Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the chief gunsmith for the shooting of “Rust”, which was the scene of the terrible drama that led to the death of Halyna Hutchins, has spoken for the first time since the accident. Find out what she had to say.
On October 21, when the actor Alec Baldwin was shooting the western Rust, a terrible accident occurred, which resulted in the death of director of photography Halyna Hutchins. The actor was indeed handling a firearm when the shot went off on its own. Alec Baldwin then accidentally killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. Criminal proceedings against the actor are not excluded at this stage.
Since then, the shooting has obviously been suspended, and a police investigation is ongoing. On Friday, October 29, Alec Baldwin spoke in front of the camera to answer journalists’ questions. Shocked by the accident, the actor slipped a few words in honor of Halyna Hutchins:
She was my friend. The first day of filming, when I got to Santa Fe, I took her to dinner with Joel, the director. We were a very, very close-knit crew making this movie when this horrible event happened.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, chief gunsmith on the set of Rust, speaks:
Alec Baldwin also touched on the way guns are used on set:
Sometimes accidents happen on film sets, but nothing like that. There was a one in a trillion chance that it would happen.
While we do not yet know the end of the story, and the exact circumstances that led to such an accident, the investigation should shed more light on this accident. Investigations have now turned to Dave Halls, the first assistant director and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old chief gunsmith.
In charge of security on the set, Dave Halls handed the offending gun to Alec Baldwin, ensuring that it was not loaded. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, for her part, prepared the weapon with which the actor fired. His young age, and his lack of experience in the field, were highlighted during the investigation. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed spoke through her lawyers, Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence. The press release was relayed by the magazine People :
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 live bullets are coming from. Our client was hired in two positions, making it extremely difficult to focus on her one gunsmith position.
A production problem?
The latter also insisted on the lack of security that hovered on the set. The lawyers accuse in particular the production of not having given the necessary time to their client to respect the procedures:
She fought for training, for days to maintain guns and time to prepare for gunfire, but production and her department prevented her from doing so. This drama is not Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s fault.
Other professionals in the field have given their opinion on this tragedy. Guillaume Delouche, gunsmith in Hollywood for 30 years, notably claimed that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was not qualified for the job:
I’m very amazed that someone this age, with only two movies under their belt, could be the chief gunsmith on a movie that has to have a lot of gun fight scenes.
Anyway, the case is progressing little by little, and begins to detect the true from the false. Justice will have a lot to do to determine who is really at fault in the unintentional murder of Halyna Hutchins.