Alec Baldwin says his ‘heart is broken’ after accidentally killing cinematographer with a ‘gun that was loaded with LIVE and not blank rounds’ on set of Western movie Rust: Victim’s husband says the actor is being ‘very supportive’
Alec Baldwin shared his grief on Friday after accidentally killing the female cinematographer from his new movie Rust, tweeting: ‘My heart is broken.’
Hutchins, a married mother-of-two, died shortly after being shot by Baldwin around 1.50pm Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near the city of Santa Fe in New Mexico, where they were filming the movie Rust. Joel Souza, 48, the film’s director, was also hurt and spent several hours in hospital, but was released later the same evening.
It remains unclear how exactly the accident played out – movie productions are supposed to use blanks or dummy bullets, but witnesses and a prop masters’ union have suggested it was a live bullet that struck Hutchins and the film’s director.
A tearful Baldwin, 63, was interviewed at the sheriff’s department shortly after the accident and was then pictured in the department parking lot, buckled over with grief, while on the phone. It’s unclear if he remains in New Mexico, or if he is preparing to leave the state. Production has been halted indefinitely.
In two tweets on Friday, Baldwin said: ‘There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.
‘I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
‘My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.’