Alec Baldwin accidentally shot a prop gun he was told was safe, and it took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Now other productions are taking measures to make sure that never happens on their set.
ABC’s cop drama The Rookie is now banning live weapons on set. This is an edict that went into effect immediately. The Rookie showrunner Alexi Hawley “led the charge” for this ban according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Rookie has shot for two seasons without any accident, and those are very rare indeed. Still, Hollywood has a couple stories, including Brandon Lee who lost his life on the set of The Crow, where a prop gun was fatal.
“As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire on set will be with Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post,” Hawley wrote in the memo. “There will be no more ‘live’ weapons on the show. The safety of our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk.”
Air soft guns are like BB guns, and that is all they will have around. They are not going to take risks, no matter how it might change the production.
No charges have been pressed against anyone involved in Hutchins’ tragic death. She was working on Alec Baldwin’s film Rust when the fatal accident in New Mexico occured.
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