Cast explains gun safety precautions on set
- Two scenes from the finale of “One of Us Is Lying” feature a character pointing a gun at people.
- Insider spoke to several “One of Us Is Lying” cast about gun safety in Hollywood.
- Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the season finale of “One of Us Is Lying”.
During the climactic final scenes of the first season of “One of Us Is Lying,” a new teenage drama from Peacock, the show’s true villain is finally revealed.
The psychological thriller, based on a book of the same name by Karen M. McManus, begins very innocently when five teenagers are held up. But the vibes of “The Breakfast Club” disappear when an allergic reaction kills Simon (Mark McKenna), the mind behind Bayview High’s gossip app, About That.
Simon doesn’t hide the fact that he runs the outrageous app, so a lot of people have motives for killing him. Children in custody are obvious suspects, so they must come together to clear their names and expose the real mastermind behind Simon’s murder.
Two of the most pivotal moments in the final episode, titled “One of Us Is Dead,” featured the real murderer, Jake (Barrett Carnahan), wielding a gun. First, he points one to Nate (Cooper van Grootel), Cooper (Chibuikem Uche) and Janae (Jessica McLeod) to let him into his room at the Halloween party.
Later, in the woods, he takes turns aiming the gun at Cooper and Addy (Annalisa Cochrane) before a brawl ensues and Jake is fatally shot with his own weapon, setting up the mystery of season two since viewers don’t see who fired the gun.
Insider spoke to Carnahan, Cochrane and Uche on October 22, just a day after the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust” that resulted in the deaths of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel. Souza. The trio spoke about gun safety on their set and the changes they want to see in Hollywood going forward.
The cast were able to hold the propeller pistol whenever it was on set for a scene
Care was taken on set to ensure the weapon was safe to handle, the cast said – although Carnahan was the primary person handling the weapon.
Carnahan said the accessories department “constantly reminds us that this is not a real gun.”
“The hammer couldn’t even move back. The cannon was not a real cannon,” he continued. “There was no chamber. There was nothing inside. It was a completely fake pistol. For most of the scenes, we also had a rubber fake pistol.”
The cast also got the chance to hold the prop pistol whenever it was on set. Carnahan said the prop department was “very open” to letting the actors pass the prop around so that they are comfortable with it during the scene, “just so everyone is aware” of it. that was used.
Uche told Insider that he appreciates that each actor has the chance to hold it and see it for themselves.
“Not once, but before every time the gun was brought on the shelf, you could see it so it wasn’t ‘Oh, well, when we did that yesterday it was empty’,” did he declare. “No, we had that assurance every time the gun was brought on set for the scene.”
‘A little mistake’ can cause tragedy, Cochrane said, calling for more conversations about safety on sets
While the cast of “One of Us Is Lying” felt safe every time a gun appeared on set, they recognized that the entertainment industry needed to continue to have conversations about the conditions on the set. tray.
“Safety is paramount,” Uche said.
Carnahan added “that there definitely needs to be more of a conversation going forward when it comes to using real guns on set. Whether it’s rubber, whether it’s a prop. , whether it is a real weapon, no matter what it should never be taken lightly. “
Cochrane pointed out that because the entertainment industry has followed certain practices for so many years, it is possible that many ensembles will “ignore” security checks because “you think you get it.”
“But a little mistake or some kind of lax effort, because nothing has happened in a while, is causing this horrible, horrible accident,” she said, referring to the October shoot on the set. of “Rust”.
Cochrane also referred to the recent threat of strike action by a union representing Hollywood crew members as evidence that safety conditions on set need to be improved.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Employees (IATSE) and the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) reached a deal in October, preventing a strike by workers.
As senior Insider reporter Elaine Low and her colleague Francis Agustin reported, the union was working to improve “problematic working conditions in the industry”, including issues of wages, time off and labor. implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
A deal was reached between the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (AMPTP) and IATSE on Oct. 16, but Cochrane said talks should continue.
“They were just fighting over basic safety procedures and rules, so you could get home at night… after a 19 hour day on set. [and] you [won’t] falling asleep while driving, ”she said. “How do we not put human life above all else? Why does money pass over human life? “
The first season of “One of Us Is Lying” is available to stream now on Peacock.