Alec Baldwin’s prop gun which misfired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during the rehearsal of the Western film ‘Rust’ is being scrutinized not only by the general populace but also has put a legal investigation in motion. This unfortunate incident occurred when the actors were rehearsing during a shoot at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, N.M. The gun which Baldwin claims was a “cold” or unloaded gun discharged a very real bullet causing chaos.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s search warrant was executed on Friday and reports that the deputy who arrived at the scene was told that assistant director Dave Halls was not aware that there was a live round in the gun as he yelled “cold gun.” With an investigation in tow, the production company for Rust has decided to shut down production.
Details on the shutting down of ‘Rust’ Production
The producers have officially announced that the production for ‘Rust’ is being shut down saying, “As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to wrap the set at least until the investigations are complete.”
The released statement also stated that director Joel Souza is recovering from the events that took place, and the production is supporting him however they can. The producers also mentioned that they are conducting an internal review of safety protocols but also state “we are limited in our ability to say anything further publicly or privately” since it is an ongoing investigation.
The statement further sympathized saying, “Our hearts are with all of you, as we all go through this tragic time and mourn the loss of our colleague and dear friend, Halyna Hutchins”. The ‘Rust’ production team is in touch with late with the late Halyna Hutchins’ family and have arranged in-person and virtual grief counsellors for cast and crew members. The producers will also be making a donation to the AFI Halyna Hutchins Scholarship Fund.
“Although our hearts are broken, and it is hard to see beyond the horizon, this is, at the moment, a pause rather than an end. The spirit that brought us all to this special place remains,” the ‘Rust’ production team statement read.
Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has set a news conference regarding the investigation on Wednesday and a petition has been created asking Alec Baldwin to “use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry to make a change and ban real guns on film sets.” The petition has been signed by over 22,000 people to date, including actors Olivia Wilde and Holland Taylor.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.