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Alec Baldwin murderer – Brandon Lee’s fiancee speaks out on the ‘avoidable tragedy’ of Alec Baldwin’s accidental shooting incident
Eliza Hutton, the fiancee of late actor Brandon Lee, spoke out about the tragic accidental shooting on the set of “Rust” that so closely mirrored the death of the late actor in 1993.
Lee, the son of acclaimed martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, died on the set of the 1994 film “The Crow” toward the end of filming when actor Michael Massee fired a gun that was improperly loaded with dummy rounds directly at the actor’s chest. It didn’t take long before people drew similarities between Lee’s death and the accidental shooting involving Alec Baldwin that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead on the set of the indie-western “Rust.”
Speaking for the first time since Lee died at age 28, Hutton explained to People how heartbroken she is to know that yet another group of loved ones is feeling the same heartache she felt all those years ago.
“Twenty eight years ago, I was shattered by the shock and grief of losing the love of my life, Brandon Lee, so senselessly. My heart aches again now for Halyna Hutchins’ husband and son, and for all those left in the wake of this avoidable tragedy,” she told the outlet.
Lee and Hutton reportedly planned to marry in April of 1993 after filming on “The Crow” wrapped. However, he was killed in the March 31 accident in the final week of production when the gun used on set was not properly checked before filming a scene in which his character was murdered.
According to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, obtained by Fox News, the actor and crew were setting up a shot that required Baldwin to cross-draw a revolver and point the weapon at the camera. However, thanks to a shadow that was coming into the church structure from light outside, the camera had to be adjusted to a different angle. Baldwin was working with the director and the cinematographer demonstrating how he was going to draw his revolver from its holster and where his arm would be for the new shot. While demonstrating, the firearm went off killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
As police investigate the tragedy, many are seizing the opportunity to call on Hollywood productions to eliminate the use of real firearms and live ammunition on movie sets. Hutton joined those people in her interview.
“I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets,” she explained.
Lee’s sister, Shannon, also spoke out about the “Rust” shooting, writing on his official Twitter page: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on ‘Rust.’ No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
They are not alone in calling on Hollywood to take action to prevent this tragedy from happening again. In a Change.org petition started by filmmaker Bandar Albuliwi, more than 41,000 people have signed and are calling on Baldwin specifically to use his “power and influence in the Hollywood film industry” to call for a ban on live firearms on sets.
“We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again,” the petition reads.
“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. This isn’t the early 90’s, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost.”
Shannon Lee further stressed her calls for change in Hollywood regarding on-set firearms in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think that in this day and age with all the special effects that are possible and all of the technology, there is no reason to have a prop gun or a gun on a set that can fire a projectile of any sort,” she said. “It is not necessary, and I would love to see some changes made industry-wide. My brother’s fiancee and I have been talking about it. I think we wish we had thought to do more 28 years ago, and we would love to do that now.”
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I knew Michael Massee, the actor who accidentally shot and killed Brandon Lee. It absolutely destroyed him. He never recovered.
I am astounded by the cruelty of some of these posts on Alec Baldwin.
The stupidity of this crowd, however, is no longer a surprise.
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) October 24, 2021
Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Claim
The actor was informed a firearm being used as a prop was safe before he discharged it on the set of “Rust,” killing the film’s cinematographer and injuring its director, law enforcement officials said.
On a ranch in northern New Mexico, where the cottonwoods and the dusty foothills have formed the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was filming a new film on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, required a gun.
An assistant director picked up one of three prop guns that the film’s armorer had set up outside on a gray cart, handed it to Mr. Baldwin, and, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Joel Cano of the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office, yelled “Cold Gun!”– which was supposed to specify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.
When Mr. Baldwin fired the gun, law enforcement officials said, it hit and killed the film’s cinematographer and injured its director– and raised new doubts about firearms safety on film sets.
The assistant director “did not know live rounds were in the prop-gun” when he gave it to Mr. Baldwin, according to the affidavit, which was made as part of a search warrant application. The affidavit did not stipulate what type of ammunition the gun had been loaded with.
The assistant director on the set of “Rust” where Alec Baldwin shot a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had formerly allowed an unsafe working environment on productions, according to a prop maker who worked with him.
Dave Halls “at first he seemed like an older, affable first [assistant director] with the usual run of idiosyncrasies, but that facade soon disappeared,” according to prop maker Maggie Goll, who said she was contacted to work on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February 2019.
” He did not maintain a safe working environment,” Goll said in a detailed report to NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become progressively claustrophobic, no well established fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”
According to court files, Halls gave the prop gun to Baldwin just before the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, signaling inaccurately that the weapon didn’t carry live shells by yelling “cold gun.”
The gun was one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted, according to the records. Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to 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 actually fired. Gutierrez cleared away a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she gave the weapon over to police when they got there, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email communications seeking remark. The Associated Press was not able to get in touch with Gutierrez, and several communications mailed to production agencies affiliated with the film were not promptly returned Friday.
The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing near Hutchins when she was shot.
” I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,'” Mitchell told The Associated Press. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Mitchell stated she and other crew members were participating in a private commemoration Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident.”
A troubled Baldwin was photographed outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday embracing and speaking with Matt Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, and their nine-year-old son.
Alec Baldwin has been seen comforting the family of the cinematographer he inadvertently killed on the set of his movie, as further reports developed on Sunday of unpleasant exercises during the shooting of the Western “Rust”.
Baldwin’s stunt double unintentionally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold”– language for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammo, including blanks– two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
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