'This is super unsafe.' Seven crew members walked off the set of the movie 'Rust' over safety and other complaints, hours before Alec Baldwin shot and killed a cinematographer with a gun a crew member said contained no live ammo.
SANTA FE , N.M. (AP) — Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set with a gun a crew member had assured the actor was safe, a tragic mistake that came hours after some workers walked off the job to protest conditions and production issues.
The gun Baldwin used was one of three that Gutierrez had set on a cart outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed, according to the court records. Halls grabbed the firearm from the cart and brought it inside to the actor, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in a search warrant application.
It was unclear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to police when they arrived, the court records say.Guns used in making movies are sometimes real weapons that can fire either bullets or blanks, which are gunpowder charges intended to produce little more than a flash and a bang.
New Mexico workplace safety investigators are examining if film industry standards for gun safety were followed during production of “Rust.” The Los Angeles Times, citing two crew members it did not name, reported that five days before the shooting, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun didn’t have any ammunition. headtopics.com
ADVERTISEMENTA crew member who was alarmed by the misfires told a unit production manager in a text message, “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by the newspaper. The New York Times also reported that there were at least two earlier accidental gun discharges; it cited three former crew members.
Mitchell, the script supervisor, told The Associated Press she was standing next to Hutchins when the cinematographer was hit.“I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,’ ” Mitchell said. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Filmmaker Souza, who was shot in the shoulder, said in a statement to NBC News that he was grateful for the support he was receiving and gutted by the loss of Hutchins. “She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better,” he said.
Santa Fe-area District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said prosecutors will be reviewing evidence in the shooting and do not know if charges will be filed.Baldwin, 63, who is known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” has described the killing as a “tragic accident.” He was a producer of “Rust.” headtopics.com
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Hutchins’ husband Matthew Hutchins posted on social media to mourn his wife’s loss, ask for privacy for his family, and thank her friends and mentors at the American Film Institute, who he said “nurtured the success we had only just begun to see flourish.”
The institute’s conservatory canceled cinematography classes Friday in response to Hutchins’ death and plans to hold a memorial.Production on “Rust” was halted after the shooting. The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website.
Before the fateful rehearsal, there were reports of some problems on the set. Seven camera crew members walked off several hours before Hutchins was killed to express their discontent with matters that ranged from safety conditions to their accommodations, according to one of the crew members who left. headtopics.com
The disputes began soon after filming began in early October, said the crew member, who requested anonymity because he feared speaking up would hurt his prospects for future jobs.The crew was initially housed at the Courtyard by Marriot in Santa Fe, according to the crew member. Four days in, however, they were told that going forward they would be housed at the budget Coyote South hotel. Some crew members balked at staying there.
The Los Angeles Times and Variety also reported on the walkout. Rust Movie Productions did not answer emails Friday and Saturday seeking comment.There were other concerns.Only minimal COVID-19 precautions were taken even though crew and cast members often worked in small enclosed spaces on the ranch, the crew member who spoke to the AP said. He said he never witnessed any formal orientation about weapons used on set, which normally would take place before filming begins.
A combination of those concerns prompted the seven to walk off the job.“We packed our gear and left that morning,” the crew member said of the Thursday walkout.Gutierrez, the film’s armorer, is the daughter of a longtime Hollywood firearms expert. She gave an interview in September to the Voices of the West podcast in which she said she had learned how to handle guns from her father since she was a teenager.
During the podcast interview. Gutierrez shared that she just finished her first movie in the role of head armorer, a project in Montana starring Nicholas Cage titled “The Old Way.”“I was really nervous about it at first and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready but doing it, like, it went really smoothly,” she said.
In another on-set gun death from 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed by a bullet left in a prop gun after a previous scene. Similar shootings have occurred involving stage weapons that were loaded with live rounds during historical re-enactments.
Gun-safety protocol on sets in the United States has improved since then, said Steven Hall, a veteran director of photography in Britain. But he said one of the riskiest positions to be in is behind the camera because that person is in the line of fire in scenes where an actor appears to point a gun at the audience.
___Price reported from New York. Associated Press writers Jake Coyle and Jocelyn Noveck in New York; Lizzie Knight in London; Yuras Karmanau in Kyiv, Ukraine; Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles; Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Walter Berry in Phoenix; and Gene Johnson in Seattle contributed to this report.Read more: The Associated Press »
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I would call this murder. What is live ammunition doing on set? The person who handed him the gun should be charged with negligent homicide. Alec Baldwin is as effective as the corona vaccine. Alex committed the perfect murder. It's a joke - right?!? “Safety is a jealous, fickle mistress who shares herself with no man that takes his eyes off her.” ~dkgutierrez Stay safe everyone.
Yo seriously though, when in the hell do they ever have to yell 'Hot Gun!' I feel there should be no need for such distinction on set of a film... Or I need more clarification.. Like does cold gun just mean it doesn't even have blanks vs having blanks? Rule 1 Assume every gun is loaded every time. I’m not too familiar with movie sets, but why is a real loaded gun on the set at all?
If the multi-billion-dollar International film & TV industry, had commissioned electronics engineers to combine remote control tech with surround sound audio tech, and designed 'costume weapons' for use in the highly lucrative film business, as we all assumed they already had... Spin it all you like, if Alec Baldwin knew anything about weapons, he would’ve cleared it when handed to him. The responsibility is all on him.
Alec Baldwin prop gun movie shooting a reminder of past fatal accidents on film setsThe death of Halyna Hutchins from a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin while filming 'Rust' is the latest tragic mishap on a movie set. They need to stop using blanks on sets
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And all it would have taken was 30 seconds to unload the 6 shot revolver and inspect the rounds. In reality they never should have handed a firearm to the incompetent 🧠 damaged AlecBaldwin Never trust a gun that has been loaded and handed to you by someone else. Just proves Alec is not guilty of ' loaded'gun.
You can CGI a dinosaur or King Kong but need live rounds for realism? I don’t understand At minimum this presents the case for many lawsuits
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Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ Film “Misfire” Accident Sends Two Crew Members To Hospital In New MexicoDEVELOPING: Refresh for updates A potentially deadly accident involving a prop gun on the set of the Alec Baldwin star Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Sante Fe, NM has seen two crew memb… beesarecute02 I hope Jensen is okay I hope they are alright Terrible what happened on the set, a thought for the families of injured victims. JensenAckles Are you OK? Let us know that everything is fine.
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