While filming a western, the lead actor and co-producer Alec Baldwin fatally injured a camerawoman and seriously injured the director and screenwriter. They “were shot and wounded when Alec Baldwin fired a gun that was used in the filming of the film ‘Rust’,” the police said on Friday night.The police were called to the set by emergency call. Halyna Hutchins, 42, was flown to the hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The 48-year-old Joel Souza was taken to another hospital in an ambulance, according to police in the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The shooting took place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.
Souza is being treated in the intensive care unit, the police continue. The “Hollywood Reporter” reported with reference to police information that his life was in danger. The “Hollywood Reporter” also quoted a spokesman for the production company that it was an accident.Prop weapon used
The prop gun used on set should have been loaded with blank cartridges. The investigation continued on Thursday evening with the questioning of eyewitnesses. Among other things, the weapon will be examined and how the projectile was released.
According to the police, no criminal investigation has yet been ordered. The Baldwin spokesperson team did not respond to a request. The actor had posted a photo of himself in western clothing and with a gray beard on Instagram the day before the incident. This has since been deleted. The newspaper “The Santa Fe New Mexican” reported that Baldwin was disturbed after the incident outside the sheriff’s office and was seen in tears while talking on the phone.According to media reports, filming has been suspended for the time being. “The entire cast and crew are deeply shaken by today’s tragedy,” said the production company, according to the US media. “We have suspended filming indefinitely and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe police and their investigations,” it said. The production company offered condolences to Hutchins’ family and pledged support to the entire team in “coming to terms with this terrible incident.”
Memories of 1993 accident
The current accident is reminiscent of an incident that occurred in 1993. Back then, actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died on the set of The Crow from a shot in the stomach. The autopsy revealed that Lee had been hit by live ammunition that got stuck in the barrel of the gun and detonated when a blank cartridge detonated. The public prosecutor charged with the investigation decided on negligence.
“Nobody should ever be killed by a gun on a movie set. Period, ”wrote his sister Shannon on an official Twitter account that she maintains on behalf of her brother.Baldwin is involved in the filming of “Rust” as a co-producer and lead actor. In the western, he plays Harland Rust, an outlaw who flees the law with his grandson who has been sentenced to death for murder. The cast includes Frances Fisher, Jensen Ackles, Brady Noon and Travis Fimmel, among others.
The 63-year-old is known, among other things, for his leading role in the literary film adaptation “Hunt for Red October” from 1990 and appearances in the film series “Mission: Impossible”. During the tenure of the former US President Donald Trump, he regularly imitated the now former US President on the program “Saturday Night Live”. The actor has been married to Hilaria Baldwin since 2012 and they have six children. Baldwin has a daughter Ireland from his marriage to actress Kim Basinger.
“She was building a reputation for herself”
Hutchins, who as Director of Photography was responsible for the entire visual design of the film, was a rising talent in the industry, wrote the “Los Angeles Times”. The 42-year-old graduate of the renowned AFI film school made a name for herself with titles such as “Archenemy”, “Blindfire” and “The Mad Hatter”.
“I think she would have become a very famous and successful Director of Photography,” Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer told the newspaper. “She was building a reputation for herself and showing people what she can do.”