Alec baldwin asked this Monday that from now on the presence of a police officer in film and television shoots using weapons, true or false, after the accident in which the actor shot and killed the cinematographer Halyna hutchins.
Baldwin, who first posted the message on his Twitter account (now private) and then on his public Instagram profile, explained that the role of the security agent would be exclusively “monitor the safety of weapons” in the study.
New Mexico authorities continue investigating what went wrong so that last month, during the rehearsal of a scene, Baldwin fired a revolver that was loaded with a real bullet that killed Hutchins and wounded the film’s director, Joel Souza.
The Sheriff of the Santa Fe town, Adan Mendoza, said two weeks ago that he had found about 500 rounds of ammunition, including one mixture of “blank cartridges, fake bullets and real bullets”.
In response to questions from the press about the possible legal liability of Baldwin, who in addition to being the protagonist of the film is one of the producers, the sheriff stressed that “nothing is ruled out.”
Investigators know that the gun passed through two other hands before reaching Baldwin: Dave Halls, the assistant director, and Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the production gunsmith.
The gunsmith’s lawyers insist that their client never knew of the existence of live ammunition or knew where it came from, and even hinted during an interview that someone might have tried to sabotage recording when introducing live bullets into the study.
According to his testimony, Gutierrez Reed loaded the pistol with bullets that were in a box whose label indicated “dummy ammunition”.
For his part, the assistant director admitted that did not check the gun properly before handing it over to Baldwin shouting “cold gun”, which in Hollywood jargon is used to confirm that the gun is unloaded for use.
The statements of team members who worked on the filming of “Rust” describe a precarious work environment where protests piled up and where half a dozen employees resigned the same day of the accident.
In fact, the day after Hutchins passed away, a worker was attacked by a poisonous spider while he was picking up the set and could lose his arm, the New York Post reported this Sunday.