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It has been a tough time for actor Alec Baldwin after he accidentally shot and killed his cinematographer and injured his director on the set of his movie “Rust.”
And a new report is likely only going to make things worse.
The Los Angeles Times published a lengthy report after conducting interviews with 14 “Rust” crew members detailing incidents before and after the shooting on the movie set.
The report claims that moments after Balwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, her final words were: “That was no good at all.”
The report alleges that prior to Baldwin holding the .45 caliber Colt revolver, he said: “So, I guess I’m gonna take this out, pull it and go, ‘Bang!’”
During the scene, Baldwin’s character was supposed to fast-draw his weapon and shoot at a rival. [First assistant director Dave] Halls had not pulled the gun’s trigger during the run-throughs he performed. But when Baldwin entered the church to do a quick rehearsal, he apparently did. The bullet barely missed Russell before hitting the DP and the director. The trio was about two feet from the muzzle of the weapon.
After Hutchins was hit, she fell back into the arms of the head electrician and then laid on the ground.
The Times report alleges that an operator told Hutchins, “Oh, that was no good.”
With blood pouring from her chest, Hutchins replied, “No. That was no good. That was no good at all.”
Souza, who had been shot in the shoulder as the bullet passed through Hutchins’ body and hit him, screamed, “What the f***was that? That burns!”
Baldwin allegedly set the gun on the ground and said: “What the f*** just happened?”
The Times pointed out, “A dummy round, which contains no gunpowder and doesn’t fire, would look nearly identical to a bullet when the camera peered down the barrel of the revolver Baldwin was holding, with none of the lethal capabilities. If the rounds had been checked as they went into the gun, Halls would have seen that at least one lacked the small hole or indent that visually differentiates dummies from bullets. He would have also noticed that it didn’t make the signature rattling that proves there’s only a BB — and no gunpowder — in the dummy round.”
Over the weekend, Baldwin broke his silence and talked to reporters about the tragedy that occurred on the set.
“I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation,” he said. “I’ve been ordered by the Sheriff’s Department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation. I can’t.”
“She was my friend,” he said of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. “The day I arrived in Santa Fe to start shooting I took her to dinner with Joel the director.”
The actor’s wife appeared to attempt to interrupt him but he waved her off and said “excuse me” before continuing.
“We were a very very … well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened,” he said.
When one reporter asked Baldwin if he met with the woman’s family he did not say Halyna’s name, prompting Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, to get agitated.
“Her name is Halyna,” he said. “If you’re spending this much time waiting for us you should know her name.”
He called the incident a “one in a trillion event” and said that he would support reforms to how firearms are handled on set.
“It’s urgent that you understand I’m not an expert in this field,” the actor said. “So whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets I’m all in favor of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can.”
On Wednesday that 63-year-old actor tweeted a story about assistant director David Halls admitting that he should have checked the rounds in the gun before giving it to Baldwin.
Halls said that armorer Hannah Gutierrez showed him the firearm before he handed it to Baldwin, declaring it to be “cold,” a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court said.
“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds. He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the detectives said.
“I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set,” he said to the police.
“Hannah advised on the day of the incident, she checked the ‘dummies’ and ensured they were not ‘hot’ rounds,” the affidavit said.
“Hannah advised she handed the gun to Alec Baldwin a couple times, and also handed it to David Halls. When [a detective] asked about live ammo on set, Hannah responded no live ammo is ever kept on set,” it said.