aOn Thursday, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reported that actor Alec Baldwin fired a “propaganda firearm” in a movie set south of Santa Fe, killing the director of photography for the movie he was working on and injuring his director.
Baldwin, 63, was seen outside the mayor’s office in a daze and in tears while on the phone. No charges have been filed, according to a press release sent out by the sheriff’s office late Thursday night.
Director of Photography for the Feature Film RustHelena Hutchins, 42, died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, and Director Joel Sousa, 48, was moved to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he was receiving emergency care, according to the sheriff’s office.
Baldwin is one of the film’s stars as well as a producer. Juan Rios, a spokesman for the mayor’s office, said he went to the mayor’s office voluntarily and gave a statement to investigators.
“We treat this as we would any other investigation,” Rios said, adding that lawmakers were still trying to determine whether it was an accident.
The prop was launched at Bonanza Creek Ranch, where filming was underway, the mayor’s office said in an early evening press release. The group was closed down while MPs began their investigations.
Attempts to obtain comment from Baldwin outside the mayor’s office were unsuccessful. The State Film Bureau and the Santa Fe Film Bureau declined to comment.
The mayor’s office said in a statement that deputies are investigating how the accident occurred and “the type of projectile that was fired.”
In a statement, Rust Movie Productions said, “Production is on hold for the time being.” Rust And that “the safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority,” according to Deadline.
The reaction to the incident came in a stormy wave late Thursday.
Fran Drescher, President of the Screen Actors Guild of Television and Radio Artists, and National Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild-Ireland Duncan Crabtree-Ireland released a statement: “We are shocked by this tragic news. Our hearts are with the family of director of photography Helena Hutchins who passed away and director Joel Sousa who was injured and moved. To the hospital. This is still an active investigation and we don’t have all the facts yet. We will continue to work with production, other unions and authorities to investigate this incident and understand how to prevent something like this from happening again.”
Hutchins was a Los Angeles-based cinematographer from Ukraine who grew up on a Soviet military base inside the Arctic Circle, according to her website.
She has a degree in International Journalism from Kiev National University in Ukraine and has worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe.
She graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015 and will continue to earn a place as one of them American cinematographerIts website said the 2019 Rising Stars and Cinematographer for 21st Century Fox Lab in 2018.
Most recently, Hutchins worked as a director of photography for feature films archenemy starring Joe Manganiello, blind fire, a racially charged cop drama starring Brian Geraghty, and Dear’, Horror feature.
Hutchins was also a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600.
In a Tuesday Facebook post, the Hutchins page featured a photo that showed the cast, including Baldwin, on set. He said, “Our stand of solidarity at IATSE is against rust.”
Souza is a filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has directed an American action movie Crown Vic A feature film made in 2019 following the life of a Los Angeles Police Department officer who hunts down two cop killers, according to IMDB.
Baldwin is listed as a writer for Rustnext to Souza.
Accidental discharges or shooting empty guns have been blamed for deaths in previous film productions.
Entertainment news site Deadline reported, “Actor John Eric Hexom was murdered on October 18, 1984, on the set of the television series. cover up When he accidentally shot himself in the head with a pistol loaded with blanks. And in 1993, Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died after being shot. …both incidents have been identified as accidents.”
filming Rust It was scheduled to run through early November, according to a press release from the state’s Bureau of Films.
It has been described as the story of a 13-year-old boy who left to fend for himself and his younger brother after their parents died in Kansas in the 1880s, with New Mexico doubling in Kansas. Baldwin plays the outlaw Rust.
Bonanza Creek Farm has hosted many famous productions, including Hostiles, cowboys and aliens, wild boar, 3:10 to Yuma And Longmire. It has a city of 24 buildings and is suitable for shooting western movies.
Baldwin is considered one of the most versatile actors in television and movies.
A member of the well-known acting family and an Academy Award nominee, he has won several Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards and in recent years has been Saturday Night Live A key element in the cynicism of former President Donald Trump.
New Mexican Reporter Phaedra Haywood contributed to this story.