The Rookie bans ‘live’ guns on set
"All gunfire on set will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post," says US showrunner.
Following the tragic shooting on the set of the film Rust, police procedural The Rookie has banned “live” guns on set.
Showrunner Alexi Hawley announced the new policy in a memo to staff on Friday.
“As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire on set will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post,” Hawley wrote. “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.”
Airsoft guns are replica toy guns used in airsoft sports.
The US entertainment industry is reeling following the tragic incident on the New Mexico set. Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured when a prop gun held by Baldwin discharged.
Baldwin spoke out for the first time today following the shooting, saying “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness” over the tragedy. Baldwin is cooperating in the investigation by Santa Fe officials. No charges have been filed.
The Rookie stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department and screens in Australia on Seven.
Meanwhile sources on Rust have told the LA Times that vital safety protocols, including regular gun inspections, were not strictly followed, and at least one camera operator working alongside Hutchins alleges there had been two accidental prop gun discharges on the set days earlier.
“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member told the newspaper. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”