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The Rookie's executives ban functional weapons on its set

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/10/2021 Sam Joseph Semon For Dailymail.com
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ABC executives have banned the use of 'live' weapons on the set of the police procedural series The Rookie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project's showrunner, Alexei Hawley, mandated that the cast and crew would no longer utilize functional arms of any kind while working on the Nathan Fillion-led program. 

The executive also wrote a memo to the staff of the series that addressed the need for increased firearm safety on set following Thursday's tragic and fatal accident that occurred during the production of Rust.

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Hawley's message began by expressing that The Rookie's executives sympathized with the victims of the Rust incident.

'The tragic events in New Mexico yesterday have shaken us all, and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza,' it read.

The message also pointed out that, effective immediately, every firearm that will be used during the production of the series would not take traditional ammunition or blanks of any sort.

'As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire on set will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post. There will be no more "live" weapons on the show. The safety our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk.' 

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Hawley's memo concluded by noting that if crew members 'ever feel unsafe or witness anything that concerns you, please don't hesitate to report it.'

The crew of The Rookie has previously utilized CGI imagery to mimic muzzle flashes, although 'live' weapons have occasionally been used during outdoor filming.

The message comes after a tragic and fatal accident occurred on the set of the western project Rust, which stars Alec Baldwin, who also serves as one of its executive producers. 

Alec, 63, accidentally killed Rust's director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza, 48, with a prop gun Thursday on the set of the film in New Mexico.  

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Baldwin later cooperated with investigators after the shooting, although further interviews and evidence collecting are ongoing.

No charges have been filed against any parties involved with the incident as of yet.

The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is currently looking into Thursday's events and released a statement regarding the matter.

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The organization pointed out that 'no additional information will be released at this time, pending completion of the investigation.'

Baldwin later shared his own statement about the incident to his Twitter account, where he noted that he was broken up about what happened on Rust's set.

'There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,' he wrote.

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The actor also pointed out that he was 'fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred.'

Baldwin concluded his message by remarking that he had spoken to Hutchins' loved ones and felt sympathy for their loss. 

'I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,' he wrote. 

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