Jeffrey Wright, Ray Liotta, and more actors stunned to learn that cinematographer Helena Hutchins was murdered on the set of ‘Rust’
As there are questions about safety protocols on the set of the movie “Rust”, where Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun who was told he was safe, Hollywood professionals familiar with the security measures and the set But he was surprised by the handling of the weapons.
Jeffrey Wright, who has worked on projects including the James Bond franchise and the upcoming film “The Batman,” was acting with a weapon on the set of “Westworld” when news of a shooting broke out at a New Mexico farm on Thursday. “We were all very surprised. And it told us what we did from that moment,” he said in an interview Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Wright said, “I don’t remember ever being given a weapon that hadn’t been cleaned in front of me—meaning the chamber is open, the barrel is shown to me, flashing the lights inside the barrel to make sure the barrel is open.” That it is clear.” “Obviously, that was a mismanaged set.”
42-year-old Helena Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza, standing behind her, was injured while shooting on the set of the film “Rust”.
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According to court records, the gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or “armorer”, had kept in a car outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed. . Assistant Director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from a car and handed it to Baldwin, indicating that the weapon was secure By shouting “cold gun”, the court papers say. But according to the records, it was full of live rounds.
Baldwin, 63, best known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and for his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live”, called the killing “tragic”. described as an accident”.
Also at the Newport Festival, “The Umbrella Academy” actor Justin Min said that “it’s been a very sad time” on set in recent days as he is filming the indie thriller “Detained”.
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“After that – I mean we’ve obviously been careful already, but it’s just another level of precaution,” Min said.
The assistant director on another production, a prop manufacturer and licensed pyrotechnician who worked with Hall, said he had raised safety concerns about him in the past.
Maggie Gol said in a statement that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series in 2019 over concerns about Hall’s behavior. Gall said in a phone interview on Sunday that Hall disobeyed safety protocols for weapons and the art of pyrotechnics and tried to continue filming after the pyrotechnics on-set lost consciousness.
Hall did not return phone calls and email messages seeking comment. Rust Movie Productions did not respond to repeated emails seeking comment.
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The fatal shooting and past experiences point to larger safety issues that need to be addressed, Gaul said, adding that crew member safety and wellbeing are top issues in ongoing contract negotiations between a union that deals with film and TV workers and a The major manufacturers represent the group.
“This situation isn’t about Dave Hall. … It’s not any one person’s fault,” she said. “It’s a great conversation about safety on set and what we’re trying to achieve with that culture.”
A vigil was held for Hutchins in Southern California on Sunday, where attendees exchanged tearful hugs and speakers called for increased safety standards.
Actor Rosanna Arquette called on many people in Hollywood to move away from using real weapons, whether armed with blankets or bullets.
“I hope it wakes people up. Because nothing should ever go live round on a film. We’ve got enough CGI, we’ve had enough — it’s absurd,” she said. “We’re all basically shaken up in the industry about this.”
Actor Ray Liotta agreed with Wright that firearms investigations are generally extensive.
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“They always – from what I know – they check it so you can see,” Liotta said. “They give it to the person you’re pointing the gun at, they do it to the manufacturer, they pretend whoever it is that doesn’t work.”
Meanwhile, a petition seeking a ban on the use of real firearms on film and TV sets in light of Hutchins’ death has received more than 25,000 signatures.
Eric Kripke, the showrunner for Amazon Prime’s “The Boys,” where “Rust” co-star Jensen Ackles will play a role in Season 3, announced that he will no longer be using real guns on set.
“It’s my worst nightmare to have someone get hurt or killed on my set. Sending love to the family of Helena Hutchins, @JensenAckles, the cast and crew of ‘Rust’. I’m so sorry. In her memory, a Simple, easy pledge: Never have guns with blanks on any of my sets. We’ll be using VFX muzzle flashes. Who’s with me?” he has written.
“Mayor of Easttown” and “The Leftovers” Director Craig Zobel Shares Similar Sentiments Write: “Now there’s no reason to load guns or anything on set. Just gotta be totally illegal. Now there are computers. The guns on Easttown’s Mare are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It’s an unnecessary risk.”
State Senator Dave Cortes also announced he plans to introduce law In direct response to the “Jung” incident, the state demanded a ban on ammunition on the sets.
Baldwin, who is the producer of “Rust,” met Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son on Saturday at a hotel in Santa Fe where the actor was staying during filming. At one point, Baldwin and Hutchins’ husbands were photographed embracing shortly after the tragedy.
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