the essential The actor Alec Baldwin shot dead, probably by accident, the director of photography and injured the director of the western he was shooting in the US state of New Mexico, local police reported Friday 22.
On the set of “The Rust”, the American western in which Alec Baldwin is the main actor, a tragedy unfolded. The American actor activated a prop, a supposedly dummy gun, and killed the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injured the director, Joel Souza. Both characters “were shot and wounded when Alec Baldwin unloaded a gun used in the filming,” Santa Fae County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
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The director was evacuated by helicopter to a nearby hospital. But she succumbed to her injuries, doctors said. Joel Souza, 44 years, was admitted to him in intensive care. He would be in “critical condition”, according to the spokesperson for the sheriff heard by The Hollywood Reporter. It would be an “accident” involving the accessory which should have been charged blank.
What is the current situation ?
Thursday evening, the witnesses were heard by the police. No prosecution has yet been initiated. “Investigators are trying to find out what type of projectile was fired” announced the sheriff’s services, assuring that they were trying to understand the circumstances of the tragedy.
The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper in the state where “the accident happened” published photos of the actor, taken shortly after the accident. Alec Baldwin appears devastated, on the phone with an interlocutor whose identity we do not know. On a second shot, he appears shaken by the drama.
BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director. How on earth could this have happened?
Pics: Jim Weber @thenewmexican pic.twitter .com / xrvcheLaCK
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021
“Mr. Baldwin has been questioned by police,” said Santa Fe Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios. “He provided statements and answered some questions. He introduced himself voluntarily and left the building after the interrogations were over. No prosecution was initiated and no arrests were made.” The entire cast and the whole crew are totally devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our sincere condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones, ”the production spokesperson said in a statement. stopped shooting the film for an indefinite period of time and fully cooperate “in the investigation.
Who was Halyna Hutchins?
“He was a wonderful, positive and creative person who was thrilled to break into and make films,” a friend of the late cinematographer, Michael Pessah, told Variety. Halyna Hutchins was born in 1979 in Ukraine, and raised on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle.
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After graduating in International Journalism from Kyiv University, she started her career as an investigative journalist in Eastern Europe. After this experience, she reoriented herself towards the cinema. In Los Angeles first, she accumulated small experiences, then, in 2013, Robert Primes, director of photography awarded an Emmy, supports his candidacy for training at the Amrican Film Institute Conservatory.
After two years of training, she takes care of the photography of many feature films. In 2019, she is one of the American Cinematographer’s “stars to watch” list.
An unprecedented accident?
This death of a person in the middle of filming is not unprecedented. In 1993, it was during the filming of the film “The Crow” that the actor Brandon Lee was shot in the stomach. He eventually succumbed to his injuries. The weapon used to shoot during a scene at the then-aged son of martial arts star Bruce Lee 22 years, was supposed to contain only blank bullets. But the autopsy revealed that he had been hit by a caliber projectile. and dislodged by the detonation of the blank cartridge. The investigating prosecutor had found “negligence”.
Shannon Lee, the Brandon Lee’s sister, expressed her support for the victims, their loved ones and “everyone involved in the incident” on Twitter, adding that “no one should ever be killed by a gun on the set of a movie” .
In 1984, Jon-Erik Hexum, kills himself by shooting himself in the head, while pretending to play roulette Russian on the set of the television series “Cover up”. He was supposed to have a blank weapon. The actor died at the age of 22 years.