Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Leonardo DiCaprio says he regrets having used a prop gun on the set of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes.’
The environmental activist, who plays an ape in the film, has apologized for his actions after a production assistant was shot and killed by a real gun.
According to local media reports, Matthew Milam, 31, was killed at the Los Angeles set on Tuesday, after a prop gun accidentally fired and hit him. Milam worked on the film as a location manager.
Film crew members reacted swiftly to the tragedy, taking to social media to express their grief at the loss of their friend and colleague.
British actor James Franco, who plays a government agent in the film, said Milam was a friend and a professional colleague of his, who was truly caring and inspiring. “This senseless tragedy shook me to my core. We were all stunned.”
Yet, for the friends of Milam — a veteran film location manager and supervisor — his death was a tragedy in itself. They used the opportunity to call for safety regulations to be upgraded in the industry.
“This can never happen again,” Franco tweeted. “The right number one change is that the only time a weapon will be used in any postproduction or pre-production movie setting is on set – where a set is completely secured.”