Brandon Lee’s Former Fiancée Backs Ban on Real Guns on Sets After ‘Avoidable Tragedy’ of ‘Rust’TheWrap – Brandon Lee and Alec Baldwin

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Curious lists regrets to report on the tragic shooting of Halyna Hutchins. Read further to discover what actually happened on set and who is to blame.

Alec Baldwin – Brandon Lee’s Former Fiancée Backs Ban on Real Guns on Sets After ‘Avoidable Tragedy’ of ‘Rust’TheWrap

Eliza Hutton, the woman who was set to marry Brandon Lee just weeks after the actor’s on-set death in 1993, has spoken out following the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.” And she’s joining the chorus of those who believe real guns should be permanently banned from movie sets.

Last Thursday, Hutchins was killed on the set of “Rust” when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that he believed contained no live ammo. In 1993, Brandon Lee — son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee — was similarly killed by a prop gun on the set of “The Crow.”

“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,” Hutton told People. “I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets.”

According to People, Hutton also posted an old photo of her and Lee, captioning it, “There’s no such thing as a prop gun.”

Indeed, it’s important to understand what a “prop gun” actually is. Many assume it refers to non-functional weapons or toy guns that fire caps to produce smoke. Those are also prop guns, but the term can also apply to real guns that are used as props. You can read more about how a “prop gun” can actually deliver a fatal shot here.

In the days following the “Rust” tragedy, the push for the removal of functional guns in Hollywood has only gained momentum. The idea picked up steam over the weekend, with showrunners from ABC’s “The Rookie” and Amazon Prime Video’s “The Boys” promising to remove actual guns from their sets and create gun sound effects digitally.

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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Explain

The artist was informed a gun being used as a prop was safe before he fired 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 created the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was filming a new film on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, needed 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 designed to identify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.

When Mr. Baldwin discharged the gun, police officials said, it hit and killed the film’s cinematographer and injured its director– and raised new uncertainties 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 indicate what kind 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 in the past allowed an unsafe working setting 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 called 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 increasingly claustrophobic, no reputable fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”

According to court documents, Halls gave the prop gun to Baldwin prior to the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, indicating wrongly that the weapon did not carry live shots by shouting “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 unclear the number of rounds were discharged. Gutierrez cleared away a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she handed the weapon over to authorities when they got there, the court records say.

Halls did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking statement. The Associated Press was unable to contact Gutierrez, and several emails sent to production companies connected with the film were not promptly returned Friday.

The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing next to 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 depicted the killing as a “tragic accident.”

A troubled Baldwin was photographed outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday embracing and talking with Matt Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, and their nine-year-old son.

Alec Baldwin has been seen consoling the family members of the cinematographer he mistakenly killed on the set of his movie, as further reports surfaced on Sunday of unpleasant practices during the recording of the Western “Rust”.

Baldwin’s stunt double mistakenly fired two rounds Saturday after being informed that the gun was “cold”– language for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammo, including blanks– two crew members who watched the episode told the Los Angeles Times.

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