You turn out can learn the latest action hero new tricks. After a few years away from the action hero game, Arnold Schwarzenegger returns with guns blazing in Netflix’s new action comedy FUBAR, who plays soon-to-be retired CIA agent Luke Brunner, who discovers his daughter, Emma (Monica Barbara), is also in the spy game. As befits modern manufacturing techniques, many of those weapons were made of rubber.
“We used fake guns when there were stunts where people were hit with the gun or when we were far enough away from each other,” Schwarzenegger tells Yahoo Entertainment. “We used the whole gamut of different weapons because close-ups allow you to tell the real stuff from the fake stuff.”
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That’s a change from the action movies the Austrian bodybuilder turned actor cut his teeth on in the ’80s and ’90s – from The terminator Unpleasant True lies – where the firefight would almost always be accompanied by practical weapons firing blanks. However, in recent years, more and more productions are using rubber pistols or Airsoft pellet guns with the express approval of directors such as John Wick‘s Chad Stahelski and stars as Dwayne Johnson.
According to Gabriel Luna – who plays Boro, the villain-to-be Luke and Emma are both tasked with chasing down – FUBAR also used rubber guns and Airsoft guns when production started. “But we quickly realized that the post-production crew was having a hard time following the gunfights,” The last of us star explains. “That has to be there for the reality of the scene. So we started with the more modern ways of doing things, but eventually we fell back to the best practices, always using the highest levels of gun safety.”
And Luna says Schwarzenegger easily slipped back into his old-fashioned habits once that change was made. “Towards the end of the shoot, he comes in with a shotgun after he takes it out of a pack of roses and shoots it off. I watch him do this, and he doesn’t blink at all. I was like, ‘These guys evidently done this before.'”
Barbara also enjoyed the experience of fighting alongside her on-screen father, especially as it prompted the escape Top gun: Maverick star the chance to flex her action muscles outside the cockpit. “We were in jets all the time Top gun, which wasn’t easy, but this had the added challenge of learning something new every week,” says the actress. a train! We also had an incredible stunt team and everyone was very safety oriented, which is part of the magic of actors doing their own stunts.”
Sure, tragedies like Brandon Lee’s death in the making The crow and the death of Halyna Hutchins during the production of Rust have led to heightened security measures on film sets and renewed calls to stop using real firearms for feature films. Schwarzenegger, for his part, is angry with some of the current security measures, insisting that security was always an essential part of his old action movies.
“It’s all bullshit,” he says when asked about current safety regulations versus the way sets worked in his action movie heyday. “The fact is that there were always safety measures. But you can have all the laws and rules and if people don’t follow them, you have nothing. If you are dealing with cars or guns you can get killed if you make a mistake. If you stunt driving you have to be very careful and you have to rehearse it and everyone has to follow the rules.
“That’s exactly what we did True lies and we do the same FUBAR,” Schwarzenegger continues. “Every day we used guns, they were shown to us. What’s in the barrel, what kind of ammunition was in it and what the magazine looked like. Over and over again – it was absolutely like a school. And we didn’t come close to an accident or anything like that.”
FUBAR currently streaming on Netflix.