The accidental death of the cinematographer Halyna htchins as a consequence of a shot by actor Alec Baldwin during the filming of the movie ‘Rust’, a western they filmed in New Mexico, has uncovered a tweet written by the actor in 2017. “I wonder how it must feel to unjustly kill someone …” wrote Baldwin after a police officer accidentally shot a suspect he was targeting during an arrest.
The apparent fatal omen that these words contain have become that Baldwin tweet viral, whose activism against firearms is well known. Sources close to the actor have assured that he is devastated by what happened. In fact, the local newspaper Santa Fe New Mexican shows Baldwin anguished and deeply dejected at the door of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s office, where he was questioned about the event.
The incident occurred around two in the afternoon on Thursday, October 21 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, where several scenes of the western ‘Rust’, in which Baldwin acts as a producer as well as a protagonist. Aside from Halyna Hutchins, 42, the shooting 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.
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 while recording a scene or in 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 accidental death of the director of photography Halyna Hutchins by shooting on a set, a death in which actor Alec Baldwin has been involved, is reminiscent of other similar ones that have taken place while movies or music videos were being filmed.
The best known case is that of Brandon lee, American model and actor of martial arts and son of Linda Emery and famous martial arts artist Bruce Lee, who died on March 31, 1993, at the age of 28, during the filming of the film ‘The Raven’, after receiving an 11 mm caliber bullet instead of a blank cartridge. The accident occurred due to a error in the manipulation of real cartridges used in the filming due to lack of budget.
The most recent of the cases occurred in January 2017, another 28-year-old young actor, Johann Ofner, died after being shot in the chest while recording a hip hop music video, in a bar in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The actors and the team had carried out a dress rehearsal for the shooting sequences “without testing the firearms,” which was later found to be loaded with illegal ammunition, according to the investigation.
Much earlier, in October 1984. Just 37 years ago, the American actor and model Jon-Erik Hexum, a television sex symbol in the 80s, died after spending several days in a coma as a result of the accident he suffered during the Filming of the seventh episode of ‘Cover Up’, the series in which he starred alongside Jennifer O’Neil and which launched him to fame. Hexum joked with a blank pistol shooting himself in the temple, an impact that was fatal, since having the weapon very close to the head the shot pierced the skull and some bone fragments damaged the brain. He had not turned 27 years old.