LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Actors who use firearms on Hollywood sets should have to be trained in safety protocols, said American actress and martial artist Shannon Lee recently.
Her brother, Brandon Lee, was killed in an accidental shooting on a movie set.
Lee, the daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, said such training could be a matter of life and death for those working in the film industry.
“I think that mandatory gun safety training should be required for the actors so that they can check the guns themselves and know how to use them appropriately,” Lee, 52, told Agence France-Presse during the Asian World Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“And so that they can keep others safe,” she added.
Lee said she finds the current gun safety situation “frustrating”, referencing the tragic accident last month (October) when American actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Ms Hutchins, 42, was killed during the filming of Rust when Baldwin fired a gun which the film’s assistant director Dave Hall had told him was “cold” – meaning it did not have a live round in the chamber.
Mr Halls has since told detectives that he had not fully checked the gun before declaring it to be safe.
“It shouldn’t happen again,” said Lee, whose brother Brandon was killed at age 28 while filming dark fantasy The Crow in 1993.
She said she never spoke with actor Michael Massee, who fired the gun that killed her brother and who died of cancer in 2016.
“I felt sorry for Michael Massee, I felt really sorry because it is a horrible thing to cause someone else to die. And I also feel sorry for Alec Baldwin,” she said.
She advised Baldwin to look after himself after such a traumatic incident and to not feel pressured to talk to the press.
“It’s really tough what he’s going through – he has to take care of himself,” she said.
The 63-year-old actor broke his silence about the incident last Saturday, telling reporters he had been advised by police not to talk about the ongoing investigation. He called it a “one in a trillion” accident.