson knows how to bring the action. In real life though, he pledges to dial it back in the props department.
Johnson revealed to Variety that following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Alec Baldwin‘s film Rust, he is pledging to stop using real firearms on all projects that are produced by his company, Seven Bucks Productions.
“First of all, I was heartbroken,” Johnson shared. “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.”
Johnson, who has to handle firearms in “Red Notice,” says he promises to use rubber guns on his sets and will enforce that rule with any studio he is working with. “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,” Johnson committed.
“We’re going to switch over to rubber guns, and we’re going to take care of it in post,” he said. “We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs.”
What makes his pledge so important, you may be wondering? Well, Seven Buck Production, founded by Johnson and his longtime business partner Dany Garcia, is behind some of the most lucrative films in recent years, from Jumanji to Jungle Cruise, to Hobbs and Shaw and the upcoming Black Adam. Not only is Johnson one of the most famous celebrities on the planet, but he’s also one of the most respected figures in Hollywood.
In other words, Johnson’s endorsement to end the use of real firearms can kick off a domino effect of safe decision-making across Hollywood productions. Let’s hope other moviemakers follow suit for everyone’s safety.