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Entertainment Halyna Hutchins death: Film and TV stars call for law to ban real guns from sets after fatal shooting

15:05  23 october  2021
15:05  23 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Stars of film and television are calling for a law to ban real guns on sets following the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Halyna Hutchins - Instagram © Instagram

Halyna Hutchins

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The 42-year-old cinematographer was fatally shot on the set of the film Rust, after a prop gun was fired by Alec Baldwin.

The actor was filming the forthcoming Western at Bonanza Creek Ranch, south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the tragedy occurred.

Rust’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident, and has now left hospital after receiving emergency care.

The incident has caused a widespread debate on the use of firearms on film sets and whether they should be permanently replaced with rubber and airsoft guns instead.

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Actor Xander Berkeley led calls to ban guns on sets, arguing that the “flash and bang” should be added in post-production. He shared a Change.org petition, titled “Hollywood: It’s time to ban the use of real firearms on film sets,” which supports the introduction of a new regulation called “Halyna’s law”.

The actor, whose credits include Terminator 2 and 24, wrote: “Sponsor Hollywood: It’s time to create ‘Halyna’s Law’, which will ban the use of real firearms on film production sets and create a safe working environment for everyone involved.”

Straight Outta Compton actor O’Shea Jackson Jr wrote following news of Ms Hutchins’ death: “Things are gonna change after this tragedy.”

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Mare of Easttown director Craig Zobel said: “There’s no reason to have guns loaded with blanks or anything on set anymore.” He also said that all gunfire in the HBO show were special effects, adding: “You can probably tell, but who cares?. It’s an unnecessary risk.”

TV director Megan Griffiths (Room 104, Animal Kingdom) added: “I often get pushback when I demand completely disabled, non-firing weapons on set, but this is why. Mistakes happen, and when they involve guns, mistakes kill. No gun ever needs to fire on set. Muzzle flashes are the easiest & cheapest visual effect. Why are we still doing this?”

Halyna Hutchins death: Film and TV stars call for law to ban real guns from sets after fatal shooting

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Knives Out director Rian Johnson tweeted: T”rue regarding ways to do it via other means, but even as VFX: for a single frame, not that hard just with a little finesse and trickery.

It’s now been claimed that camera crew members walked off the set of Rust due to “safety concerns” a day before the incident.

“You can only threaten to leave so much, and if they don’t change anything, you just have to leave,” the anonymous crew member said.

It was also reported that Hutchins planned to strike over dangerous working conditions before her death.

Mr Baldwin, who was told the weapon was safe, released a statement on Friday (22 October) to say he was “heart broken”, adding: “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.”

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Halyna Hutchins was 42 when she was killed in an accidental shooting on the set of ‘Rust’ (Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie) © Provided by The Independent Halyna Hutchins was 42 when she was killed in an accidental shooting on the set of ‘Rust’ (Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

He called the incident a “tragic accident”. No charges have been filed.

Ms Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, with whom she had one sone, said that Mr Baldwin has been “very supportive” in the wake of her death.

The Independent has contacted the film’s production company for comment.

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Ex-Rust crew member 'never felt as close to death' on a set as he did in days before Halyna Hutchins shooting .
A former crew member on the film Rust said he "never felt as close to death" on a set as he did in the days before Halyna Hutchins was killed. © Other Lead camera operator Lane Luper (right) worked with Halyna Hutchins on Rust Lane Luper was the lead camera operator for the production but resigned the day before his friend and cinematographer Ms Hutchins was shot dead with a live bullet, fired by the film's star actor, Alec Baldwin.In his resignation letter to a production manager, seen by Sky News, Mr Luper highlights concerns about the safety and welfare of crew as the reason for him walking away.

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