Nicolas Cage on Alec Baldwin Shooting: ‘You Need to Know How to Use a Gun’

Hollywood star Nicolas Cage sounded off at Alec Baldwin over the shooting on the movie “Rust,” warning the embattled actor that he “know how to use a gun” before handling one on set.

While not naming Baldwin or blaming him outright, Cage said actors have a responsibilty to learn how to handle firearms.

Cage was with Peter Dinklage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors, and Simon Rex for a group interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The moderator brought up the Baldwin shooting that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza injured.

“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,” Cage said.

“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. ”


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“You do,” Cage continued.

“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.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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