Nicolas Cage On Alec Baldwin Shooting: “You need to know how to use a gun, you need to take the time to know what the procedure is”
Nicolas Cage sounded off on the Alec Baldwin shooting on the movie “Rust” and Alec may not like what Cage had to say. While not naming Baldwin or blaming him outright he said actors should know how to use a gun.
Cage was with Peter Dinklage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors, and Simon Rex for a group interview with The Hollywood Reporter when the moderator brought up the Baldwin shooting that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza injured.
Cage said: “I don’t want to cast blame anywhere, but I do think, and I’m not talking about anybody, but people don’t like the word movie star. We want to be humble actors.
“But a movie star is a bit of a different kind of presentation because you need to know how to ride a horse.
“You need to know how to fight. You’re going to do fight scenes.
“You need to know how to ride a motorcycle.
“You need to know how to use a stick shift and drive sports cars, and you do need to know how to use a gun.
“You need to take the time to know what the procedure is.
“Those are part of the job profiles.
“Now, the stuntman and the movie star are two jobs that co-exist, they co-exist.
“Every stuntman needs to be a movie star and every movie star needs to be a stuntman.
“That’s just part of the profile.
“And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage said:
“It can be avoided because look at what you can do with movies.
“You know that also calls into question, are there too many guns in movies?
“We’ve all held guns in movies, probably, and I always think about that being anti-gun myself, but the character isn’t.
“That’s a very complicated thing.
“But that made it very clear that there has to be change, like, now. One hundred percent,” he said.