Action hero says there should never be ‘live gunpowder’ around film sets
Action hero Dolph Lundgren knows a thing or two about filming violent movie scenes.
NS”Rocky IVThe 64-year-old actor is as fearless as he is, but even he was stunned to learn about the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” last month, which killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins And director Joel Souza was injured.
“It’s a serious business, having real firearms on a film set. Usually an arsenal, they’re very serious people and they’re very committed and the guns are checked,” Lundgren said.
Lundgren reported that “it’s been 35 years” since he tried to wrap his mind around a similar tragedy. His former co-star, Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed by a prop gun during the shooting of “The Crow” in 1993.
“Whenever I can remember it happened to Brandon Lee,” said former karate champion Lundgren.
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“It’s crazy,” Lundgren continued of the “rusty” tragedy. “I don’t know how it happened. There should never be any live gunpowder around the set of a movie.”
Lundgren is no stranger to making a gruesome fight or shootout scene look real. In fact, he once punched his “Rocky IV” co-star Sylvester Stallone So hard that it took him several days in the hospital, close to death. Still, if his successful career has taught him anything so far, it’s that there are several protocols in place to ensure gun safety is a top priority.
“I used to set some dry fire in the ground before using it. There is a protocol which is very strict and I am sure the security on the set is going to be even higher [strict] Now,” action icon added.
The Swedish actor is gearing up for the upcoming release of “Castle Falls”, in which he starred and directed. While the action-packed film sequences are sure to make audiences race, Lundgren said he opted to use special effects for the gun-related scenes.
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“You can do CGI flash and you can also animate the shell fired from the weapon. All the multi-flash and all the bullets fired from the gun, it’s done on the computer,” he said. “But some movies, I think a [Alec] Baldwin was a period piece so he used a revolver or something like that. Maybe that’s why he chose to use blanks.”
While rehearsing a scene for Indie-Western, Baldwin was handed a Colt revolver by assistant director Dave Hall. He fired the gun, which was somehow loaded with a live round that was discharged, killing Hutchins.
The day after the shooting, Baldwin publicly vowed to assist in any way the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation into the case, which left a grieving husband and father with a 9-year-old son, in mourning. He too an emotional encounter With Hutchins’ family a few hours after shooting.
Alec tweeted“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins.”
“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina,” concluded the actor.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the incident and said it was “Very early“to comment on possible allegations during a press conference on October 27. However, Sheriff Adan Mendoza referred to the department’s efforts as a”criminal investigation,
“I would be careful in using the word ‘accident,'” Mendoza said during an appearance on Thursday “Granthshala and Friends”.
“It’s clearly a tragedy, and it could have been avoided, so for now it’s a criminal investigation,” he said. To date, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Meanwhile, Baldwin is one of several crew members who have come under investigation for the fatal shooting. Many are wondering how the live round ended on set in the first place, and recent lawsuits have argued that the scene Baldwin was filming didn’t even require the actor to use a gun.
“Rust” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell is among the plaintiffs who have filed suit against Baldwin and other producers. Represented by high-powered attorney Gloria Allred, Mitchell is claiming assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional harm. Her trial also names Hall, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid and prop master Sarah Zachary.
Script supervisor joins the set’s gaffer Serge Svetnoy take civil legal action, In his lawsuit, Svetnoy says that Baldwin “paid the duty” to the plaintiffs and other crew members to treat the Colt revolver they had been handed over as a loaded weapon. The suit reportedly claims that Baldwin only needed to aim the weapon at the camera, not point it at anyone.
Svetnoy also claimed in the lawsuit that he was struck by gunshot “discharge material”, missing a projectile “narrowly” before killing Hutchins. He said he suffered “injury, including severe emotional distress, as a direct and immediate consequence of the incident.”