Dave Halls, an assistant director for Rust, told the investigator that he did not check all the cartridges in the pistol he handed over to Alec Baldwin as it should, according to an affidavit released Wednesday.
He said the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, opened the gun for him to check, according to his affidavit.
“He advised me to check them all, but he didn’t and could not remember if she was spinning the drum,” reads the affidavit. He said he remembered seeing only three rounds.
In the days since filming on set on Thursday – actor Alec Baldwin shot the cameraman and director with a pistol he was told had no live rounds – detectives from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigated Mr. Halls and others on set played in the incident.
The film’s cameraman, 42-year-old Galina Hutchins, was killed and her director, 48-year-old Joel Sousa, was injured.
It was Mr. Halls who handed Mr. Baldwin the firearm during rehearsals inside the church and said it was a “cold weapon,” according to court documents, indicating that the firearm did not contain live ammunition and was safe for Mr. Ron. Baldwin to handle. Mr. Baldwin then began to rehearse a scene in which, according to the affidavit, the revolver fired, he “pulled the cross” out of the revolver and pointed it at the camera lens.
After the shooting, Mr. Halls said he picked up the pistol from the pew in the church and took it to Miss Reed. When she opened it, he said that, according to the affidavit, he saw “at least four mannequin casings with holes in the sides and one without a hole. He said there was no lid on it, and it was just a casing. ” Sometimes dummy cartridges can be identified by the punched hole on the side.
Describing security protocols on set, Mr. Halls said that Ms. Gutierrez used to open his guns for him to check. “I check the barrel for obstacles, most of the time there is no combat fire, she (Hannah) opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say ‘cold weapons on the set,’” he said in an interview with the investigator. affidavit. It was unclear what he meant by the term “combat fire”.
Mr. Halls is an industry veteran with films including Fargo and The Matrix Reloaded. As an assistant director, he was one of those in charge of security on the set of Rust. Mr. Halls did not respond to several attempts to reach him.
In the frantic moments after filming, the assistant director was singled out by the script manager, who called 911 with a desperate request for help. “We had two people accidentally shot on set,” said emergency operator Mamie Mitchell. Ms Mitchell then revealed that it is the role of an assistant director to prevent such setbacks. “He has to check the weapon,” Ms. Mitchell said during the call.
Various film professionals have complained about it over the years. Complaints, which mostly revolve around his respect for safety protocols and on-set behavior, raise questions about the New Mexico production, which saw at least two accidental pistol shots just days before the fatal shooting. He was fired from filming an earlier movie, Freedom’s Path, in 2019 after a pistol was unexpectedly fired, causing a member of the crew to sustain minor injury, production company Rocket Soul Studios said in a statement Monday.