On Thursday, US police announced that 63-year-old actor Alec Baldwin fired shots with a fake weapon while filming the movie Western, in an accident that killed the film’s director of filming and injured its director.
In a statement, police said that director of photography Haliana Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Sousa, 48, “were shot when Alec Baldwin fired a ‘Chalby’ weapon on the set of the movie “Rust” near Santa Fe, the capital. New Mexico, southwestern United States.
She added that Hutchins was evacuated on a helicopter to a nearby hospital, but “she soon died of her injuries,” while Souza was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and he is currently in the intensive care unit.
The statement explained that the tragedy occurred “while filming a scene on the set of the Western movie Rust,” the films of the American Old West.
No judicial charges have been filed so far in this incident, which is still being investigated, with witness statements being heard, according to the statement.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted a police spokesman as saying that the director was in hospital in a “critical condition”, while a spokesman for the production company said that the “accident” was caused by shooting from a shooting weapon supposed to be loaded with fake bullets.
Filming locations usually have strict rules about the use of claw weapons, but it has not been without incidents. The most famous of these incidents occurred during the filming of “The Crew” when Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed by a pistol that was supposed to be loaded with fake bullets.
Written and directed by Joel Sousa, “Rust” stars Alec Baldwin, who also stars in the role of outlaw Harland Rust, who comes to the rescue of his 13-year-old grandson, who has been sentenced to death by hanging for murder.
And in recent years, Baldwin has grown in fame in the United States thanks to his elaborate imitation of former President Donald Trump on the popular satirical show “Saturday Night Live.”