Guillermo del Toro Reveals He Hasn’t Used a Real Gun in His Movies Since 2007

“I don’t think it’s necessary anymore. I really don’t,” the “Nightmare Alley” director said about using real firearms on set, months after Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death.

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1/22/2022 12:20:00 AM

Guillermo del Toro revealed in a recent interview that he’s long avoided using real firearms in the making of his films: “I haven’t shot a real gun on a movie set since 2007 or 2008. I don’t think it’s necessary anymore. I really don’t.”

“I don’t think it’s necessary anymore. I really don’t,” the “Nightmare Alley” director said about using real firearms on set, months after Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death.

Nightmare Alley–elaborated when the panel’s moderator asked him if it’s difficult to make movies without real guns.“It started withThe Devil’s Backbone, because we were forbidden to shoot in Segovia [Spain]. We were forbidden to shoot in a forest because the ignition could start a forest fire. After that, I thought, that is the safest thing you can do, and you can do it almost with a phone app,” he explained, referring to adding the effects in post-production.

Del Toro went on to detail the extensive measures that must be taken when using an actual weapon on set, concluding that, to him, it’s not worth the risk. “All the paraphernalia that comes with [real guns], you have to put Mylar glass in front of the camera, everybody has to leave the camera crew, everybody has to be protected, you do a whole number. And from the practical safety point of view, there’s no reason to do it.”

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