For the first time since the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, has spoken out about the incident.
Hutchins died after the actor and producer discharged a prop gun on the set of “Rust,” his new Western movie. Assistant director Dave Halls handed Baldwin the gun and announced it was a “cold gun” to the crew. That meant there shouldn’t have been any live rounds in the gun. But when it was discharged, it injured both Hutchins and the film’s director Joel Souza.
Several people took to social media after Hutchins died on Oct. 21 to mourn the cinematographer. And now, Alec Baldwin’s wife has joined them.
The picture she posted on Instagram is just words written over a dark blue or black box. It reads, “My heart is with Halyna. 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.”
Many famous celebrities took to the comments of Hilaria’s post to share in her grief. “Sending love to all. Holding you all in my heart,” actress Melanie Griffith wrote.
“Holding Halyna, her family, and Alec and his family in our hearts,” reporter Katie Couric said.
Author Kathy Freston commented, “Sending everyone involved so much love. What an unspeakable tragedy…. So many innocent, beautiful lives altered in an instant.”
Since Hutchins’ death, production has halted on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film. The cast and crew are taking time to mourn Hutchins and the work she’d done so far on the movie and in her career. She was only 42 when she died, leaving behind a husband and nine-year-old son.
‘The Rookie’ Bans On-Set ‘Live’ Guns After Tragic Death on Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Set
Alec Baldwin’s film was far from the only one to use “live” weapons on set. Many shows and movies use prop guns to simulate the real thing. And Halyna Hutchins isn’t the only crew member to die from a prop gun. Her death reminded many of Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, who died at just 28 after getting shot on the set of “The Crow.”
But ABC’s police procedural “The Rookie” refuses to let that happen on their set. Showrunner Alex Hawley sent a statement to ABC over the weekend explaining that they will no longer use “live” weapons on set.
“The tragic events in New Mexico yesterday have shaken us all, and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza. As of today, it is now policy on The Rookie that all gunfire onset will be Air Soft guns with CG muzzle flashes added in post. There will be no more ‘live’ weapons on the show. The safety [of] our cast and crew is too important. Any risk is too much risk. As always, if you ever feel unsafe or witness anything that concerns you, please don’t hesitate to report it,” the statement reads.