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Dwayne Johnson won't use real guns on movie sets after 'Rust' tragedy

Dwayne Johnson attends the world premiere of Netflix's

Dwayne Johnson attends the world premiere of Netflix's "Red Notice" on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. Credit: Getty Images / Amy Sussman

Action star Dwayne Johnson says his production company will now use only non-firing rubber guns and add digital explosive effects afterward, citing the tragedy on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie "Rust" involving a prop firearm's unexpected live round that killed one person and wounded another.

"First of all, I was heartbroken when I read that," Johnson, 49, told Variety at Wednesday night's Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, "Red Notice." "It was the kind of story you read and you're, like, 'Wait, am I reading this … right? Did this really happen?' … We lost a life," he said of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot when "Rust" producer-star Baldwin fired a gun after assurance by the movie's armorer that he was given one without live rounds. "My heart goes out to her family and everybody on set," Johnson said.

Cautioning that, "I can't speak for other production companies or other studios," the star pledged of his own production company, "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," referring to postproduction, in which editing and other processes take place after principal photography ends.

"We're not going to worry about the dollars," he said of the added cost of CGI effects. "We won't worry about what it costs."

Johnson noted, "There are safety protocols and measures that we have always taken in the movie business that 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, this heartbreaking, I think the most prudent thing and the smartest thing to do is just pause for a second and really reexamine how you're going to move forward and how we're going to work together. So 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."

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