This is so tragic.
On October 21, it was reported the actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot someone while on set for his new Western film called Rust. Alec reportedly thought the gun was a prop and fatally shot 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was also injured and is recovering.
TMZ reports authorities said no charges have been filed at this time. However, they’re investigating. The filmmakers were shooting a scene for a movie that required someone to fire a gun loaded with blanks. Unfortunately, when the weapon discharged, either shrapnel or a bullet hit two people on set. It’s not clear if real bullets were accidentally loaded into the prop. Alec wasn’t injured.
The 63-year-old actor was spotted in photos looking distraught. Alec released a statement today (October 22) via Twitter. He said, “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and.” It continues,“I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Sheriff’s office: Star’s ‘prop firearm’ kills one, injures another https://t.co/wuFa9DMRBI
— Santa Fe New Mexican (@thenewmexican) October 22, 2021
This is the chatter on social media. Some critics are confused about how this happened; others defend Alec and say it was a mistake.
The Internet is so toxic. Reading what happened with Alec Balwin so many people requesting he needs to be in jail. Like what?Imagine you are doing your job, what you are told to do, and someone dies because an accident that you had 0 control. And still people roasting you. Geez. pic.twitter.com/d0BVJPhogg
— Kath!🌠⚡ (@Katheandr) October 22, 2021
My God how terrible😪 how life changes from one moment to the next. RIP and consolation to the family. May the injured person recover soon and Mr. Baldwin come out safe from this. It looks like is a human mistake. The same happened to a Mexican Actor. A hug from Monterrey México
— ℬ𝒾𝒶𝓃𝒸𝒶 💕 (@BiancaV86491962) October 22, 2021
All of these gun and cinematography experts and not a single person expressed sympathy for Alec or the victims. Welcome to 2021…where being right is more important than being human.
— Kat (@KatInTheCLE) October 22, 2021
Who's in charge of safety at this movie set? No one bothered to check the guns before filming this scene?
Why would you even have live rounds when you are filming a movie??
— Doorman @ Madame Zenobia's (@Heretotellit) October 22, 2021
Why was he pointed a gun at his cinematographer? And has Hollywood learned nothing since the Brandon Lee incident? Negligence.
— Jason Amaro (@Jason_Amaro) October 22, 2021
Films have a required “gun master”. If you’ve been acting for as long as he has, it becomes ingrained that the gun master is god when it comes to those specific props. That’s why these incidents are soo incredibly rare.
— Buckles Galloway (@BuckleGalloway) October 22, 2021
Rule for safety precautions, never assume the gun is safe, double checked it yourself. Is it Alec first time using gun in a set? Bcs check the NRA safety measures you have to double check yourself never assume pic.twitter.com/6GQw1Vt0Vd
— steven (@steven181990) October 22, 2021
What are your thoughts?