After the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film Rust, Hollywood is debating over the usage of real firearms on film sets.
Actor Dwayne Johnson, for one, is pledging to stop using real guns on his productions, following the incident.
Recently, Hong Kong actor Kenneth Ma was questioned on the safety of using actual firearms for his TVB drama series Invisible Team.
Ma told a news portal that there is a weapons specialist accompanying him every time he uses a real gun on set.
On whether he’s worried about accidents involving firearms happening on set, the 47-year-old star reportedly said: “I’m not afraid since there are no bullets.
“I am only afraid that the gunshot will be too loud, that shooting the weapon itself can be quite scary.”
The Triumph In The Skies actor further stated that any use of real guns for filming must first be approved through formal applications.
Hence, he feels there’s a “pretty small chance” of any accidents occurring.
The report noted that the actor rationalised that filming with real guns in Hong Kong might be safer as obtaining guns is much more difficult in Hong Kong compared to overseas.
Despite his fear of gunshot, his Invisible Team co-star Moon Lau mentioned that Ma was very professional and never reacted to the loud sound of a gunshot.
The actress – who plays a sniper in the drama – said: “I totally couldn’t control my nerves and would blink whenever I opened fire, but everyone was patient with me.”
Directed by Jazz Boon, Invisible Team centres on the counter terrorism unit within the Hong Kong Police Force.