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Brandon Lee and Alec Baldwin – Bruce Willis movie films in Las Cruces; 1st NM production since Alec Baldwin’s prop gun shooting
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — A movie with Bruce Willis called “4th Knight” will be filming in Las Cruces over the next several days, the director of the motion picture confirmed ABC-7 on Tuesday.
“It’s been a fantastic process developing it with the city of Las Cruces,” said Edward Drake, the film’s director. “We are proud to be in this part of the world.”
The crew was already work filming a bank robbery scene in downtown Las Cruces at midday Tuesday, although Drake told ABC-7 that Willis had not yet arrived on set.
It is the first movie to be filmed in New Mexico since production was halted on the western movie “Rust” in Santa Fe last week following a deadly shooting involving actor Alec Baldwin’s use of a prop gun.
“Some very tragic circumstances happened in Santa Fe, so we are even more cognizant of safety protocols,” Drake said. “The number one metric I have for ensuring that a film is successful is if everyone can go home at night to their families safe and sound.”
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The assistant director on the film “Rust” who handed Alec Baldwin a loaded gun and then told him it was “cold” was the subject of complaints over safety and behavior on films in 2019, including a disregard for safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics. https://t.co/k84dHrCLQm
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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Actually Safe, Officials Say
The actor was informed a firearm being used as a prop was safe before he shot 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 dust-covered foothills have created the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was shooting a new movie 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 designed to identify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.
When Mr. Baldwin fired the gun, police officials said, it struck and killed the film’s cinematographer and injured its director– and raised new questions 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 establish 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 in the past 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 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 statement to NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no reputable fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”
According to court files, Halls handed the prop gun to Baldwin right before the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, signaling mistakenly that the weapon did not have live shells by shouting “cold gun.”
The gun was just 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 discharged. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to authorities when they got there, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email communications seeking statement. The Associated Press was unable to get in touch with Gutierrez, and several communications sent off to production companies affiliated with the film were not instantly 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 explained she and other crew members were participating in a private memorial service Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin referred to the killing as a “tragic accident.”
A distressed Baldwin was captured on film 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 soothing the family members of the cinematographer he inadvertently killed on the set of his movie, as additional reports emerged on Sunday of troubling practices during the filming of the Western “Rust”.
Baldwin’s stunt double unexpectedly fired two rounds Saturday after being informed that the gun was “cold”– vocabulary for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks– two crew members who watched the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
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