310: Road Trip: Reckless Rust — The Death of Halyna Hutchins (Part 1)

Episode 310: On October 21, 2021, a tragic accident occurred on the set of the low-budget old-west movie Rust, filmed on a New Mexico ranch. Wife, mother and Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot, and writer/director Joel Souza, 48, was injured. It was the lead actor and producer, Alec Baldwin, who was holding the prop gun that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza. Somehow, it contained a live round. Investigations also revealed other live rounds on set, which is never supposed to happen.

Baldwin and the film’s inexperienced armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Dave Halls, 63, serving as the first assistant director on the film, entered a no-contest plea in accordance with a deal made with prosecutors, accepting responsibility for the misdemeanour offence of negligent use of a deadly weapon linked to the death of Halyna Hutchins. Numerous civil suits have also been filed, with accusations of negligence being levelled against several parties, including the production company itself, Hannah Gutierrez and actor Alec Baldwin.

In this first of two parts, you will learn about the tragic trail of events leading up to the shooting.

Sources:

Alec Baldwin “Rust” shooting: A timeline of events in Halyna Hutchins’ death | CBS News

Rust shooting incident

Rust shooting ‘43rd fatal incident on US film set since 1990’

Film set fatalities rise in last decade as production booms

On-set deaths from prop guns are rare — but not unheard of

Safety for Sarah

Directors Guild of Canada

Safety Bulletins – Contract Services

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