The assistant director who assured actor Alec Baldwin that gun used to fatally shoot a cinematographer he was safe had previously been fired from another film set following a gunshot accident, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Dave Halls was “removed from set” after “A crew member suffered a minor and temporary injury When a gun was discharged unexpectedly “ during production of ‘Way of Freedom’ in 2019, a manufacturer on the movie said Hollywood reporter on Monday.
Halls, according to court documents, had assured Alec Baldwin that a gun was handling on the set of ‘Rust’ in New Mexico last the week was “cold,” or safe, moments before the actor pulled out the trigger and director of photography Halyna Hutchins killed, also injury director Joel Souza.
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A separate report on Monday revealed that the 24year-old gunsmith on the set of ‘Rust’ also had an alarming gun safety record. During production, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was considered “Inexperienced and green” from his crewmates, and an unnamed source told the Daily Beast that there have been at least two incidents of guns in course off on set before fatal shot of Hutchin.
“He was a little careless with the guns, shaking it every now and then again” a source who worked with Gutierrez-Reed on Nicolas Cage’s upcoming film ‘The Old Way’ told the Daily Beast. While I work on ‘The Old Way’ allegedly Gutierrez-Reed had delivered an uncontrolled one gun to an 11-year-old child actress, causing temporary interruption of production.
However, the members of the “Rust” crew who worked with Gutierrez-Reed added that the final responsibility for gun safety fallen off on Salt. “It should be ours last line of defense and he failed us” a crew member said. “He is the last person who should be looking at that firearm. “
It’s still unknown how live rounds found their way in the weapon.
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According to search warrants from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting itself took place while Baldwin practiced drawing the weapon. Camera operator Reid Russell said in a statement that he “it was not sure why the weapon was unloaded e just remembered the loud bang ».
Baldwin himself was “Very collaborative” with the investigation, a sheriff office the spokesperson said last week, while 63-year- the old actor has also reached up out to Hutchins’ family to offer support.
The shooting sparked the calls for a ban of real guns on movie set, And more of 50,000 people to have signed a petition calling on Baldwin a use its influence to push for a tale prohibition.
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