‘Rust’ director speaks out after fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins

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Director of War Alec Baldwin has released his first statement since being hospitalized for a gunshot wound from a prop firearm that killed the film’s director of photography.

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“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyana,” Joel Souza said in a statement. First received by Deadline on 23 October. “She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always inspired me to be better.”

He added that he is “humble and grateful for the affection we have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have approached us.”

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“It will definitely help me in my recovery,” he said.

Mr Baldwin – who co-wrote, produced and starred in the film – discharged a prop shotgun on set, allegedly striking Mr Souza’s shoulder and Ms Hutchins, who was taken to a nearby hospital where he was 21. Declared dead on Oct.

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The director was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and released on 22 October.

An affidavit from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office claims Mr Baldwin was given one of several prop guns an assistant director declared a “cold gun” without any live rounds.

According to the affidavit the assistant director “was not aware that live rounds were in the prop gun” and told police that the firearms were inspected by an on-set armour.

According to the affidavit, the shotgun “discharged” at Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 21 and during an indoor rehearsal scene. Police have sought possible footage of the fatal shooting, as well as other firearms on set and phones belonging to crew members who may have recorded the video.

Halina’s husband Matt Hutchins said in a statement on social media on Friday that his wife and the mother of their child “inspired us all with their passion and vision, and their legacy is too meaningful to put into words.”

“Our loss is huge, and we ask that the media please respect the privacy of my family as we process our grief,” he said. “We thank everyone for sharing the images and stories of their lives.”

In his first public remarks since the shooting, Mr. Baldwin said, “There are no words to express my shock and sadness at the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins. “

He said he was cooperating with the authorities; No charges have been filed.

The incident underscored the concerns of film workers about workplace safety and renewed an organized labor push for better working conditions, a national strike with union Hollywood bosses representing about 60,000 film workers. A tentative agreement was reached to postpone.

Members of the Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union and “below-the-line” workers – including grips, set artists and camera operators – have raised concerns and complaints. on social media And in the wake of the recent tragedy to add to the dangers set for bad contracts.

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