Nicolas Cage commented on the deadly shooting of “Rust” and shared his thoughts on an actor’s responsibility to be responsible with firearms on film sets.
The death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the indie-western film in New Mexico sparked a debate in Hollywood about whether real guns have any place in a movie set in a time when fake guns are so easy to use. and add things like muzzle. flare in post production.
Cage appeared at a panel discussion with fellow actors Peter Dinklage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors and Simon Rex for The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week. At one point, the moderator mentioned the tragic accident and asked the panel where they landed in the debate on firearms on film sets. It was then that Cage explained that he believes it is the responsibility of an actor to be educated in the use of weapons as part of his trade.
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“I don’t want to blame anywhere, but I think, and I’m not talking about anyone, but people don’t like the word movie star. We want to be humble actors. But a movie star is a bit of a different presentation. because you have to know how to ride a horse, “he explained.” You need to know how to fight. You are going to do fight scenes. You need to know how to drive a motorcycle. You need to know how to use a gear stick and drive sports cars, and you need to know how to use a gun. You do it. You must take the time to know what the procedure is. Those are part of the job profiles. “
He went on to point out that there is a place in production for specialists to take over and handle the really dangerous things that require outside expertise.
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“Now, the stuntman and the movie star are two jobs that coexist, coexist,” he concluded. “Every stuntman should be a movie star and every movie star should be a stuntman. That’s just part of the profile … And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Alec Baldwin was holding an actual pistol on the set of “Rust” that he was led to believe was loaded with idle rounds. While preparing a scene with Hutchins and director Joel Souza, Baldwin drew the gun and reportedly raised the hammer, causing it to go off and fire a live round that should never have been on the set of the film in first place. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin noted that he had worked with firearms on countless movie sets in the past and felt he knew how to handle them.
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When he finished speaking, Majors congratulated Cage for making his point about actors and stunts so eloquently and agreed with the sentiment himself.
Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Cyrano” star Dinklage noted that there is an industry responsibility to make sure something like this never happens again.
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“It can be avoided because you look at what you can do with movies,” Dinklage explained. “You know that also calls into question, are there too many guns in the movies? We’ve all had guns in the movies, probably, and I always think about being anti-gun, but the character isn’t. That’s a very complicated thing to do. But that made it very clear that there has to be a change, like, now. One hundred percent. “