Film crew member David Halls has broken his silence following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set of Rust.
During the incident, Halls handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded gun under the impression that it was a prop gun which inadvertently resulted in the death of Ms. Hutchins.
His role in the death of Ms. Hutchins has been met with scrutiny after telling police that he failed to fully examine the firearm before handing it over to Baldwin.
Yesterday, Halls told the New York Post that he is “shocked and saddened” by the death of Hutchins but didn’t directly address the shooting.
“Halyna Hutchins was not just one of the most talented people I’ve worked with, but also a friend”.
He added, “It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to re-evaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again,”.
Halls, being the first assistant director, was responsible for handling and checking weapons on set along with armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
He also announced “cold gun” which effectively means the gun shoots fake rounds.
During a search warrant, he told detectives that he “should have checked” that all the rounds inside the weapon were fake rounds but said that he didn’t.
The live round shot by Baldwin struck Hutchins as well as director Joel Souza. Hutchins died as a result of her injury while Souza survived.
A petition which calls for the removal of live firearms from film sets has gathered nearly 100,000 signatures, noting that the sound and flash effects can easily be added to rubber bullets.
Stating, “My thoughts are with all who knew and loved Halyna”, Halls said that he was “overwhelmed by the love and support”.
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