Last October, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died when Alec Baldwin fired a revolver that was supposed to contain live shots, but was instead loaded with a real bullet. It all took place on the film set of the movie “Rust”.
At the same time, the filming of Netflix’s Norwegian major investment “Troll” took place here at home. In one of the scenes, the actors Mads Sjøgård Pettersen and Gard B. Eidsvold stand with a shotgun and a pistol aimed at each other.
– Were you extra careful about weapon safety, after that tragedy?
– Yes, that is absolutely clear. It happened around that as far as I remember, I think it was while we were recording. So there was an additional tightening of the routines, Sjøgård Pettersen tells Good evening Norway, and adds:
– There was a stir in the entire film world.
– Slightly different gun culture
Gard B. Eidvold says that they had very good weapon routines so set to Troll.
– Before each and every shot, and moment, the person in question shows that the weapon is empty, not only to me, but also to everyone around. It must be safe, says Eidsvold.
He does not understand how things could go so wrong in the United States.
– I don’t know what has happened over there, but they have a slightly different gun culture than we have in Norway. We probably have slightly different ways of handling it. It shouldn’t be, but … says Eidsvold.
Neither actor felt any discomfort using guns after the incident with Baldwin.
– I didn’t think much about it, says Eidsvold.
– I felt very safe, says Sjøgård Pettersen.
A wake-up call for everyone
Director at Troll, Roar Uthaug, confirms that they became extra aware of weapon safety after the tragedy.
– I myself feel that in Norway we take safety very seriously, but it is clear that it was a wake-up call for everyone who works with film, says Uthaug.
He is happy that the actors felt safe, adding that it was a terrible incident that happened in the United States.
– I think, first of all, it was very sad for her and her family, when we make films in Norway, we are like a big family. It must be absolutely horrible to be in such a situation, says Uthaug.
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Troll premieres on Netflix on December 1.