Following the tragic accident that claimed the life of director of photography Halyna Hutchins, Alec Baldwin, who operated the weapon from which the fatal shot was fired, spoke soberly on Twitter to signify his immense pain and bring his support.
A terrible tragedy mourns Hollywood
It’s a whole profession that was devastated by the announcement. Thursday, October 21, 2021, on the set of the filming of the western Rust, in the Santa Fe region, the director of photography of the film Halyna Hutchins and the director Joel Souza were hit by a bullet fired from a gun, in VO a “prop gun”, supposed to be a prop and therefore present no danger. But nothing went as planned, since a real bullet was in the weapon. While it should have been only equipped with blank ammunition. And the one who pulled the trigger is none other than the film’s co-producer and lead actor, star Alec Baldwin.
The director of Rust Joel Souza was injured but has already been released from the hospital. Unfortunately, Halyna Hutchins, 42 years old and mother of a family, succumbed to his injuries.
Alec Baldwin speaks on Twitter
After presenting himself to the authorities to make his statement and answer several questions, the actor left free. As information trickles in, it appears that a serious failure in the preparation of the accessories would be involved. A preparation for which the responsibility rests entirely with the head props, and which would not be transferred to the other members of the team. In other words, none of the people – other than those in charge of the props – involved in the filming of the fatal sequence, could have anticipated such an accident.
Alec Baldwin expressed himself on Twitter:
There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and colleague whom we deeply admired. I fully cooperate with the police investigation to understand how this tragedy could have happened and I am in contact with her husband, to offer my support to him and his family. My heart is in pieces for her husband, their son, and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.