Alec Baldwin Fatally Shot Crew Member. Not The First Tragedy In Cinema History.
Accidents do happen on movie sets. Sometimes an actor falls from a height, gets a cut, or breaks a limb. However, the most recent news involving 63-year-old Alec Baldwin and the fact he shot two people on the set of his new movie had shocked Hollywood. With one person dead and the second in hospital, what exactly do we know about what went on in Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico, and has anyone been charged by the police? And had there been any other cases where actors lost their lives on movie sets? Read on to find out and get the latest news.
Alec Baldwin - Past Full Of Trouble
Where Alec Baldwin’s past is concerned there had been some not-so-nice moments in his past that stick out on his record. In October 1995, when he was still married to Kim Basinger, Baldwin had allegedly attacked a photographer Alan Zanger after he had followed the pair and their newborn baby, Ireland. According to reports at the time, not only were their fisticuffs but also the actor had allegedly gone as far as to spray the photographer with shaving cream. History likes to repeat itself, as in 2013 this time with photographic proof, The 30 Rock actor had once again attacked a photographer as he tried to take photos of his second wife Hilaria after she had just had a baby, daughter Carmen. However, as police arrived on the scene no charges were filed and no arrests were made. After the divorce with Basinger, issues continued as Baldwin was ordered to go to anger management classes and take parenting courses if he wanted to get phone call privileges with their daughter. And speaking of Ireland and phone calls, in 2007 Alex had hit international news when an audiotape of his voicemail was leaked in which he called his then-11-year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig” because she missed his call. Though what has been some most recent trouble that Baldwin has been involved in then check out the next page.
Alec Baldwin - Rust The Movie
While movie set accidents happen, someone losing their life on one is one of the worst things that could happen to anyone. According to reports Baldwin had been at the Bonanza Creek ranch outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico for a while working on his new movie Rust. According to the IMDb synopsis the movie is about, “A 13-year-old boy, left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880's Kansas, goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather after he's sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher”. It is also set to star, the Supernatural actor Jansen Ackles. However, the production has been shut down for now as there was an issue with one of the prop guns, and instead of firing blanks, reportedly a real bullet was fired by Alec Baldwin hitting two people, on October 21st. Right away, Santa Fe County deputies were called to the scene.
Alec Baldwin - Movie Set Accident
One of the people injured was the cinematographer and director of photography Halyna Hutchins who was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital by helicopter where unfortunately she had died as a result of her wounds, her death having been confirmed by the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. The other person injured was the director Joel Souza however it was not revealed what the extent of his injuries was but just that he was taken to hospital and treated. As TMZ had reported, it has been unclear if the person who loaded the weapon mistakenly placed real bullets inside or if something was lodged in the barrel. At the time this article was written, no arrests have been made and no charges were filed and the sheriff’s department had said that the incident remains an active investigation. In a statement, a Santa Fe sheriff’s department spokesperson had added that Alec had voluntarily gone to speak with But who exactly were the people injured? You can find out on the next page.
Alec Baldwin Accident - Halyna Hutchins
According to her personal website, Halyna was from Ukraine and she grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She had studied journalism in Kyiv, and film in Los Angeles. According to her IMDb as a cinematographer, she is credited with over 30 productions which included a mini-series titled A Luv Tale: The Series and the 2020 movie Blindfire. As per her website, she has been one of 8 female cinematographers to have been named a “rising star” by the American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.
Alec Baldwin Accident - Joel Souza
The other person injured was the director Joel Souza. The Fremont, California native has had his directing debut has been attributed to the 2010 adventure film Hanna's Gold which had starred the late Luke Perry. Souza, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children, has six writing and directing credits to his name with Rust being his latest one. While he too was injured on the set of the movie, it was reported that he was only hurt in his clavicle, though that was not confirmed by any official sources. Joel was also taken to hospital where his wounds were treated and many outlets reported that he was in a critical condition but actress Frances Fisher, who stars in Rust, had taken to her Twitter to put rumors to rest revealing that Souza had been in contact with her and that he has already been discharged. While tributes to Halyna and wishes of a speedy recovery for Souza pour in, there had been other stars that had also faced serious injuries and even death in the past. Who were they? Read on to find out.
Alec Baldwin Accident - Tributes For Halyna
Tributes for the 42-year-old woman who had lost her life had poured in on social media. Many had taken to commenting on her last Instagram post, sending condolences to her family, or simply commenting on the tragedy. One star who did just that was The Rock who had written, “I am so so sorry. Rest easy. My love and strength to your family.” Taking to Twitter, director James Gunn, known for Guardians of the Galaxy, had expressed his condolences to Halyna’s family adding that his greatest fear is that someone will be fatally shot on one of his sets and that he’s praying something like that will never happen.
Alec Baldwin Accident - Family Of Brandon Lee
One of the tributes that had caused the most stir was made by Shannon Lee who was the sister of Brandon Lee. The two were the children of actor and martial artist Bruce Lee who after collapsing while working on his movie Enter the Dragon and his passing was later attributed to Cerebral edema. Though when it comes to accidents onset of movies the family knows that all too well as it was exactly such an accident that cut Brandon’s life short. Taking to Twitter, Shannon sent condolences to the families of Halyn and those affected by the accident adding that no one should ever be killed by a gun on set. To find out what exactly happened to Lee, and which other stars faced tragic accidents on set, check out the next page.
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
Brandon Lee - Tragic Death On Set
Brandon had debuted in Hollywood with films like "Showdown in Little Tokyo" and "Rapid Fire ". At that time he was offered to play his father in the documentary "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story". However, Brandon refused the role as he wasn’t ready. His last movie was titled The Crow and it was released in 1993. It was on the set of that movie, that Lee had lost his life, in a similar way to Halyna. During the whole process of filming, the crew was facing difficulties, until the worst happened…In one of the last scenes, Brandon had to take the bullets from one of the villains, played by the actor Michael Massee. Unfortunately, the gun still had an empty cartridge bullet inside, which was previously used to film close shots of the weapon. The oversight of the technicians ended Brandon's life in a few hours and so the son of Bruce Lee had died on March 31, 1993.
Movie Set Accidents
No matter how hard you may try to prevent them, accidents still happen on movie sets and the list of all sorts of accidents from deaths to broken bones that had happened in Hollywood is an extensive one. During the filming of Taxi 2 in 2000, as part of a stunt, a car was supposed to land in a pile of cardboard. However, it missed it and hit several crew members including cameraman Alain Dutartre who later died of internal injuries. On the set of the 2021 movie Love You Racchu, a fighter named Vivek had died on set after he got electrocuted during a fight sequence. As it was reported at the time, he had stepped on an electric wire and died on the spot. Actor Roy Kinnear had also lost his life as a result of an on-set accident. When filming The Return of the Musketeers in 1998 he had suffered a broken pelvis in a horseback riding accident and the following day, he had died of a heart attack.
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