‘Rust’ director Joel Souza injured in movie set shooting speaks out: ‘I am gutted’


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Souza has been discharged from the hospital

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Director Joel Souza released a statement after shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film “Rust” in which he was injured and another person died on Thursday.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague Halina,” Souza said in a statement to Granthshala News. “She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always inspired me to be better. My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”


“I am humbled and grateful for the affection I have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have reached out ….. this will certainly aid my recovery.”

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Souza was hospitalized after Baldwin fired a prop gun while rehearsing a scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to actress Frances Fisher, she has since been released. Cinematographer Helena Hutchins was killed in this incident.

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Baldwin released his own statement on social media on Friday. The actor called the shooting a “tragic accident”.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins,” he said.

“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina,” the actor concluded.

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Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, NM is shown on Friday, October 22, 2021.  Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a western being filmed at the farm on Thursday, October 21, killing the cinematographer, officials said.  The film's director was injured, and officials are investigating.

After the shooting, the production on the sets of the film has been stopped indefinitely.

an assistant director at new Mexico The set of the film claimed that a gun being given to Baldwin was unloaded on Thursday, a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court said, according to the report.

The Associated Press reported, “Cold Gun,” assistant director Dave Hall announced at the time, using lingo for an unloaded shotgun, ahead of a rehearsal for the film.

Shortly thereafter, court filings said, Baldwin pulled the trigger of the shotgun, fatally injuring Hutchins and injured director Souza.

As the AP reports, a detective wrote in an application for a search warrant, Hall was unaware that the live rounds were inside the firearm he grabbed and handed over to Baldwin.

“Investigators are trying to determine what type of projectile was in the firearm,” the sheriff’s office told Granthshala News in a statement.

Granthshala News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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