Dwayne Johnson will stop using real guns in his movies following Rust tragedy

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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson has said he will stop using real guns following the tragic shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.

Last month, star Alec Baldwin "discharged" a prop gun during production in New Mexico, which caused the death of Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. Production was subsequently halted, and investigations continue.

Speaking about the incident to Variety, Johnson responded: "First of all, I was heartbroken. 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."

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Photo credit: Mat Hayward - Getty Images

Going forward, the Red Notice star vowed not to use real firearms while making movies produced by his company Seven Bucks Productions, instead working with rubber guns and enforcing the rule on any production he is involved with.

"I can't speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, 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.

"We're going to switch over to rubber guns, and we're going to take care of it in post. We're not going to worry about the dollars; we won't worry about what it costs," Johnson said.

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Photo credit: JB Lacroix - Getty Images

The actor revealed that he was in touch with his team within hours of the news breaking to discuss the changes they could make.

"I love the movie business," he 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," Johnson reiterated.

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