‘Loading blanks was the scariest thing to me’: Rust head armourer new to job

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The daughter of a former model and a Hollywood fast-draw legend was the man responsible for overseeing prop gun safety on the Western set, where actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer.

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Hannah Gutierrez Reid, 24, was the armorer on the set of Rust, which suspended production in New Mexico following the fatal shooting of Helena Hutchins on Thursday.

Ms. Reid is the daughter of longtime Hollywood armorer Thale Reid, who has trained Hollywood stars such as Russell Crowe to handle guns and other prop weapons. Ms Reid recently told the podcast Voice of the West that she tried her hand at acting and modeling before settling on behind-the-scenes jobs.

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“Originally, I planned on working with cameras, or I really like lighting. I wanted to do DP work,” said Ms. Reid, who has a film degree from Northern Arizona University. told the podcast in an episode that aired last month. “I just tried” [armorer work] Once with Dad, and then I noticed I had a really natural knack for it, I grew up around guns my whole life. “

She even considered the job a “very sweet gig,” she said. Before starting on Rust, Ms. Reid shot on Nicolas Cage’s first Western, The Old Way, which was “my first time as Head Armourer too,” she told the podcast.

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Of her role on The Old Way, she said, “I was very nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t land the job,” continuing: “Doing that, it went really smoothly.”

She continued: “I think loading Blanks was the scariest thing for me because I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know anything about that,’ but went on to explain that her father helped with her training.

New Mexico officials are investigating Thursday’s death of 42-year-old Ms Hutchins, a married mother of one. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting and officials said they were deciding whether a charge would be filed.

According to sources in multiple reports, crew members on the low-budget film – starring and produced by Mr Baldwin – had repeatedly complained about unsafe conditions and accidental gun discharges that had already occurred. Several people told reporters that Mr Baldwin’s prop gun fired the projectile that killed Hutchins, hours before the concerns allayed.

In a statement on social media, Mr Baldwin said his heart was “broken for her husband, their son and all those who knew and loved Halina.”

According to the AP, the actor shot the cinematographer with one of three guns that the film’s armor had “set on a carriage outside a wooden structure where a scene was being acted out, according to the record. .

“Assistant Director Dave Hall grabbed the gun from the car and brought it inside Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in the search warrant application.

“It was not clear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell from the gun after the shooting, and when they arrived he handed the weapon over to police, court records say.

The AP reported that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant Friday so investigators could examine Baldwin’s blood-stained dress as well as weapons, other prop guns and ammunition, and any footage that was present.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Alec Baldwin

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