ABC’s The Rookie Bans Live Weapons On Set After Alec Baldwin Film Shooting
After the incident between Alec Baldwin, cinematographer Halyna Utchins and the Rookie’s set of Rust, the Rookie has now officially banned the use of “live” firearms. The Rookie features Nathan Fillion as a rookie officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. Since its debut in 2018, it has been a staple on the ABC lineup.
The entertainment industry is still reeling from Halyna’s death. A prop gun accidentally went off on Rust. Yesterday’s incident sparked shockwaves across the internet, as both fans and insiders responded to it. The incident on Rust came after crew members complained about unsafe working conditions. It serves as a stark reminder of just how dangerous it can be to film a movie. It recalls Brandon Lee’s tragic death on the set of The Crow. Lee was also killed in an accident involving a prop firearm during production.
The Rookie’s creative team is not taking any chances concerning the safety of the cast and crew members who work on the ABC series. THR reports that Alexi Hawley, The Rookie’s showrunner, issued a memo informing the LA-based police department that they would no longer use any “live” weapons while filming. Hawley’s memo stated that:
Today, The Rookie has made it clear that all gunfire will be done with Air Soft guns. CG muzzle flashes can also be added to the gunfire. No more “live” weapons will be allowed on the show. The safety of our crew and cast is too important. Any risk is too significant.
VFX and Air Soft guns will create any gunshots in The Rookie. They cannot fire real bullets, so it appears that this is the future. This is an ongoing effort that has been happening in the series. Indoor gunshots have already been converted to CGI. The Rookie used only “live” weapons to create larger outdoor sets. The definitive decision has been made to ban this practice unilaterally for the ABC series’ ever-growing cast. The Rust incident appears to have been the catalyst.
This raises the question of whether this policy should be adopted across all television and film productions. Rust is only the latest in a long list of injuries and accidents on film sets. It makes one wonder if studios should rely on VFX more to create the illusion of a gunshot. Although “live” weapons can add authenticity to an onscreen story, it is not worth the lives of those involved in any given project.
Although Alec Baldwin, an Emmy winner, is best known for his portrayal of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. After spending most of the 1990s in Hollywood, Baldwin starred on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock as Liz Lemon’s boss Jack Donaghy. Baldwin was also a key role in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and the profanity-laced David Mamet drama Glengarry Glen Ross. Tom Clancy even played Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October.
These are just a few of the memorable fictional characters Baldwin has played throughout his long career. Baldwin has also played many real-life characters, or at the very least, dramatized versions, in movies and TV. Baldwin’s portrayal as former President Trump will be a highlight of SNL history. It is a must-see TV show on many occasions. However, Baldwin has also played televangelists and inventors, as well as other U.S. commanders in chief.
Baldwin is a fascinating character and is probably as well-known for his turbulent personal life today as his screen work, but there is no doubt that he has had a career many actors only dream about. Here’s a complete list of the Emmy Award winner’s many roles as real people.