Alec Baldwin “always wanted his real gun” on set, according to a wealth of evidence from an investigation into a fatal shooting during filming.
ext news published on Monday said the actor “never liked anything fake like guns and even the rubber knife” during filming. rust.
“He always wanted the right knife, but eventually I gave him the rubber without him knowing. He always wanted his real gun,” Sarah Zachry, the props master, wrote to another crew member three days after the fatal shooting.
Baldwin’s gun accidentally fired on the film set, killing Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, and injuring director Joel Souza, the director, on October 21.
The actor later told police there were no safety issues on set as the crew “did everything right,” according to the newly released evidence.
He added that the team is “very safety conscious” and that “safety with guns is paramount.”
But Baldwin’s testimony appears to be at odds with a damning investigation by the state’s occupational safety and health agencies, which last week slapped his film company with the maximum fine for safety violations.
Also, text messages and emails were released from crew members’ phones showing discussions of safety concerns prior to the shooting.
Ms Zachry referred to two accidental firearm discharges: one involving a stuntman and the other involving a gun aimed at her feet.
Lane Luper, a member of the camera crew, emailed production executives saying that sequences during scenes of shootings “often play out very quickly and loosely,” and attached were body camera footage showing Ms. Hutchins (42) held in battle for their lives.
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Medical officials are heard saying “Halyna, stay with us” as Ms Hutchins lay unresponsive on the floor. Mr. Souza cried out and writhed in pain.
After filming, Baldwin was filmed crying, saying, “You have no idea how incredible this is and how weird this is. I take out the gun, when it clears I turn and cock the gun and the gun goes off. It’s supposed to be a cold weapon.”
In a phone call with Alexandria Hancock, an investigator, Baldwin explained that he pulled the gun’s hammer three-quarters back before releasing it, after which it discharged.
Detective Hancock said she tried to explain to him at the time that if his “finger was on the trigger and he was pulling the hammer back with his thumb, his index finger might still have enough pressure on the trigger to pull it”.
Mr Baldwin had told ABC News that the gun was fired without him pulling the trigger.
The actor said he trusts Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the gunsmith on hire, to give him a “cold” or unloaded gun, adding that she asked him if he wanted to check it out.
“We never had a problem, so I said, ‘No, I’m fine,'” Baldwin said.
Ms Gutierrez-Reed denied bringing live ammunition to the set rust. Previous messages sent during a previous project speak to their apparent willingness to use them.
While working on the film The old wayShe sent messages to Seth Kenney, the gun supplier, asking if she could “shoot hot rounds out of the trapdoor,” according to evidence.
“Wtf is a hot round?” Mr Kenney replied, to which Ms Gutierrez-Reed said, “Like a pretty big load of actual ammo.”
Mr Kenney advised her to “never shoot live ammunition from TV or film guns and only use blanks,” adding, “It’s a grave mistake that always ends in tears.”
“Good to know, I’ll shoot mine anyway,” Ms. Gutierrez-Reed replied.
The investigation is ongoing and awaiting evidence.
Last week, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau said the filmmakers would have to pay the maximum amount of $136,793.
fines for security violations.
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