The Weapons Officer from the movie ‘Rust’ I was unaware that there were “live bullets” on the set where the cinematographer died after the actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun during a trial, his lawyers said Friday.
Ultimately, this set would never have been compromised if no live ammunition had been introduced“According to a statement released by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys. Hannah has no idea where the live bullets came from.
The statement is the first pronouncement by Gutierrez-Reed, 24, after last week Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for ‘Rust’, died in a hospital in New Mexico, where the western starring and co-produced by Baldwin, 63, was filmed.
The young woman’s lawyers denied in the text the different versions that circulated in the media that the weapons had been used to practice target shooting during recordings which were held at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a famous location among Hollywood producers.
“Hannah and the propmaster had control over the weapons and she never saw anyone shoot live bullets with these weapons, nor would she allow it,” the statement said.
The weapons were placed «locked every night and during lunch and there is no way that any of them were out of control to be shot by the team, “he adds.
In the set of ‘Rust’ there were three weapons, according to the authorities.
Precarious working conditions and security breaches
According to the testimonies released by the investigators, Gutierrez-Reed placed the weapons in a cart, whence the assistant director, Dave Halls, took the LL Pietta Long Colt 45 revolver and handed it to Baldwin yelling “cold pistol,” the movie jargon to signal that the gun is unloaded.
Halls, later acknowledged to investigators that did not completely check the gun before handing it over.
Baldwin explained to the team how he would position the weapon for a scene when it detonated, hitting Hutchins, 42, and production manager Joel Souza, 48. Souza, wounded in the shoulder, was discharged shortly thereafter, while Hutchins was pronounced dead in a hospital to which she was transferred by helicopter.
The authorities found some 500 replies, between salvos, false and real, reported this week the sheriff of the county of Santa Fe, Adan Mendoza. “There was some complacency on this set,” Mendoza said.
Members of the ‘Rust’ team made complaints about working conditions and security breaches, even commenting that there were two previous shooting incidents on set before Hutchins’ death.
Hannah so far never had an accidental shot. The first [disparo] on this set it was from the prop manager, and the second was from a double after Hannah informed him that the gun was loaded with salvoes, “said his lawyers, who reported that he will issue another statement next week.
The text also questions the security protocols of ‘Rust’ as well as Gutierrez-Reed’s workload and holds production accountable. “The whole set became unsafe due to various factors … This was not Hannah’s fault.”
“Hannah was hired for two jobs on this film, which made it very difficult to focus on her work as a gunsmith. She fought for training, days to keep the weapons and time to prepare for the shots, but in the end this was not considered by the production and its department, “he adds.
“They skipped protocol at some point”
Following the incident, calls for prohibit the use of weapons realism on set, claiming it is possible to use dummy weapons and add realism with special effects in post-production.
For the actor Matthew McConaugheyHowever, the problem is not the weapons but the breach of security measures.
«There is a security protocol, and if it is followed, [el uso de armas de fuego] can be safe on set“Said the Oscar winner in an interview with AFP.
McConaughey said the ‘Rust’ tragedy happened because “they broke protocol at some point. I don’t know if they were in a hurry.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism