It happened on the set of the upcoming film Rust starring legendary actor Alec Baldwin. When Baldwin pulled the trigger for a scene, live projectile rounds flew out of the gun and hit Hutchins killing her almost immediately, as well as injuring director Joel Souza. The accident made international headlines, and the ensuing investigation is turning up some rather tragic details.
One of those details revolves around the last person to have the gun before Baldwin used it. The assistant director, David Halls who handed Alec Baldwin the gun that killed Hutchins was let go from another film set back in 2019 over a weapon being “unexpectedly discharged” as well!
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It turns out, Halls was fired from production of the film Freedom's Path by producers when a crew member was injured in a very similar accident. Anyone who has ever worked in a film set before will tell you that there is a very important hierarchy of who does what on set. And an AD handling a prop gun on set, is unusual to say the least.
The official statement from producers of Freedom's Path read simply: “I can confirm that Dave Halls was fired from the set of Freedom’s Path in 2019 after a crew member incurred a minor and temporary injury when a gun was unexpectedly discharged. Halls was removed from set immediately after the prop gun discharged. Production did not resume filming until Dave was off-site. An incident report was taken and filed at that time.”
It looks like history is repeating itself, but official charges have not been brought forward just yet, as the investigation is ongoing.