Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, chief gunsmith on the set of Rust, has spoken for the first time since the drama that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, chief operator of the film.
On Thursday October 21, director of photography Halyna Hutchins lost her life on the set of Rust. During the rehearsal of a scene, actor Alec Baldwin shot him with a gun that was supposed to be blank loaded.
Since then, the shooting has been definitively suspended and the police investigation is ongoing. Dave Halls, the film’s first assistant director, is now at the center of the investigation, alongside chief armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24.
In charge of security on the set, Dave Halls handed the incriminated weapon to Alec Baldwin, assuring the actor that it was “cold”, that is to say not loaded. As for Reed, she prepared the gun Baldwin fired with. She had placed the revolver on a cart with two other pistols.
Her lack of experience for the position of chief gunsmith was highlighted by the investigation. Note that the latter is the daughter of Thell Reed, a seasoned Hollywood gunsmith, who has already worked on Tarantino’s Django Unchained or Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
“I am very amazed that someone of this age, with only two films under his belt, could be the chief gunsmith on a film that has to contain a lot of gun fight scenes.”, underlined Guillaume Delouche, gunsmith in Hollywood for 3 decades.
Silent since the tragedy that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed spoke through her lawyers, Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence. The press release was relayed by the magazine People.
Hannah has no idea where the live bullets are coming from.
“Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set. In the end, this shoot would never have been compromised if the live ammunition had not been introduced. Hannah has no idea where the shots are coming from. live ammunition. Our client was hired on two positions, making it extremely difficult to concentrate on her one gunsmith position. “, explained the lawyers.
This drama is not Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s fault.
The latter also insisted on the climate “dangerous” who reigned over the plateau. They accuse the production of not having given their client the time necessary to comply with the procedures. “She fought to be able to train, to have days to maintain the weapons and the time to prepare for the shots, but the production and her department prevented her from doing so. This drama is not the fault of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed “, said his lawyers.
“To save money, we sometimes hire people who are not fully qualified for a complicated and dangerous job”, said the chief electrician of the shooting of Rust on Facebook.
Regardless, the investigation is still ongoing on the Santa Fe side of New Mexico, where the tragedy occurred.