Nicholas Cage says movie stars ‘need to know how to use a gun’

Actors emphasize gun safety in the wake of the fatal shooting at the set of Alec Baldwin western, Rust, in October.

Nicolas Cage, 57, put his two cents on weapons in film while discussing his craft with other actors Andrew Garfield, Simon Rex, Jonathan Majors and Peter Dinklage for The Hollywood Reporters roundtable discussion.

The Face / Off star feels that it is the responsibility of ‘movie stars’ to know the correct procedures for handling real weapons while filming. “It’s part of the job profiles,” he said.

Weighing: Nicolas Cage, 57, put his two cents on arms in film while discussing his craft with fellow actors Andrew Garfield, Simon Rex, Jonathan Majors and Peter Dinklage for The Hollywood Reporters roundtable after the death shot on the set of Rust

Weighing: Nicolas Cage, 57, put his two cents on arms in film while discussing his craft with fellow actors Andrew Garfield, Simon Rex, Jonathan Majors and Peter Dinklage for The Hollywood Reporters roundtable after the death shot on the set of Rust

“I do not want to throw the blame anywhere,” Cage began as the roundtable discussion turned to the safety of the footage.

‘But I’m thinking and I’m not talking about anyone but people do not like the word movie star. We want to be humble actors, ‘he continued. ‘But a movie star is a slightly different presentation because you have to know how to ride a horse. You need to know how to fight. You have to make fight scenes. You need to know how to ride a motorcycle.

‘You need to know how to use a stick shift and drive sports cars, and you need to know how to use a gun. You do. You need to take the time to know what the procedure is. It’s part of the job profiles. ‘

Many actors have spoken out about their reluctance to use real guns with blanks on film footage after the incident on the set of Rust when the gun Alec Baldwin kept firing, shooting and killing film photographer Halyna Hutchins.

'You need to know how to use a stick shift and drive sports cars, and you need to know how to use a gun.  You do.  You need to take the time to know what the procedure is.  It's part of the job profiles. '

‘You need to know how to use a stick shift and drive sports cars, and you need to know how to use a gun. You do. You need to take the time to know what the procedure is. It’s part of the job profiles. ‘

“It must never happen again,” Peter Dinklage said of the incident. ‘Anything we can do to get away from it, then we should. That is our responsibility. ‘

Andrew Garfield added: ‘Yes, it’s a kind of no-brainer. If it can be avoided, then avoid it. ‘

Dinklage went on to argue that ‘there needs to be change now, 100 per cent’, but admitted that the situation is ‘a very complicated thing’.

Shortly after New Year, Baldwin reflected in a video of the unintentional killing of Hutchins.

Andrew Garfield added: 'Yes, it's a kind of no-brainer.  If it can be avoided, then avoid it. '

“It must never happen again,” Peter Dinklage said of the incident. ‘Anything we can do to get away from it, then we should. That is our responsibility. ‘ Andrew Garfield added: ‘Yes, it’s a kind of no-brainer. If it can be avoided, then avoid it. ‘

In a nearly 13-minute-long video posted on his Instagram on Sunday, he described Hutchins’ death as the ‘worst situation’ he had ever been involved in.

Baldwin fatally shot Hutchins, the cinematographer on his film Rust, during a rehearsal on October 21 last year.

Director Joel Souza was also injured from Baldwin’s plug gun, though he survived his injuries.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC, the actor claimed the gun went off while practicing his block for the scene, where Hutchins instructed him to point the gun toward the side of the camera in her direction.

Tragic: Many actors have spoken out about their reluctance to use real weapons with blanks on film footage after the incident on the set of Rust when the weapon Alec Baldwin kept firing and shooting and killing film photographer Halyna Hutchins

Tragic: Many actors have spoken out about their reluctance to use real weapons with blanks on film footage after the incident on the set of Rust when the weapon Alec Baldwin kept firing and shooting and killing film photographer Halyna Hutchins

‘And I hit the gun, I say,’ Can you see that? Can you see it? Can you see it?’ And she says … and then I release the gun’s hammer and the gun goes off. I released the gun hammer, the gun goes off, he said.

The shooting is currently under investigation, and in late December, a search warrant was issued for Baldwin’s cell phone, which he was seen speaking to shortly after the shooting.

The executive order gives the police permission to review all text messages and images he may have, along with stored location data.

Baldwin has maintained throughout the aftermath of the shooting that he did not press the trigger before the gun fired.

In his latest video, Baldwin sounded optimistic around 2022 after noting that ‘I have had more people who have been kind and thoughtful and generous in spirit than I have had people who are malignant about Halyna Hutchins’ death.’

He continued: ‘I’m not afraid to say it, and to say it in some euphemisms – someone died very tragically. And I’ve got so much, I mean so much, goodwill from people. It’s just incredible.

‘This has certainly been the worst situation I have ever been involved in and I very much hope that the people responsible for investigating it all arrive at the truth as soon as possible. No one wants the truth more than I do. ‘

Baldwin added that he had had conversations with ‘some very interesting people’ who instructed him on how to leave ‘negativity’ in the new year.

'This has certainly been the worst situation I have ever been involved in and I very much hope that the people responsible for investigating it all arrive at the truth as soon as possible.  No one wants the truth more than I do, Baldwin said in a recent video

‘This has certainly been the worst situation I have ever been involved in and I very much hope that the people responsible for investigating it all arrive at the truth as soon as possible. No one wants the truth more than I do, Baldwin said in a recent video

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