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Joel Souza looks shattered after first time seen since accident on ‘Rust’

13:46, 27 October 2021
Joel Souza looks shattered after first time seen since accident on ‘Rust’ Photo: ImagePressAgency/face to face/Global Look Press

Joel Souza, who was injured in the shoulder due to the fatal accident in New Mexico where the scene of the “Rust” movie was being filmed, has been seen for the first time since he has been discharged from the hospital, The Daily Mail reported.


The director of the movie, Souza, on Tuesday was captured on camera when he was in a car in Palo Alto, California accompanied by a woman. Souza looked shattered, holding his head in hands when was seated on a passenger seat. The California-born Souza was seen constantly rubbing his eyes and looking crushed.

The director, who luckily survived the accidental shooting, was released from the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center on Friday.

Investigators and prosecutors are due to hold a scheduled on Wednesday press conference regarding the deadly accident that took the life of 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, who was later pronounced dead in hospital  after the projectile triggered by Alec Baldwin fatally wounded her. More details regarding the tragic shooting are expected to be provided during the press conference.

On Saturday, Souza issued a statement, in which he mourned the death of cinematographer Hutchins, saying: “I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna.”

“She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better. My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”

Describing to investigators in Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office what happened to Hutchins seconds after she was wounded, Souza said that he heard a whip-like sound and then a “loud pop”.

The director saw Hutchins holding her midsection and falling aback. The crew, including Reid Russell, immediately reacted, and Hutchins was “assisted to the ground.” Russell said that Hutchins complained she couldn’t feel her legs.

The shooter, Alec Baldwin, was interrogated by police that day and later released following the questioning. The Hollywood actor was seen distraught leaving the police office that day the accident had taken place. Actor and producer Alec Baldwin claimed that assistant director Dave Halls was unaware that the gun was loaded and shouted “cold gun!” moments before the shooting, according to Santa Fe’s courts records.

The similar accident took place back in March 31, 1993 when the on-stage shooting took the life of Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee. The crew was filming a scene for the “The Crow” movie, in which the main character of Brandon Lee had to be shot and killed by bandits. According to the scenario, Brendon Lee had to enter the apartments and notice his fiancee being raped and beaten when suddenly a culprit must have fired a shot at Brandon. 

The prop gun, held by actor Michael Massee who played a criminal, was charged with poorly made dummy rounds. While filming the scene, when the shot came, “The Crow” fell backwards instead of forwards, how it was planned. As the crew finished the scene Brandon was still laying on the back. 

Without having visual wounds, the crew members thought he had been proceeding in the role. When approached closer, Jeff Imada checked Lee and noticed the actor was half-conscious breathing heavily. When a cast member checked the pulse it was initially normal, but within the next two or three minutes it had been completely reduced to critical frequency. 

The actor was immediately taken to the hospital, but after the six-hour-long surgery, the doctors pronounced his death at 1:03 pm on March 31, 1993, when the actor was only 28-years-old.