The actor was shot by a gun, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.
Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed to the cinematographer of the film he was shooting at firing a prop pistol that was supposed to be a blank and that he did not know was loaded. In addition to the deceased woman, identified as Halyna Hutchins (42 years old), the shots also they wounded the director of the film, Joel Souza (48), who was transferred to the intensive care unit of the Christus St. Vincent medical center in the vicinity of Santa Fe, in the state of New Mexico (USA).
Photographs published by the local newspaper ‘Santa Fe New Mexican’ show Baldwin distressed at the door of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office, where he was questioned about the event.
Filming of the western ‘Rust’
The accident happened around two in the afternoon at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, where several scenes from the ‘western’ ‘Rust’ were filmed, in which Baldwin acted as producer as well as protagonist.
Social networks have already spread some images of Baldwin after the event. In the photographs, the actor appears shocked:
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The type of projectile
The Sheriff’s office has opened an investigation to clarify what happened and what type of projectile the weapon had, which is not known if it was used during the recording of a scene or in a rehearsal. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was fired. The incident remains an active investigation,” the department explained in a statement. For the moment, authorities rule out filing criminal charges.
The cinematographers’ union (International Cinematographers Guild) issued a statement identifying the fatality. “We received the devastating news that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, has died from injuries sustained on set,” said John Lindley, president of the union. “The details are not clear at this time, but we are working to obtain more information and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss,” he added.
The memory of Brandon Lee
The New Mexico filming office indicated on October 6 that the filming of ‘Rust’ employed 22 actors, 75 technicians and more than 230 extras, although it is unknown how many of them were present at the time of the incident.
The accident reminds the Brandon Lee’s death, son of Bruce Lee, during another filming in 1993.