Nicolas Cage schools Alec Baldwin: ‘Guns are not the problem, untrained and unprofessional actors are’
In the aftermath of Alec Baldwin’s shooting death, Cage rejected the suggestion that guns should be banned from film sets, saying that they are “part of the profession.” Cage pointed out that guns don’t kill people but rather terrible actors do.
Actor Nicolas Cage said that performers should receive firearms training as part of their duties after the terrible incident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the Rust set.
The actors: Peter Dinklage, Jonathan Majors and Andrew Garfield were part of a roundtable discussion for the Hollywood Reporter. After the Rust shooting, Cage claimed that “movie actors” should be educated to do things they ordinarily wouldn’t do in their ordinary life. Cage swiftly shut down the idea of firearms being prohibited on film sets.
“It’s imperative that you learn how to defend yourself. The battle sequences will be a part of your acting repertoire. Your motorcycle skills must be up to date. As a sports car driver, you must know how to operate a stick shift and you must know how to handle an assault rifle. You’re responsible for it. Take the time to learn the steps involved. All of that is a part of the job description,” according Cage.
Cage maintained that it’s a win-win situation because these talents may compliment those of a stunt performer. Stunt men and actors share the same profession. Hence, stunt men are required to have a working knowledge of acting fundamentals and vice versa.
Cage said that “actors and stunt men are two occupations that coexist. Every stunt man has to be a movie star and every movie star needs to be a stunt man. ”
Even though Alec Baldwin is a well-known Hollywood actor, Nicolas Cage has not and does not want to work with him in the future because of his lack of firearms training and because he fears that his life may be in danger.
For Nicolas Cage, it’s all about starring himself in an epic film while Alec Baldwin’s career is in jeopardy when he fatally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of his low-budget project.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a movie that simply known as Nicolas Cage by the fans, has the based Face/Off actor starring as himself along side’s The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal. In April of this year, 2022, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent will be released in Australian theatres.
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