While the New Mexico Sheriff’s Office investigation proceeds, people from the set of the Alec Baldwin movie are talking to media outlets.
From the sound of things, the first assistant director needs to lawyer up. David Halls incorrectly declared the weapon he directly handed to Baldwin as a “cold gun,” meaning it did not have live ammunition. However, the morning of the accident, that same revolver was used for “target practice” with live ammunition. (The Wrap)
Further, two years ago, David Halls was fired from a movie production after a “gun went off accidentally and injured a crew member.” His former bosses said Monday (quote) “Halls was removed from set immediately after the prop gun discharged and officially terminated.” (Daily Mail)
The person in charge of weapons, called the “armorer” on movie sets, was 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. This was just her second film. The production team’s first choice for armorer declined the job offer. He thought that Baldwin’s low-budget movie was cutting corners in terms of safety. Unfortunately, he was all too perceptive. (Los Angeles Times)
A documentary narrated by Baldwin will not be released as scheduled on Friday (quote) “Out of the deepest respect, we will position the film for release in the US at a future date.” (Los Angeles Times)
Written by: Tony Williams