Alec Baldwin Shooting Leaves Hollywood Rattled as Questions Over Safety Raised

Hollywood is reeling from the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who died yesterday after she was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin when a prop gun malfunctioned.

The 42-year-old's death has sent a wave of shock throughout Hollywood as many leading industry figures express their shock and share their condolences with Hutchins' family and loved ones.

Hutchins died shortly after being taken to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday following the tragic incident on the set of the movie, Rust. The film's director Joel Souza was also seriously injured in the incident.

"Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family," actor Elijah Wood tweeted.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig called the incident "absolutely horrendous."

"I truly don't understand how this could have happened. Such a terrible loss of such a talented person," he tweeted.

Feig later tweeted to say that "real bullets should never be anywhere near a set."

"Gun safety on sets is always a top priority and guns are supposed to be plugged. Real bullets should never be anywhere near a set. And now we should ban the use of blanks and simply do muzzle flashes in post to avoid any more tragedies," he said.

It definitely isn’t. Gun safety on sets is always a top priority and guns are supposed to be plugged. Real bullets should never be anywhere near a set. And now we should ban the use of blanks and simply do muzzle flashes in post to avoid any more tragedies. #RIPHalynaHutchins ❤️ https://t.co/AmYNLNRc3D

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) October 22, 2021

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison asked: "Why the f*** are we still using blanks when it cost like 50c to add gunfire in post? If you can't afford to make a movie safely, you shouldn't be making it at all. #RIPHalynaHutchins."

Also why the fuck are we still using blanks when it cost like 50c to add gunfire in post? If you can’t afford to make a movie safely, you shouldn’t be making it at all. #RIPHalynaHutchins

— Rachel Morrison (@morrisondp) October 22, 2021

Steve Bastoni, an Australian actor similarly questioned the gun protocol on the Rust set.

"There is a strict protocol around the use of firearms on a set, you rehearse with an empty gun, when you are ready to shoot the scene, the armorer will load the guns with blanks & yell out to everyone 'guns are live' or similar," he said. "This s*** should NEVER happen."

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn expressed his shock at the tragedy.

"My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen," the filmmaker tweeted. "My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family."

Halyna Hutchins
Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Kickoff Party Hosted By SundanceTV at Sundance TV HQ on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. Mat Hayward/Getty Images for AMC Networks

The incident is also prompting comparisons to late actor Jon-Erik Hexum who died in similar circumstances.

Actor W. Earl Brown explained that following Hexum's death, the dedicated crew job of Weapons Handler was created.

"If a live Blank is required, it is loaded at the last minute. The presence of a live round is always announced so that everyone knows the size of the load and that the round is live," he tweeted.

In the aftermath of Jon Erik Hexum, the dedicated crew job of Weapons Handler was created — someone whose sole responsibility is overseeing any and all firearms used on a movie set.

In the aftermath of Brandon Lee, the rules got much stricter and oversight increased.

— W. Earl Brown (@WEarlBrown) October 22, 2021

"As soon as 'Cut' is called, the weapon is to be returned to the Handler. No exceptions."

Hutchins' death has also drawn comparisons to Brandon Lee who also died under similar circumstances.