“Rust” Cinematographer Killed By Alec Baldwin Was a Fatal Mistake

This Mistake Strikes Up Conversation About Safety on Set

Miranda Miller, Co-Editor In Chief

Alec Baldwin, an A-list celebrity who is widely known for his movies Boss Baby and Beetlejuice, has been filming a new, low-budget film Rust, in New Mexico.  On the set, the cast, and crew were falsely informed that the firearm being used had not been loaded with ammunition.  This became fatal when A-list celebrity, Alec Baldwin, was running through the scene before rolling the camera and accidentally fired the prop, killing the film’s cinematographer, 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins.  

     In an article posted by The New York Times, it was found that director Joel Souza, reported to detectives that the gun went off and he was harmed by the bullet.  Investigators of the case have determined that the bullet passed completely through Hutchins’ midsection and came out to hit Souza.  

     Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the incident, telling TMZ reporters, “We have to realize that when it does go wrong and it’s this horrible, catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place.”  Baldwin was reported calling this incident a “one in a trillion event”.  

     This event has initiated new discussions on the safety of movie sets and limiting the use of firearms.  Friends of Baldwin, actors Angelina Jolie and Dwayne Johnson have come forward with their thoughts on the use of guns on set.  Johnson has vowed to never use a real firearm on set after seeing the consequences of this incident.  The Daily Mail reported that Jolie says she is always careful and follows the procedure when these weapons are present on set.  

     Following the event, claims were filed that the set of Rust was unsafe.  Alec Baldwin denies these claims, telling reporters, “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.”  The film’s costume designer Terese Magpale Davis has been reported by BBC defending the set saying, “the story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions” was false.  

     The New York Times reports that authorities of Santa Fe county are continuing to investigate this incident, trying to find whether Baldwin or anyone working on the set should be prosecuted as guilty of charges from the event.