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What we know about the movie ‘Rust’

The disturbing turn of events on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest film is like something, well, out of a movie.

Here is an overview of the horrific events that happened:

Exactly what happened?

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said late Thursday that deputies responded to a call that someone had been shot on the set in the western Rust, at Bonanza Creek Ranch around 1:50 p.m. The office reported that two people, a woman and a man, had been shot, apparently when a “prop firearm” was printed, but they did not name the victims, one of whom said they had died after being transported to a local hospital and another who received emergency medical care. The shooter was also unnamed, and deputies continued to investigate.

Two hours later, the office identified that Halyna Hutchins, film photographer for Rust, as the woman who died. Writer / director Joel Souza was the second person shot. The shooter, they said, was Baldwin.

“This investigation is still open and active,” law enforcement said. “No one has been charged in connection with the incident. Witnesses are still being interviewed by detectives.”

The cast and crew on Rust filmed near Santa Fe, N. Mex., when Alec Baldwin, the film’s star and producer, fired a firearm that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and writer / director Joel Souza. (Photo: Sam Wasson / Getty Images)

Who are the victims?

Hutchins, 42, was born in Ukraine. She had a husband, Matthew, and a son. Professionally, she received a master’s degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University and worked as an investigative journalist on documentaries. In 2015, she graduated from the American Film Institute, and just four years later, American film photographer the magazine called her a rising star. She worked on dozens of projects, such as Arch-enemy, with Joe Manganiello, the horror film from 2019 Darlin ‘ and this year The crazy hatter. According to IMDb, she was signed on to make two short films that were marked as in “pre-production” and another that was in “post-production”, even though she was filming Rust.

Halyna Hutchins was 42. (Photo: Mat Hayward / Getty Images for AMC Networks)

Halyna Hutchins was 42. (Photo: Mat Hayward / Getty Images for AMC Networks)

She was loved by many of her colleagues who praised her on social media. They said she was “a ray of light” and “an ally of everyone in front of her camera.” They praised her “enormous” talent and “living command of space” in a field that has traditionally been dominated by men. Manganiello wondered if she could handle any pressure. “Everyone who knew her messed up for her,” he said.

As for Souza, he has directed several films since his writing and directing debut, the 2015 film Hanna’s gold, a PG-rated fairy tale that featured the late Luke Perry. He has directed a handful of films since then, including the 2019 crime drama Crown Vic, which Baldwin also produced.

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Rust author / director Joel Souza has been released from hospital. (Photo: Jim Spellman / Getty Images)

What is Souza’s condition?

Souza was released from the hospital late Thursday, which Rust actress Frances Fisher explained on Twitter, in response to actress Patricia Arquette’s words of sympathy for the victims.

Frances Fisher said Thursday night that Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  (Photo: Twitter)

Frances Fisher said Thursday night that Joel Souza had been released from the hospital. (Photo: Twitter)

What did Baldwin say?

The actor released his first statement about the tragedy on Friday morning:

“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,” he said. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to resolve how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband and offer my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna. “

Pictures of the actor taken off Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper after the shooting seemed to show him doubled in grief.

Will Baldwin – or anyone – be charged?

The tragedy hit the set in Alec Baldwin's film

The tragedy hit the set in Alec Baldwin’s film Rust. (Photo: Mark Sagliocco / Getty Images for National Geographic)

Unclear. Baldwin was photographed outside the sheriff’s office, where he had spoken to deputies. (He said in his public statement that he “cooperates with the police investigation.”) The person who handled the guns on the set – the film’s armor, was reportedly also interviewed by the authorities.

On Friday afternoon, officials said no charges had been filed and that their investigation remained open. An order had been issued on the property. Pr New Mexican newspaper, the accompanying statement said Baldwin was told the gun was a “cold gun”, with no live rounds.

Local District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told CNN it was too early to say what would eventually happen.

“This case is still in its preliminary investigation,” she said Friday. “We are assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and have offered our full support to them. At this time we do not know if charges will be brought. We will investigate all facts and evidence of the case with great discretion and have further information at a later date. Our thoughts are all affected by this tragedy. “

The State Office of Occupational Health is also investigating.

How could a plug gun have hurt anyone?

USA Today reported in the wake of the tragedy that the term “prop gun” can be used to describe either a fake gun or a real gun used as a prop that can fire items rather than traditional bullets, on a film set. However, even items can be dangerous, as they often use some kind of paper or plastic – they are missing the ball – to keep the gunpowder in a round. Depending on where and how they are fired, they could injure someone, as evidenced by the sad death of actor Jon-Erik Hexum in 1984, who died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a blank on the CBS show. Cover up. In 1993, actor Brandon Lee died infamously while filming a scene in The collar – something people talked about again after Hutchin’s death.

IATSE Local 44, an association of prop masters, said late Thursday in an email to members that Rust gun had contained “a living single round”. However, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office said it had not yet been determined.

What’s up with a walkout?

Several sources told Deadline that just hours before filming, seven members of the film’s crew had left the job in protest. “We quoted [in resignation letters] everything from non-payment for three weeks, to taking our hotels away despite having asked for them in our offer, lack of Covid security and on top of that, poor gun security! Bad security period! “One of the members allegedly wrote on a private Facebook page.” They picked up four non-union guys to replace us and tried to call the police on us. “

Outlet reported that there had been “at least one previous incident involving a misfire of a weapon used days before in a scene.” And said it: “Even before Rust went into production, a number of armor rejected the concert, citing concerns about the film’s budget and the large amount of firearms to be used. ”

Separately, three unnamed crew members told Los Angeles Times that standard industry safety protocols “were not strictly followed” on the set, and that at least one camera operator had complained to production managers about the lack of gun safety. A crew member told the newspaper that the previous Saturday, Baldwin’s stunt double had accidentally fired two rounds after he was told that the weapon he was using had no ammunition in it. “There should have been an investigation into what happened,” the crew member said. “There were no security meetings. There was no assurance that it would not happen again,” the crew member said. The times. “All they wanted to do was hurry, hurry, hurry.”

The newspaper noted that Hutchins was one of the people who called for safer conditions.

In a statement, the film’s Rust Movies LLC said they planned to conduct an internal investigation: “The safety of our cast and crew is a top priority for Rust Productions and all affiliates of the company. Although we were not made aware of any official complaints regarding weapons or “proprietary safety on set, we conduct an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down. We will continue to work with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provide mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time.”

What happens next? Will the film ever be finished?

Production on Rust closed immediately, and a spokesman for the film told Deadline that it would remain so “for an indefinite period.”

“The entire cast and crew have been completely devastated by today’s tragedy and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” the spokesman said Thursday. “We have stopped production of the film for an indefinite period and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will provide advice to anyone associated with the film as we work to address this horrific event.”

Meanwhile, at least one show, ABC police drama Novice, took steps to prevent a similar tragedy from happening. Showrunner Alexi Hawley wrote in a note from the staff obtained by Hollywood Reporter that “live” guns were banned from the set and that in future they would only use “Air Soft guns”, which the trade publication described as “effective BB guns that use some form of pill instead of bullets, which means that they produces less energy than a gun. “

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