Armors on Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ set once admitted to being ‘nervous’ about abilities

The hood of the set for the movie “Rust,” which has made headlines after a stopper gun used by Alec Baldwin killed film photographer Halyna Hutchins, once expressed doubts about his abilities working with Hollywood movie sets.

Hannah Gutierrez was named in records filed Friday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, related to the fatal shooting. According to records, the gun that took Hutchin’s life and injured director Joel Souza was one of three that Gutierrez had put on a cart outside the building where a scene from the film was being acted out.

The armor, which also goes after Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, appeared on the “Voices of the West” podcast last month, in which she admitted that she was initially reluctant with her abilities.

“I just finished working on ‘The Old Way’ with Nicolas Cage, his very first western. It was also my first time that I was headliner too. You know, I was really nervous about it at first, and it did “I almost did not take the job because I was not sure if I was ready. But it made it really smooth,” she said.

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Private security stand at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, Friday, October 22, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a plug gun at the set of a Westerner who was filmed at the ranch on Thursday, October 21st.  , who killed the cinematographer, officials said.  The film's director was injured and authorities are investigating.

Private security stand at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, Friday, October 22, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a plug gun at the set of a Westerner who was filmed at the ranch on Thursday, October 21st. , who killed the cinematographer, officials said. The film’s director was injured and authorities are investigating.
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Gutierrez is the daughter of the famous Hollywood armor Thell Reed. “Dad has taught me a little now and then about guns since I was 16. But I think we’re really got things going more real in the last couple of years,” she said.

“Originally I had planned to work with cameras, or I also really liked lighting. I wanted to do DP work, but I just tried it with Dad once, and I noticed that I had a natural ability to grow up around guns all my life, “she added when asked about her ambitions in the film industry.

Moments before the fatal shooting, Assistant Director Dave Halls took a stopper gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was filled with live rounds, a detective wrote in the application.

“Cold gun,” shouted Hall.

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Alec Baldwin was seen in tears after a deadly firearm happened on the tower 'Rust' on Thursday, killing film photographer Halyna Hutchins, far left and injured director Daniel Souza, far right.  Souza has since been released from the hospital, said actress Frances Fisher.

Alec Baldwin was seen in tears after a deadly firearm happened on the tower ‘Rust’ on Thursday, killing film photographer Halyna Hutchins, far left and injured director Daniel Souza, far right. Souza has since been released from the hospital, said actress Frances Fisher.
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It was not according to court records. Instead, as Baldwin pulled the trigger, he killed Hutchins and wounded Souza, who was standing behind her.

It was unclear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she handed the weapon to police when they arrived, according to court records.

Halls did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comments to the Associated Press. Gutierrez-Reed could not be reached, and messages sent to production companies associated with the film were not immediately returned Friday.

In the 911 call released Friday, the film’s screenwriter confirmed that it was the film’s ‘director’ and ‘camerawoman’ who was shot, saying she did not know if the gun was filled with a real bullet.

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“We have two injuries from a film pistol shot,” she repeated. The caller then became apparently very frustrated, but it is unclear who the frustration was directed at.

Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident” when he broke his silence about the incident on social media on Friday.

“There are no words to convey my shock and grief over the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I fully cooperate with the police investigation,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”

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No immediate charges were filed, and sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said Baldwin was allowed to travel.

“He’s a free man,” Rios said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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