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Idris Elba thought he got shot in the head filming Ridley Scott movie


In an intense case of artwork imitating loss of life, “American Gangster” director Ridley Scott revealed how Idris Elba thought he’d been shot on the set of the 2007 crime flick — all whereas utilizing a prop gun with none blanks.

The startling occasion in query occurred throughout a scene in which budding drug lord Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) executes drug supplier Tango (Elba).

However, to elicit a sensible response from Elba, 49, the “Blade Runner” director instructed the actor to lean his head towards the barrel so he’d be stunned by the recoil. Fortunately, the safety-conscious Scott, 83, employed a plugged-up prop firearm with none blanks to stop any mishaps — like the case of the late actor Jon-Erik Hexum, who died after discharging a clean pistol towards his temple as a gag in 1984.

“I said to Idris, ‘Listen, when he puts the gun to your head, lean on the gun,’ ” the Oscar-winning “Alien” director told the Daily Mail. “Because, by the way, this is a gun with a solid barrel, there is no aperture, I would never risk it — but when you pull the trigger, there’s no blank, nothing.”

Idris Elba attend "The Harder They Fall" World Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 06, 2021 in London, England.
Idris Elba attends the world premiere of “The Harder They Fall” Oct. 6 in London.
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Elba heeded Scott’s course, and Washington “pulled the trigger and it goes bang. Idris thought he’d been shot and dropped to the sidewalk and said, ‘I’ve been shot!’ ” per the director’s account.

How did the “Prometheus” director obtain the recoil impact with a blocked barrel and no rounds in the chamber? Paul Biddiss, a movie weaponry adviser who’s working with Scott, defined that the director employed one thing known as “a UTM round,” which might go in the barrel of a totally plugged gun and nonetheless trigger “blowback.”

Ridley Scott attends the 2021 LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Ridley Scott in Los Angeles on Nov. 6.

“It is like a small silver case with compressed air that reacts. It can be used repeatedly for a recoil effect each time,” the armor professional defined. “It’s quite often used in close-up execution shots in films.”

It’s the excellent method for Scott, whom Biddis described as “hot on safety.”

Unfortunately, prop gun security has change into a serious concern following the current incident involving Alec Baldwin. The embattled actor was slapped with a lawsuit accusing him of purposefully firing the handgun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” in October.

Alec Baldwin is being sued for "intentionally" firing the gun that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin is being sued, having been accused of “intentionally” firing a gun that killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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“Alec Baldwin intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired a loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of a firearm,” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell claimed in the go well with.

She claimed that each firearm security protocol on set was ignored, similar to the presence of live ammunition, and that actions taken that day “were against all industry norms.”

Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured on set while filming the movie "Rust" in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 21, 2021.
Director of pictures Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured on set whereas filming the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe, NM, Oct. 21.
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