Idris Elba thought he was shot by filming the Ridley Scott movie

In an intense case of art mimicking death, “American Gangster” director Ridley Scott revealed how Idris Elba thought he had been shot on the set of the 2007 crime film – all the while using a stopper gun with no blanks.

The sensational event took place during a scene in which budding drug lord Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) executes drug dealer Tango (Elba).

But to elicit a realistic response from Elba, 49, the “Blade Runner” director instructed the actor to lean his head against the barrel so he would be surprised by the recoil. Fortunately, security-conscious Scott, 83, used a plug-in firearm without blanks to prevent accidents – as was the case with the late actor Jon-Erik Hexum, who died after firing a blank pistol at his temple like a gag in 1984.

“I said to Idris, ‘Listen, when he puts the gun to your head, lean against the gun,'” the Oscar-winning “Alien” director told the Daily Mail. “Because by the way, this is a pistol with a solid barrel, there is no aperture, I would never risk it – but when you press the trigger, there is nothing shiny, nothing.”

Idris Elba participates "The harder they fall" World premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on 6 October 2021 in London, England.
Idris Elba attends the world premiere of “The Harder They Fall” on October 6 in London.
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Elba followed Scott’s direction, and Washington “pulled the trigger, and it goes bang. Idris thought he had been shot and fell on the sidewalk, saying, ‘I have been shot!’ ”According to the director’s account.

How did the “Prometheus” director achieve the recoil effect with a blocked barrel and no rounds in the chamber? Paul Biddiss, a film weapons adviser working with Scott, explained that the director used something called “a UTM round” that can go over a fully connected gun and still cause “blowback”.

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

“It is like a small silver box with compressed air that reacts. It can be used repeatedly for a recoil effect each time, ”explained the armor expert. “It is used quite often in close-ups of execution in movies.”

It’s the perfect technique for Scott, which Biddis described as “hot on safety.”

Unfortunately, stopper gun safety has become a major concern following the recent incident with Alec Baldwin. The attacked actress was slapped with a lawsuit accusing him of purposefully firing the gun that killed film photographer Halyna Hutchins on the set for “Rust” in October.

Alec Baldwin is being sued "intentionally" firing the gun that killed
Alec Baldwin is being sued after being accused of “intentionally” firing a gun that killed “Rust” cinema Halyna Hutchins.
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“Alec Baldwin deliberately, without cause or excuse, put on and fired a loaded gun, even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not require suspense and the firing of a firearm,” scriptwriter Mamie Mitchell claimed in the case.

She claimed that any firearms safety protocol on the kit was ignored, such as the presence of sharp ammunition, and that the actions taken that day “were against all industry standards.”

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