‘Rust’ director Joel Souza is out of the hospital after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on set, cast member says

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  • One person died and another was injured after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on set, authorities said.
  • “Rust” director Joel Souza, was taken to the hospital but has since been released, a cast member said.
  • Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography, died, authorities said.

The director Joel Souza has left hospital after the actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the movie “Rust,” a cast member has said.

One person was killed and another was injured after Baldwin fired a prop gun on the movie’s set in New Mexico on Thursday, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said

The film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, died after being transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition, while Souza was taken to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, authorities said.

Early on Friday the “Rust” cast member Frances Fisher tweeted that Souza had told her that he had left the hospital.

“Director Joel Souza told me he’s out of hospital,” she wrote.

“Rust” is the sixth film that Souza has directed in his career and he also wrote the script. The movie follows a 13-year-old boy (Brady Noon) who goes on the run with his estranged grandfather (Baldwin). A week ago, Deadline reported that “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles was joining the ensemble cast that includes Fisher, Baldwin and “Vikings” star Travis Fimmel.

Hutchins is best known for her work on “Archenemy” which starred Joe Manganiello who has paid tribute to her.

On Friday, Manganiello posted a picture of her to his Instagram page and captioned it: “I woke up to the messages and read the news and I am in shock. I was so lucky to have had @halynahutchins as my DP on ‘Archenemy.’ She was an absolutely incredible talent and a great person. She had such an eye and a visual style, she was the kind of cinematographer that you wanted to see succeed because you wanted to see what she could pull off next.”

“She was a fantastic person,” he added. “There was no amount of pressure she couldn’t handle. She was a great collaborator and an ally to anyone in front of her camera. Everyone who knew her was rooting for her. I can’t believe that this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? This is a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and especially to her son. I am so sad today for everyone who knew her and worked with her…”

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