LOS ANGELES, November 3 – Actor Alec Baldwin yesterday shared a post on social media challenging reports of chaos and a lax attitude to safety on the set of Western Rust before accidentally shooting and killing a cinematographer.
In writing “Read this,” Baldwin reposted lengthy remarks by Terese Magpale Davis, who worked in the wardrobe department on Rust.
“I’m so sick of this story,” Davis wrote. “The story that we are overworked and surrounded by dangerous and chaotic conditions is bullshit. “
On October 21, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a bullet fired from a gun that Baldwin was using to rehearse a scene on the Rust located in New Mexico. The 30 rock The actor had been told the gun was “cold” or safe to use, according to documents filed by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department court, which is investigating the incident.
The cameramen had left the Rust set before the incident to protest the working conditions, authorities said. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said last week he believed there was complacency in the production when it came to safety.
Lawyers for the gunsmith in charge of the weapons used in the filming said production was unsafe due to a variety of factors, including the lack of safety meetings.
Davis, however, said the crew had several safety meetings, “sometimes several per day.” The production team “were some of the most accessible and warmth of producers I have ever worked with,” she added. “The concerns have been heard and addressed. “
Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Baldwin, who was also one of the film’s producers, said he was heartbroken and would support limits on the use of real guns on film and TV sets.
Production company Rust Media Productions said it had not been made aware of any official complaints and had hired a law firm to investigate the incident. Reuters