Nicolas Cage thinks that being a “movie star” comes with a great sense of responsibility.
The 57-year-old “Face/Off” explained in a roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that when an actor gets into the position of directing a movie, he or she has to learn every aspect of his role — including how to play. using a gun correctly.
“I don’t want to blame anything,” Cage said when asked about the fatal October shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin-led Western “Rest.”
“But I think so, and I’m not talking about anyone, but people don’t like the word ‘movie star’. We want to be humble actors. But a movie star is a different kind of presentation because you have to know how to ride a horse.
“You have to know how to fight,” he continued. “You’re going to do fight scenes. You have to know how to ride a motorcycle. You need to know how to use a gear stick and drive sports cars. And you have to know how to use a gun. You do. You should take the time to know what the procedure is. They belong to the job profiles.”
Cage, who has starred in action films like “Gone in 60 Seconds” and “A Score to Settle,” also said the stuntman and movie star “are two jobs that coexist.”
He concluded, “That’s just part of the profile, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Peter Dinklage, who also attended THR’s “Actor’s Roundtable,” said an incident like the “Rest” tragedy “should never happen again.”
“Anything we can do to get rid of that, we must,” said the 52-year-old Game of Thrones alumnus. “That’s our responsibility.”
Dinklage said he is “anti-gun” in his personal life, but because the characters he sometimes plays aren’t, it becomes a “very complicated matter”.
Another movie star who previously spoke out about the responsibilities actors have when handling weapons on set was George Clooney.
He insisted, just weeks after Baldwin, 63, accidentally shot and killed cameraman Halyna Hutchins on set, that actors should take extra steps to personally ensure their weapon is unloaded before actually firing it.
“Every time I get a gun on a set – every time – they give me a gun, I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I point it at, we show it to the crew, Clooney, 60, said in Marc Maron’s podcast “WTF” in November. “Everyone does it. Everyone knows it.”
Baldwin, however, insists that he is not at fault.
“There is only one question to be solved, only one: where does the live round come from?” the “30 Rock” star told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in December.
“Someone put a sharp bullet in a gun. A live bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property. Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
The shooting is still under investigation.