Armorer, assistant director at the center of the filming probe of Baldwin’s film set
Oct. 24 (Reuters) – As law enforcement investigates the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by actor Alec Baldwin in an accident on the set of “Rust,” court records show that The investigation includes the gunsmith and the assistant director of the film.
Here are some details on both:
Gutierrez, 24, worked as a gunsmith or firearms manager on the set. According to an affidavit filed by a detective from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, she prepared three propeller pistols and placed them on a cart outside the building where the rehearsals were being held.
After the fatal shooting, Gutierrez received the gun and removed a used cartridge case before handing it over to arriving deputies, according to the affidavit.
Gutierrez could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
Just a month before Thursday’s crash, she had explained how she feared her inexperience meant she wasn’t up to the job when she started her first film as chief gunsmith earlier this year – the western “The Old Way” with Nicolas Cage, which is scheduled for release next year.
âI was really nervous at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but doing it went really well,â Gutierrez told the podcast “Voices of the West”. on western films.
Jeffrey W. Crow, who supervised Gutierrez on the Cage movie, told the Los Angeles Times he was impressed with her.
âWorking with Hannah, I’m surprised this all happened under her watch,â Crow told the newspaper. “I thought she was an exceptionally young, promising, very enthusiastic and talented gunsmith.”
Gutierrez followed in the footsteps of his father Thell Reed, a well-known Hollywood gunsmith. According to his biography on the IMDB.com Movie Database, Reed started competitive filming as a boy, starred in Old West shows, and taught gunships to actors such as Russell. Crowe and Brad Pitt.
Reed did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
Assistant director Halls, 62, grabbed one of the prop guns from the cart and led it inside Baldwin, shouting “cold gun” which, on film sets, means the pistol is not loaded with ammunition, including blank, according to the detective’s affidavit.
He was unaware that live ammunition was in the propeller pistol when he handed it to the actor, according to the affidavit.
Halls did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
An experienced Hollywood hand with credits on films including âFargoâ in 1996 and âThe Matrix Reloadedâ in 2003, Halls is also an actor.
On Sunday, NBC News and CNN quoted Hollywood props maker Maggie Goll as saying she raised safety concerns about Halls when they worked together on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” TV series in 2019.
âHe didn’t maintain a safe work environment,â Goll told NBC News. “The sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no fire routes established, exits blockedâ¦ safety meetings were non-existent.”
Film producer Aaron B. Koontz, who worked with Halls on two previous films but was not involved in directing “Rust,” told the Los Angeles Times that Halls was “extremely efficient” and a good manager. .
Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis
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