Yesterday, October 21st, we learned that Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that killed one and wounded another. Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography on Rust, died from her wounds. The shot also wounded the film’s director Joel Souza. At that time, they transported the director to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center by ambulance. They sent Hutchins to the University of New Mexico Hospital by helicopter. Today, Souza is out of the hospital.
Deadline discovered the information on Twitter. One of the film’s stars, Frances Fisher, stated that Joel Souza was discharged from the hospital in multiple online conversations. However, reps for the Rust director have not issued a statement on his condition at the time of writing.
The first interaction came when Patricia Arquette shared a touching message to the family of Halyna Hutchins and well-wishes for Souza. She did so while sharing an article about the incident. Fisher replied to her tweet saying, “Director Joel Souza told me he’s out of the hospital.”
Fisher spoke on Souza’s condition again while taking a journalist to task. She tagged the journo and said, “Those quotes are incorrect. And our director Joel Souza is out of the hospital.”
More About the Incident that Injured Joel Souza, Killed Halyna Hutchins
The incident took place yesterday on The Bonanza Creek Ranch, the set of an upcoming western titled Rust. During rehearsals, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. Something went wrong and projectiles struck both Hutchins and Souza. It hit Joel Souza in the shoulder and Hslyna Hutchins in the stomach.
Later that day, investigators from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene. They questioned Alec Baldwin and several others about the incident. In the end, they released Baldwin without charges. “Mr. Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released. No arrests or charges have been filed,” an SFSD official told Deadline. However, the publication reported that the investigation is ongoing.
Hollywood History Repeats Itself
As of now, it seems that the incident was a tragic accident, much like the one that killed Brandon Lee during the production of The Crow. That incident occurred when a dummy round’s lead projectile was lodged in a prop revolver’s cylinder. Without checking, they loaded a blank behind the projectile. When an actor fired the gun, the blank went off with enough force to propel the projectile into the promising young actor. It was his biggest role. Today, The Crow is a cult classic largely due to his standout performance. It likely would have propelled Lee to success as an actor.
Brandon Lee’s sister sent her condolences to the family of Halyna Hutchins, and well-wishes to Joel Souza in a tweet earlier today. She added “No one should be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”