Alec Baldwin Just Got Bad News

Alec Baldwin’s western Rust ‘will never be finished’, a crew member has predicted, after the A-list star accidentally shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on set.

‘None of us expect this movie to be finished. Ever,’ the unnamed worker told The Sun after the tragedy on Thursday. ‘We know this is the end of the road for Rust sadly.’

‘Maybe way down the line it will get picked up again but right now, there’s no way it’s going to continue getting made. If by a miracle it ever is though, the movie will absolutely be dedicated to Halyna.’

The source told The Sun that the film couldn’t go on without director Joel Souza, 48, who is still recovering from his injuries after he, too, was shot.

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‘Not only is our director still [recovering], but there will be lawsuits I’m sure and a lot of other factors that will prevent this movie from ever being finished.’

Rust was being made on a $7 million budget – tiny, by Hollywood standards, where a superhero movie can cost upwards of $300 million.

The production had been hit by walkouts amid staff mistreatment, and will now forever be associated with the tragic killing of a crew member on set, potentially putting people off going to see it even if it were completed.

Baldwin is the star of the movie, with the horrific tragedy that has swept the set likely making it difficult for anyone to watch his character on-screen without thinking of what happened should the movie miraculously make it to theaters.

Some experts have predicted that the movie’s insurers may refuse to pay out if it emerges that safety protocols weren’t followed properly, potentially ruining its financial backers.

The Crow, the 1993 movie which saw star Brandon Lee shot dead while filming, was completed and went on to become a financial success.

But Lee had completed almost all his scenes before filming, and wasn’t shot and killed by the star of the movie.

Earlier this week, experts told DailyMail.com that guns containing live ammunition are never used in filming, and it is uncertain why a loaded gun was on the set at all. Although Alec Baldwin, who fired the fatal shot, will likely be named in upcoming lawsuits, whoever loaded the gun will be the most likely to face criminal charges.

On Saturday, it was revealed by TMZ that Colt pistol in question had previously been used recreationally for target practice by crew members. Sources claim that some of the set’s crew would go off for target practice using real bullets, and some believe that a live round from those sessions found its way into the barrel of the gun used on set.

Another source told TMZ that live ammo and blanks were being stored in the same area on set, offering another possible explanation as to how a bullet was fired from Baldwin’s Colt.

A search warrant released Friday said that Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, had laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the Colt from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds.

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said.

Seconds later, filming a scene inside an Old West-style church, Baldwin apparently aimed towards the camera and pulled the trigger, accidentally killing Hutchins as she filmed him, and injuring Souza, who stood behind her.

Complaints against Dave Halls were made by prop maker and pyrotechnician Maggie Goll after working on him on a previous production with him on Hulu in 2019 called Into the Dark.

In Goll’s statement to CNN, she claimed that Halls never addressed weapon safety protocols in production meetings or when a firearm was to be used on the set.

Typically, any weapon being used on a set – real or fake – must be ‘introduced’ to the cast and the crew so that they are aware of its presence, and can follow other safety protocols. Halls, Goll said, failed to follow these safety guidelines.

‘The only reason the crew was made aware of a weapon’s presence was because the assistant prop master demanded Dave acknowledge and announce the situation each day,’ Goll said in the statement.

She also added that the prop master would reprimand Halls for not acknowledging the protocol.

Goll also said that she was told to ‘watch out’ for him by another crew member as Halls apparently tended to get touchy with them. His on-set behavior may have cost Hutchins’ life.

Two production sources who previously worked with Gutierrez-Reed said this was not the first time she was involved in an incident on a movie set.

The two sources told The Daily Beast that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had allegedly given an 11-year-old actress a gun without checking it properly while on the set of the Nicholas Cage film, The Old Way.

‘There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe,’ one of the sources said.

‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again.’

Sources on the Rust set have said the fatal incident that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured Souza, 48, was a result of production failings from top to bottom.

They added that assistant director Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was safe, should have checked the weapon.

‘He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he failed us,’ one of the sources on set said. ‘He’s the last person that’s supposed to look at that firearm.’

A Rust production source told The Daily Beast that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crewmember on set before Thursday’s tragic incident.

The source described Gutierrez-Reed as ‘inexperienced and green.’

Gutierrez-Reed had previously admitted she wasn’t sure she was ready for the job on The Old Way in an interview before filming started.

‘I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, it went really smoothly,’ Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said in a podcast interview last month after leading the firearms department for The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage – her first time as head armorer.

She also admitted in the podcast interview she found loading blanks into a gun ‘the scariest’ thing because she did not know how to do it and had sought help from her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed, to get over the fear.