Nicolas Cage, Alec Baldwin and the Need for Gun Skills of a Star

Without directly naming Alec Baldwin, Nicolas Cage recently offered some strong thoughts on the shooting of cinematographer Halyana Hutchins, saying that movie stars should know how to use guns safely because it ” Job Profile”.

Alec Baldwin talks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe, NM, when he is questioned about a shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” on the outskirts of Santa Fe, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Baldwin fired a prop gun on set, killing cinematographer Halina Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, officials said. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via The Associated Press)

Cage offered his thoughts on the October 21 fatal shooting of Hutchins on the set of the Western film “Rust” during a recent discussion with other male stars. For The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actors Roundtable.

Baldwin, 63, was rehearsing a scene and was handling a long Colt 45 revolver when the gun went off, firing a live round that killed Hutchins. The ’30 Rock’ star called the death a tragic accident and controversially denied pulling the trigger. Investigators are trying to figure out how the gun was fired and how the live round happened when only dummy rounds were used on the New Mexico set.

Writer Rebecca Keegan asked 58-year-old Cage and other actors on the issue of guns on Hollywood sets: “People are talking more about safety in the industry now because of the tragedy at ‘Rust’. Should there be guns on set or No, there is some discussion about this. What do you think?”

While Peter Dinklage and Andrew Garfield both said that such tragedies should never happen, Cage hinted more, saying it is part of a movie star’s job to know how to use a gun safely. be used, especially given that figures of firearms violence are so prominent in American film and TV shows.

The Oscar winner, who is currently starring in the acclaimed film “Pig”, noted carefully that he didn’t want to “put the blame anywhere”, and in particular “wasn’t talking about anyone”. However, his comments seemed directed towards a particular “movie star”.

“People don’t like the word movie star,” Cage began. “We want to be humble actors. But a movie star is a different kind of performance because you need to know how to ride a horse. You have to know how to fight. You’re going to do fight scenes. You need to know how to ride a motorcycle. You need to know how to use a stick shift and drive a sports car, and you need to know how to use a gun You do. You need to take the time to know what the process is. They are part of the job profile.

“Now, stunt man and movie star are two jobs that coexist,” Cage continued. “Every stunt man needs to be a movie star, and every movie star needs to be a stunt man. It’s just a part of the profile, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Baldwin’s life has been turned upside down since Hutchins’ death. She, along with the film’s assistant director Dave Hall and the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid, is the focus of a criminal investigation.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on December 2, Baldwin stated that he was trained to rely on specially trained crew members to safely prepare and load the guns used for the scenes. it was done.

While preparing to rehearse a scene on the New Mexico set of “Rust”, Baldwin said that Hall told him the gun was “cold”, meaning it had no live rounds and was safe to use. . He also said that he was following Hutchins’ instruction when he pointed the gun.

Baldwin furthermore said that he began to fire the gun and dropped the hammer, but “I never pulled the trigger.”

According to a new analysis by the Washington Post, Baldwin’s claim — that the gun somehow fired by itself — is disputed by many gun experts. The Washington Post reported that experts increasingly say that the scenario Baldwin described makes no sense, unless there was a serious mechanical defect with the gun—which should have been apparent before it was used.