Director of photography Halyna Hutchins succumbed to her injuries. The director was also injured.
Incredible drama in New Mexico this Thursday: the shooting of the new movieAlec baldwin, Rust, ended up in the blood. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed on set, and director Joel Souza was injured.
Filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch, south of Santa Fe, the western is produced and embodied by Alec baldwin. And it is precisely the star who used the pistol that led to the death of the technician. Hutchins, was taken by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she died. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, where he received emergency care for his injuries, according to early feedback from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
What exactly happened? For now, details are still unclear, but in a press release (via Variety), the sheriff explains that “Hutchins and Souza were shot, when a gun was discharged by Alec baldwin, 68 years old “. Obviously, the weapon in question should have been dummy. No one has been arrested in the incident and no charges have been laid, the office said, suggesting that it is indeed a dramatic accident, for which the responsibilities have not yet been laid. established. Alec baldwin was questioned by investigators in the evening, in tears. Investigation “open and active” is in progress.
“We received the devastating news tonight that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer for a production called Rust, in New Mexico, has died from injuries sustained on set.”Union president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement. “Details are unclear at this time, but we are working to find out more and we wish there was a full investigation into this tragic event.. “
Director Joel Souza told me he’s out of hospital.
– Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 22, 2021
Actress Frances Fisher tweeted Thursday night that Joel Souza was released from the hospital. Of course, the production expressed its “devastation“. Rust Movie Productions LLC assures us that it”will cooperate fully with the investigation. All of the cast and crew were absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to Halyn’s family and loved ones. We have ceased production of the film indefinitely and are fully cooperating with the investigation by the Santa Fe Police Department. ”
So how did such a drama come about? The sheriff’s office remains cautious: “According to investigators, it appears that the scene that was being filmed at the time involved the use of a dummy firearm, with blank bullets. Detectives are investigating how it happened and what type projectiles were fired. “
The western Rust written and directed by Souza, also stars Jensen Ackles, Brady Noon and Travis Fimmel. Alec baldwin was to play there an infamous outlaw, who comes out of retirement to help his 13-year-old grandson, convicted of an accidental murder …
#BREAKING: @santafesheriff investigating incident at #Rust movie set on Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. Pic from @ KOB4 # Chopper4 shows an old church set blocked off, and set security confirms its lockdown. Other pic of Rust cast / crew. pic.twitter.com/8Cw9eg8kec
– Tessa Mentus (@TessaMentus) October 21, 2021