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According to Variety, Dwayne Johnson’s production firm Seven Bucks Productions will never longer utilize real guns on any of its projects in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set.
“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,” Johnson told the publication during the opening of “Red Notice,” his new Netflix spy thriller.
“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,” Johnson added.
The former WWE wrestler declared that in the future, all of his productions would use “rubber guns” and will “take care” of visual effects in post-production.
“We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs,” he stated.
Johnson later said that within hours of learning of Hutchins’s death, he and the Seven Bucks Productions crew discussed safety measures they would use on set.
“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,” he added.
“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’s Seven Bucks Productions, which he co-founded with his ex-wife and longtime business partner Dany Garcia, has produced several of the actor’s high-profile projects, including 2017’s Baywatch, 2018’s Rampage, and Hobbs and Shaw, a Fast and Furious spin-off.
Johnson is one of the first A-List Hollywood producers to speak out about the safety measures he and his colleagues are implementing after the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust.”
Deadline reported earlier this week that Matthew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, retained the Los Angeles-based law firm Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Over 100 world leaders gathered this week in Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, to debate nature protection and strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
According to CNN, more than 100 countries agreed on the summit’s first day to halt deforestation by 2030. The countries that comprise more than 85 percent of the world’s forests include Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia, and Congo. India, in particular, has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.
US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his government would adopt new measures to curb methane emissions from oil and gas operations.
“This isn’t just something we have to do to protect the environment and future,” Biden stated during the meeting. “It’s an enormous opportunity for all of us, all of our nations, to create jobs and make many climate goals a core part of recovery as well.”
John Kerry, who is now President Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate, told NBC News that 100 other countries will join the United States and European Union in reducing methane emissions by 30% by 2030.
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and the world’s second-richest person spoke at the conference on Tuesday and pledged $2 billion to nature protection and food system transformation.
“Amazon aims to power all its operations by renewable energies by 2025,” Bezos told the New York Times.
Bezos, who also owns the Blue Origin aerospace company, recently traveled to the edge of space on one of his ships. He made reference to the flight during his summit speech.
“I was told that seeing the Earth from space changes the lens through which you view the world,” Bezos stated. “But I was not prepared for just how much that was true.”
“In too many parts of the world, nature is already flipping from carbon sink to a carbon source,” he continued.
Bezos pledged $10 billion to combat climate change in early 2020 through his Bezos Earth Fund, which he says would provide funding to academics and groups striving to avert the effects of rising temperatures.