Since a terrible accident on the set of the independent Western Rust involving a loaded weapon, the usage of guns in movies has been a hot subject in Hollywood. Alec Baldwin, the film’s lead, allegedly thought a pistol was empty during rehearsing a scene. When he fired the trigger, a bullet shot out of the barrel, hitting both the film’s director, Joel Souza, and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Souza was able to recuperate, while Hutchins died as a result of her injuries.
Police are still investigating what the weapon was loaded with and who is to blame, but many in the business are already demanding for dramatic revisions to film set safety laws. Some are pushing for working firearms to be removed from sets completely, to be replaced by props that cannot fire live ammunition, and Johnson appears to be joining them.
He told Variety at the Red Notice premiere 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.” He said his company will instead use “rubber guns” and computer effects.
“We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs,” he added.