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Assistant who handed loaded gun to Baldwin gives first interview

00:37, 03 November 2021
Assistant who handed loaded gun to Baldwin gives first interview Photo: Dennis Van Tine/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

David Halls was the last crew member to hold the gun before giving it to actor Alec Baldwin who accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Assistant director David Halls has broken silence for the first after the lethal shooting at the set of the “Rust” movie. Halls was the one who had handed a hot gun to actor Alec Baldwin before he killed 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the film’s director Joel Souza, 48.

Though the assistant director said he was saddened by the death of the Ukraine-born cinematographer whom he called one of the most talented people he had ever worked with, he believes that the industry might learn a lesson from the incident.

“It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.”

Halls has also revealed that Hutchins was not only a professional but also his friend.

“My thoughts are with all who knew and loved Halyna.”

The film’s crew bore testimony to the court and Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza. An investigation into how live rounds appeared in the prop gun remains open. No charges have been filed yet.

According to police records, the gun was held before the shooting by Baldwin, executing the main role, Halls, and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed for whom Rust was the second movie in that capacity.

Halls states that he cannot remember how thoroughly he examined the gun before giving it to Baldwin but admits he should have done it meticulously.

The production of “Rust”, which is a story of an outlaw trying to save his thirteen-year-old grandson after the latter was sentenced to capital punishment for an accidental murder, has been canceled shortly after the incident.