‘Rust’ Assistant Director Breaks Silence on Safety After On Set Shooting

by Michael Freeman
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Last week, a tragic incident occurred on the Rust set, with Alec Baldwin firing a prop gun sporting live rounds. An assistant director on the film has since come out and broken his silence, questioning the set’s safety.

With exclusive information concerning the shooting, TMZ reveals new facts about what happened last week. After obtaining a new search warrant, Hannah Gutierrez Reed told authorities she checked the gun’s ammo the day of the incident. According to her, they were “dummies,” meaning it wasn’t live ammunition. Additionally, a locked prop truck housed the gun during the lunch break. Reed suggests someone took it out later before the scene. Basically, she said she didn’t mess with it, though there were other people who could have.

Assistant director David Halls handed the gun to Baldwin and called it “cold,” before doing so. According to him, there were only three rounds in the firearm. He admitted he should have checked more thoroughly and doesn’t remember if Hannah spun the drum before handing it off.

After Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who lost her life, and director Joel Souza were shot, Halls says he inspected the chamber and saw at least five casings. Four of these were the dummy casings with a signature hole on the side while another round did not have one. The one without a hole didn’t have a cap, suggesting it was a live round.

This new information suggests safety precautions indeed lapsed on Rust’s set. TMZ also reports the District Attorney is going to determine if criminal charges can and will be filed. The D.A. did say charges are possible for everyone involved. As of now, we’ll have to wait to see how things progress.

‘Rust’ to Shut Down Production Until ‘Investigations are Complete’

Considering the scope of what happened on the Rust set, it makes sense there are bigger things to worry about than finishing the movie. As such, the film will “pause” production until the “investigations are complete.”

The Hollywood Reporter obtained a letter producers sent to cast members detailing future plans for Rust. “As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to wrap the set at least until the investigations are complete,” part of the letter read. The letter also stated them stopping work was a “pause rather than an end.” Remaining vague, it doesn’t detail when production will begin again.

Considering the film crew has no idea how long the investigations will take, it’s understandable why that verbiage was used.

Naturally, the letter also mourned losing Hutchins and producers were in close contact with her family. They also informed everyone Souza was recovering and they were “supporting him however we can knowing just how difficult his journey is.”

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