HomeHana Gutierrez Reid, the pistol-wielding ‘Rust’ shooter expresses shock

Hana Gutierrez Reid, the pistol-wielding ‘Rust’ shooter expresses shock

As an armor maker on film sets, Hannah Gutierrez Reid often encountered cast members and crew who were afraid of guns. But the most enjoyable part of her job was helping change this narrative, and showing the world that “arms are cool.”

Reed said in a podcast interview in September.

Only a month later, her words became painful. On Thursday, cinematographer Halina Hutchins was Actor Alec Baldwin was fatally shot On the set of “Rust” after the actor was handed a backup gun Reed reportedly prepared. In the Western New Mexico group, Reed was responsible for Supervision of all weapons Ensure that they are only handled by the specified individuals, verify that they are loaded in a timely manner with the correct ballistics and teach actors how to safely interact with them.

At 24, Reed had little experience doing this. “Rust” was only her second film as a main armored vehicle—and as shooting details emerged, many in the film industry questioned her employment; The shooting came just hours later The crew left the group, Citing safety complaints and errors.

That day, according to a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office search affidavit obtained by the Associated Press, Reed prepared the three prop guns that Baldwin was to use in a scene. The affidavit said assistant director Dave Holz grabbed one of the guns and handed it to Baldwin before the accident.

Calls to Reed and other members of Rust’s crew—including the property manager who oversaw her work, Sarah Zachary—were not returned. But the prop master who oversaw Reed on her first job as an armor maker in August came to her defense on Saturday, although he admitted he was initially skeptical of her ability.

Although Reid is the daughter of a veteran gunsmith revered throughout the film industry, Old Road — a Nicolas Cage Western film shot over four weeks in Montana in August — featured many of the fights that Mr. Jeffrey insisted W. Crowe on the producers hire someone to focus specifically on the Armory.

“I told them there was no way anyone could make props and weapons in a movie that was armed with safety because there were so many guns,” Crowe, who supervised Reed on “The Old Way,” recalls. “All the armor makers I knew and tried to get were already in business, so I left it up to the producers. I had never heard of Hana until I knew she was going to be my gunslinger, but my suspicions toward her at first, about her lack of experience, faded after I worked with her.”

Crowe said he remains “disappointed” with the fact that Reed could have played a role in the fatal shooting of the New Mexico set of “Rust.” The interview with Crow was conducted prior to the publication of the Daily Beast story where two anonymous sources said there were troubling gun safety issues on the Old Road group. According to the report, Reed handed a gun to child actress Ryan Keira Armstrong without properly examining the gun first. Armstrong’s parents did not return calls to The Times.

Candles surround a portrait of cinematographer Helena Hutchins during a vigil held in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

(Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Crowe insisted that Reade was accurate.

“Working with Hannah, I am amazed that any of this happened under her watch,” Crowe said. “I thought she was exceptionally young, up-and-coming, very enthusiastic and talented. She lacked a lot of experience, but coming from her family’s bloodline, I thought she was exceptional and professional, and I think she had – I still think she was – many years of an amazing career ahead of her.”

Reed grew up on Hollywood sets, often accompanying her father, a former Marine who worked as Brad Pitt’s weapons instructor on “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and worked as a fast-drag expert on “Django Unchained”. She said her favorite childhood memories with her father were visiting the set of the 2007 movie “3:10 to Yuma” when she was 10 years old.

“He took me out of fifth grade classes for two weeks, and just tried to run around,” Reid recalls in September on the Voices of the West podcast. “It immediately made me, like, ‘I want to make movies when I grow up. “I used to stop the craft [services] With a few plastic guns and everything and be, like, “Give me the pistachios!”

She continued that her father took her “from being totally green and taught me everything,” noting that he bought her a Colt Peacemaker pistol to use in addition to the Walther P22 she already owns.

In 1959, Petaluma Argus-Courier named 15-year-old Thell Reed—who grew up in Downey—as one of the fastest guns in the world. The claim came after he drew and fired a .38 caliber pistol at 8/100 of a second, which means he “could draw and kill Billy the Kid while he starts to blink,” the story said. Thell went on to become Evel Knievel’s “drinking companion”, says The Times in 1982. He also worked as a trick shooter at the Gene Autry road show and once earned $50,000 in a one-on-one shootout in Texas.

Despite her experience with her father, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed admitted she was so worried about becoming the gunsmith in “Old Way” that she “almost never took the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready.” She said in an interview with the podcast that loading blanks in guns was the “most terrifying thing” for her, until her father helped her train them.

On the set, she said, she was often judged based on her age and gender. Several actors would walk into the prop department and look at Crowe instead, expecting he was the gunsmith, she said, “I’ll be, like, ‘Don’t look at him.'” Look at me.'”

“I don’t do anything unless I’m the best at it, really,” Reed said on the podcast, adding that she rides a Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster. “I am very competitive. I hope to grow to the point where I am pretty much just an untouchable person who has all the knowledge of everything.”

Reade studied cinematography and film production at Northern Arizona University, graduating in 2020, according to her LinkedIn profile. While in college, she worked as a videographer for an electronic music company and made documentaries for Flagstaff, Arizona.

After “Old Way,” she was scheduled to work on a new caged movie — Butcher’s Crossing — as an armored assistant, but the position was cut short, Crowe said.

Although he declined to speculate on what might happen on the set of “Rust,” Crowe said he hoped Reed would eventually be acquitted.

“This is not a typical role for a woman – especially a young woman,” he said. “I had a lot of faith in her, and I still believe in her. I would be surprised if there was anything she was ultimately responsible for in all of this, just seeing how she acted in the past. This is all a surprise.”

Times researcher Carrie Schneider contributed to this report.

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