Actor Ian A. Hudson plays an outlaw during a shootout scene on ‘Rust’, where Alec Baldwin was later involved in an accidental shooting incident
An actor who was in a separate scene involving firearms on the set of the movie “Rust” talks about his “deadly” experience.
Several members of the cast and crew speak after an accidental shooting incident in which Alec Baldwin left a gun on set that he had unloaded. Cinematographer Helena Hutchins was killed in the incident and director Joel Souza was injured.
talking to tmz, New Mexico actor Ian A. Hudson spoke about his experience on the film in a previous scene involving the gun. Hudson played a robber who was eventually executed. While filming his death scene, the actor explained that when it came to handling firearms and freeing the cast and crew from any danger, he felt a lot of things were unsafe.
Hudson noted that cameras and crew were stationed behind him on set, in the direction in which the actual guns filled with blanks were being fired. When he was in the scene and thus directly in the line of fire, he states that they were protected by shields.
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“It made me question me in front of the camera and in the middle of that fire,” he told the outlet. “When the rounds were issued—when they fired at me—I really felt the blanks hitting my face and my body, and I was discharging the air from the shotgun.”
The actor said that he remembers feeling that there was a sense of danger on the sets as all weapons were abandoned, whether they were empty or not.
“It was heavy. It was strong,” he said. “I would talk to my fellow cast members later and we all agreed how intense he was and how creepy and real he was.”
Rust Movie Productions did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.
Since a crew member died as a result of the shooting accidental, many have compared it to a similar shocking incident on the set of the 1993 film “The Crow” in which actor Brandon Lee died. Hudson noted that the cast discussed the incident prior to Hutchins’ death.
“That conversation came up a couple of times,” Hudson told TMZ. “We’re doing it the way they did 30 years ago. You have to double-check and you have to be sure.”
Fortunately, Hudson explained that when it comes to firearms some other actors with more experience than him on set actually check their weapons, regardless of whether they’ve been told guns are safe to handle.
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“As a new actor, I don’t want to cause trouble,” he explained. “I don’t want to make an issue about things, I just want to do as best I can and get the footage they want. So, I got my tongue out for it.”
He adds: “But some of the other actors who worked on sets a lot more than I did as the main characters … were double and triple checking our weapons, whether they were cold or hot.”
According to a search warrant from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Baldwin was handed a gun that Assistant Director Dave Hall had declared as a “cold gun”, meaning there were no live rounds inside. However, this was not the case and when Baldwin pulled the trigger while rehearsing a scene, the gun fired.
Armor was one of three people in addition to Hall and Baldwin, who handled the gun, Hannah Gutierrez Reid, who previously questioned her abilities to wield a firearm on a movie set in a recent podcast. While her culpability in the accident is being questioned, Hudson said she felt she was doing a good job given the circumstances.
“Honestly, I think Armourer, as pressed for time, was doing a fantastic job,” he said. “I listened too [director] Joel Souza praised her a couple of times for being as consistent as she was safe – and quick, keeping up with the hurried schedule.”
The actor concluded his thoughts on the matter by saying that the truth of the matter is that using real guns on a film set is a dangerous experience.
He said, “Discharging projectiles of any kind is terrifying. Shot multiple times and pretending my death for the camera was enlightening for me in all the wrong ways.” “It was life-threatening. It felt so real and that’s right… What happened is really unfortunate because they were just trying to make a movie.”