‘Why use real guns?’: Trevor N

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‘Why use real guns?’: Trevor Noah on Alec Baldwin’s prop gun shooting

Trevor Noah says that if you don’t have the budget to pay for gun safety, ‘then maybe you shouldn’t be making a gun movie’.

‘Why use real guns?’: Trevor N

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The South African-born comedian and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah is baffled over the reason why the crew used real guns instead of fake ones during the fatal accident in which Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that resulted in the death of cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins.

The Alec Baldwin Prop Gun Shooting | Trevor Noah

It has been reported that the actor discharged an unchecked gun at her while on the New Mexico set of the Western film Rust. The Daily Beast’s Cheyenne Roundtree has since reported that the Rust set was “plagued by a number of gun misfires” prior to Hutchins’ death, and a number of crew members had walked off the production in protest of the poor working conditions.

“OK, maybe I’m an idiot, but I don’t get this. Why do they need to use real guns to make a fake thing?” Noah asks in light of the news. “Because Hollywood movies love using the fake version of real things for everything except guns. In Hollywood, they’ve got fake tigers, fake houses, fake diversity and inclusion initiatives, but then when it comes to deadly weapons, suddenly they’re like, ‘Let’s get a real gun and see what happens! You know? Switch things up!’”

Safety checks on movie sets

Noah also addresses the 24-year-old armorer on the film, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed – an “inexperienced” armorer on her second film who, as the publication reports, had run into problems on her previous film for arming an 11-year-old child actress with an unchecked gun.

Gutierrez-Reed opened up about her experience on that previous film The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage, saying that “by all means, I’m still learning. I think loading blanks was, like, the scariest thing to me because I was like, oh, I don’t know anything about it.”

Noah says that is not something you ever want to hear from a person in charge of your guns.

Hollywood movies and budget cuts

“I mean, this gun misfired multiple times and still was allowed on set? How is that possible? Look, man: If you don’t have the budget to pay for gun safety for your gun movie, then maybe you shouldn’t be making a gun movie,” he continued. “Because it is absolutely unnecessary for anybody to lose their life for a pretend thing.”