Alec Baldwin ‘accidentally’ shoots woman with prop gun on set
Published: 11:29 AM, 22 October 2021 Updated: 03:30 PM, 22 October 2021
US actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a film set in the US state of New Mexico, killed a cinematographer and wounded the director of the film.
The incident took place on the set of “Rust” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a production house located near Santa Fe which is popular with Hollywood filmmakers, in the southwestern US state where Alec Baldwin is playing the lead in a 19th-century western.
Confirming the matter, the sheriff in Santa Fe said in a statement on Thursday that “Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin”.
Halyna Hutchins, 42, was transported to hospital by helicopter but died of her wounds, the sheriff also said, adding that Joel Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance and is receiving treatment. “The director is in critical condition.”
“No charges have been filed over the incident,” Santa Fe sheriff told the media, referring to the incident as the “accident”.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the production also referred to the incident as an “accident”, saying that the accident involved the “misfire” of a prop gun with blanks.
Co-produced by Alec Baldwin and stars as ‘Harland Rust’, the movie “Rust” is based on an outlaw whose grandson is convicted of murder, and who goes on the run with him when the boy is sentenced to hang for the crime.
“Rust” also stars Jensen Ackles (“Supernaturals”) and Travis Fimmel, best known for playing Ragnar Lothbrok in “Vikings”.
It is to be mentioned that movie sets usually have stringent rules over the use of prop weapons, but accidents also have taken place. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died during the filming of “The Crow” after being shot by a gun that was supposed to fire blanks.
Alec Baldwin garnered his popularity for his long-running portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live”, a character that irritated the former president, but Baldwin won a Primetime Emmy for the role.
Source: AFP, BBC, Reuters.