At least one television producer has said he will no longer allow the use of real guns as props on his set after the filming tragedy involving actor Alec Baldwin, when some greats in film had already banned the “practice. archaic ”.
“Any risk is too much risk,” Alexi Hawley, executive producer of “The Rookie” on ABC TV wrote Friday in a note to the police drama crew, while announcing that “there would be no more. weapons’ live ‘in the series’.
Craig Zobel, who directed Kate Winslet’s drama film “Mare of Easttown”, added on Twitter, “There is no longer any reason to have blank loaded guns or anything on the set.”
“It should just be totally banned,” he said. “There are computers now. The shots on ‘Mare of Easttown’ are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It is an unnecessary risk.
The comments came after Thursday’s tragedy on the set of “The Rust” in New Mexico, when Baldwin inadvertently received a gun with a real cartridge instead of a blank. He fired the gun and the shot hit and killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
As a rule, real pistols loaded with blanks are used in Hollywood movies.
Bill Dill, one of the top cinematographers who mentored Hutchins, rebuked the “archaic practice of using real guns with blanks” instead of “cheap infographics,” as Zobel suggests.
“There is no excuse for using real weapons,” said Dill, whose work includes the films “The Five Heartbeats” and “Dancing in September”.
The tragic shooting in New Mexico sparked a petition on change.org calling for a ban on live weapons on set – with nearly 16,000 signatures as of noon Sunday.
“We need to make sure this preventable tragedy never happens again,” the petition reads. “There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. “
The petition calls on Baldwin “to use his power and influence” to push the ban and urges the industry to push for a proposed “Halyna’s Law,” which would make it illegal to use real guns on guns. moving trays.
Baldwin’s niece, Hailey Baldwin, said her 63-year-old uncle was “heartbroken” by the fatal accident, calling the incident “truly unimaginable”.
A similar tragedy claimed the life of actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, while filming “The Crow” in 1993.
With post wires