'Rust' director 'gutted by the loss' of Halyna Hutchins after her death on the set of Alec Baldwin film
A single live round struck director Joel Souza and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of "Rust."In a statement to Deadline, Souza expressed his grief over the death of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer who was accidentally killed when Alec Baldwin, 42, discharged a prop firearm. It was reported that Baldwin was handed the prop by an assistant director who indicated that it was not loaded with live rounds.
© Rob Latour/Shutterstock; Sara Jaye Weiss/Shutterstock (Inset) Alec Baldwin with an inset of Halyna Hutchins.
Speaking out. Amid the ongoing investigation into the prop gun shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, Alec Baldwin has spoken out about the harrowing tragedy for the first time on camera.
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“I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation,” the 30 Rock alum, 63, told reporters on Saturday, October 30, per TMZ. “I’ve been ordered by the sheriff’s department in Santa Fe, I can’t answer any questions about the investigation. I can’t — it’s an active investigation in terms of a woman died. She was my friend.”
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"She put her heart and soul into everything she did," Jonathan McAbee, an actor who knew Hutchins, told PEOPLE during a candlelight vigil held for the late cinematographer While attending a candlelight vigil for the late filmmaker on Saturday evening, McAbee spoke with PEOPLE about Hutchins' dedication to her work and how she was always thinking of others, sometimes before even thinking of herself. Noting that production of the project at hand "rest[ed] on her shoulders" given her role as cinematographer, McAbee explained, "She's the one responsible for how this [film's] gonna look.
The actor, who had been spending time in Vermont with wife Hilaria Baldwin and their kids, recalled his bond with the late filmmaker. © Provided by US Weekly Alec Baldwin Speaks on Camera for 1st Time About Halyna Hutchins' Death: 'She Was My Friend'
“The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner with Joel, the director,” the Dr. Death alum recalled. “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”
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The Boss Baby actor further noted that he has met with Hutchins’ family, including her husband and son, in the wake of the accident.
“The guy is overwhelmed with grief. You know, there are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time but nothing like this,” Alec added. “This is a one in a trillion event, and so he is in shock [and] has a 9-year-old son. We are in constant contact with him. We’re very worried about his family and his kid, and we’re eagerly awaiting for the sheriff’s department telling us what their investigation has yielded.”
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While the New York native doesn’t believe Rust will resume production anytime soon, he was vocal about “cooperating” with police officers working on the case, whom he’s talked to daily. He also opened up about the ongoing discussions about the overall use of guns on film sets.
“I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” the Saturday Night Live alum noted.
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Alec previously released a statement sharing his condolences after the incident, writing on October 22 via Twitter, “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Alec Baldwin shooting: Actor was practicing drawing gun when it discharged
The shot that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set last week was fired as actor Alec Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun, according to the director who was injured in the shooting, court documents show. © Jae C. Hong/AP This aerial photo shows a film set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western being filmed at the ranch on Thursday, Oct. 21, killing the cinematographer, officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C.
One day earlier, the 42-year-old Ukraine native was taken to a New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced dead, after the actor discharged the prop weapon on set.
Less the one week later, the 37-year-old yoga instructor similarly broke her silence about the tragedy.
“My heart is with Halyna,” Hilaria wrote via Instagram on Monday, October 25. “Her husband. Her son. Their family and loved ones. And my Alec. It’s said, ‘There are no words’ because it’s impossible to express the shock and heartache of such a tragic accident. Heartbreak. Loss. Support.”
Lawsuit: Baldwin had no reason to fire in 'Rust' shooting .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Alec Baldwin recklessly fired a gun when it wasn't called for in the script when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the New Mexico set of the film “Rust.” “There was nothing in the script about the gun being discharged by DEFENDANT BALDWIN or by any other person," the lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell says. The lawsuit is the second to stem from the shooting, with many more expected.