A stuntman for the upcoming action film “Unforgettable” died on set after accidentally shooting himself with a prop gun. A second crew member was also wounded during filming, according to police in New Mexico,.
A movie production crew member was killed and another injured after Alec Baldwin fired his prop gun during the filming of an episode in New Mexico. The incident, which is under investigation by authorities, occurred on Wednesday when Mr. Baldwin was filming a scene for Netflix’s “The Hunt For The Trump Tapes” with other members of the cast and crew at Old Tucson Studios near Tubac, AZ.,
(CBSLA/AP) LOS ANGELES – When actor Alec Baldwin fired a toy pistol on a movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday afternoon, one crew member was killed and another was injured.
On Jan. 28, 2019, in Park City, Utah, Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
The shooting took place on the set of “Rust,” an indie Western film.
When Baldwin fired the fake pistol at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set at around 1:50 p.m., the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and the film’s director, Joel Souza, 42, were shot, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she died, according to the sheriff’s office. She is survived by her spouse and infant kid.
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Souza was transferred to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center by ambulance, where his injuries were treated. Souza has been released from the hospital, according to actress Frances Fisher, who plays Souza in the film “Rust.”
The event has not yet resulted in any criminal charges being filed. Baldwin, who is 63 years old, is a producer on the picture.
On October 22, 2021, on the set of the film “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo credit: Getty Images) )
Juan Rios, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said investigators were looking into how and what sort of missile was fired. IATSE Local 44, which comprises prop masters, allegedly wrote a letter to its members on Friday saying that the pistol shot by Baldwin contained a live cartridge, according to Indiewire. It was also claimed that the prop master on “Rust” was not an IATSE member.
“If someone really placed a live round in there, it shouldn’t have been on set, and they should have visually examined the gun first with a pencil down the barrel and a flashlight to make sure there’s no blockage in the mechanism,” experienced movie prop master Bill Davis told CBSLA on Thursday. “And, number three, they must check the round that will be placed inside. So it seems to me that if someone was murdered, which they were, that round of ammunition would have to be live.”
“Rust’s” production has been suspended.
On November 6, 2019, in New York City, writer/director Joel Souza attends the “Crown Vic” New York screening at Village East Cinema. (Photo credit: Getty Images) )
Davis remarked, “Those are all actual rifles.” “It’s the ammo, the blanks that are placed into it, that are false.” In a blank, there is no projectile. But I believe what occurred was that somebody failed to check the weapon and/or the ammo they were placing into it.”
Following the incident, the Santa Fe New Mexican published images of a devastated Baldwin outside the sheriff’s office.
Baldwin posted on Twitter Friday, “There are no words to express my sorrow and anguish on the horrific tragedy that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and much loved colleague of ours.” “I’m completely working with the police inquiry into how this tragedy transpired, and I’ve reached out to her husband to express my condolences and give my support to him and his family.” My heart breaks for Halyna’s husband, their kid, and everyone who knew and loved her.”
According to the Internet Movie Database website, “Rust” is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother after his parents die in the 1880s in Kansas. After being condemned to death for the unintentional killing of a local rancher, the kid goes on the run with his long-estranged grandpa (played by Baldwin).
Jensen Ackles and Travis Fimmel also feature in the flick.
Gustavo Sampaio, a friend and fellow director, told CBSLA on Friday, “She truly was a rising star, I was extremely pleased and proud of her.” In 2017, Sampaio collaborated on a short film with Sampaio. “I had frequently considered working with her again. But she was progressing so quickly that she was already starring in major motion pictures.”
After working as a journalist in her home Ukraine, Hutchins chose to pursue a career as a filmmaker.
“She was simply so kind,” Sampaio said. “When I think about Halyna, it’s the first word that comes to me.”
Fisher shared a selfie of herself and Hutchins on the set of Rust on Instagram on Friday.
“Rest in Paradise” is a phrase that means “rest in paradise.” Fisher wrote, “Dear Halyna.” I enjoyed seeing you work because of your great concentration and mastery of the space. I requested you to stand with me in our #IAsolidarity #RUST cast&crew picture because I wanted to make sure you were front and center, given how few female directors of photography there are. There’s a sentence from #Unforgiven that I’m hoping to have the bravery to write here one day. It pretty much sums up everything. In the meanwhile, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as everyone who loves and misses you.”
“The details are unclear at this time,” the International Cinematographers Guild said in a statement, “but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event.” Hutchins was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, which released a statement saying, “The details are unclear at this time, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event.” This is a tragic loss for our guild, and we lament the death of a member of our family.”
Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old son of martial-arts legend Bruce Lee, died in 1993 after being struck by a.44-caliber bullet during shooting a death scene for the film “The Crow.” An autopsy revealed a bullet lodged near his spine, despite the fact that the pistol was supposed to have shot a blank.
“Our hearts go out to the families of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza and everybody involved in the event on ‘Rust,’” stated Lee’s sister Shannon on Twitter. On a movie set, no one should ever be murdered with a gun. Period.”
On the set of the television series “Cover Up,” actor Jon-Erik Hexum died in 1984 after shooting himself in the head with a fake gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a.44 Magnum.
In a statement released Thursday, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher and National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said, “We are grieved by this awful news.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins, who died tragically recently, as well as Director Joel Souza, who is wounded and in the hospital.” We don’t have all the information yet since the inquiry is still ongoing. We’ll keep working with producers, other unions, and law enforcement to examine this occurrence and figure out how to avoid it from occurring again.”
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