Nov 4, 2021

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Pledges Gun Ban on All Future Film Sets

Dwayne Johnson has come out to publicly stand behind the moving tide of real gun bans on Hollywood movie sets. The actor-producer recently revealed he plans to stop using real guns on any future filming projects.

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In Dwayne Johnson’s new film Red Notice, he stars alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds as they tackle a high profile action film about an art thief. Red Notice, which launches on Netflix Nov.12, followed very careful safety protocols on-set, as most productions do. But after the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on Alec Baldwin’s film Rust, Johnson is pledging to stop using real firearms on all projects that are produced by his company, Seven Bucks Productions.

Of the tragedy Johnson spoke a bit to Variety about it, “First of all, I was heartbroken,” he said at Wednesday night’s premiere of Red Notice in Los Angeles. “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.” Dwayne Johnson, who has to handle firearms in Red Notice, says he will only use rubber guns on his sets, and will enforce that rule with any studio he is working with moving forward.

“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. I love the movie business,” Johnson 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. 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,” he continued.

Dwayne Johnson’s endorsement to end the use of real firearms can kick-off a domino effect of safe decision-making across Hollywood productions.