- Film stars and crew are paying tribute to Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer who died on set.
- Police reported that Hutchins was died after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of “Rust.”
- The director of the movie, Joel Souza, was also injured in the accident but is now out of hospital.
Film stars and crew are paying tribute after the tragic passing of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer who died on the set of “Rust.”
According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Alec Baldwin, who stars in the movie, discharged a “prop firearm” that killed Hutchins and injured the director Joel Souza on Thursday. “Rust” cast member Frances Fisher tweeted on Friday that Souza had told her that he had left the hospital.
On Friday, Joe Manganiello, who recently worked with Hutchins on the movie “Archenemy,” wrote a tribute on Instagram for the cinematographer.
“I woke up to the messages and read the news and I am in shock,” he began the caption on the post. “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.”
Manganiello continued: “She was a fantastic person. 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,” the 44-year-old actor added.
The director of “Archenemy” Adam Egypt Mortimer retweeted a thread he made last year about filming with Hutchins. Mortimer also tweeted: “I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”
-Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) November 22, 2020
Multiple directors and cinematographers including Jame Gunn have also paid tribute.
“My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets,” the “Suicide Squad” director tweeted. “I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.”
A friend of Hutchins and fellow cinematographer, Elle Schneider, wrote on Twitter: “Sick and devastated to hear that my friend and rockstar cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set today in New Mexico. I don’t have words to describe this tragedy. I want answers. I want her family to somehow find peace among this horrific, horrific loss.
“Halyna was shooting the Western RUST when she died,” Schneider continued. “Women cinematographers have historically been kept from genre film, and it seems especially cruel that one of the rising stars who was able to break through had her life cut short on the kind of project we’ve been fighting for.”
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“Survive The Game” director James Cullen Bressack tweeted: “I will never use anything but airsoft and rubber guns on my movies ever again. This should never have happened. Halyna, you were a gem. This is so fucked up. #HalynaHutchins.”
The official account of Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, also paid tribute. Brandon Lee was killed on the set of “The Crow” in 1993 after a bullet that was lodged in the barrel of a prop gun was propelled out by a blank round.
Brandon’s sister Shannon, who runs the account, wrote: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on ‘Rust.’ No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
-Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021