Many have wondered just how Alec Baldwin managed to shoot and kill the cinematographer of his doomed movie, Rust. Now, the Daily Mail reports that the movie’s heavily scrutinized armorer is claiming the bullet may have been planted by a disgruntled crew member.
The “sabotage” scenario is just the latest twist in the morbid who-dun-it tale.
Baldwin told gun was “cold”
Baldwin has denied responsibility for the tragedy, seemingly pointing the finger at assistant director Dave Halls, who handed him the gun and told him it was “cold” before it somehow went off during rehearsal, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, according to Fox News.
The story from the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, seems to be that an unseen person planted a live round in the box of dummy rounds.
A lawyer for Reed, Jason Bowles, noted that she “regularly emphasized to never point a firearm at a person” and that Reed would never have thought “in a million years” there would be live rounds in the box of dummy rounds. “Who put those in there and why is the central question,” Bowles said, according to Fox.
In an appearance on Today, the lawyer noted that some members of the crew were said to be unhappy with working conditions.
“I believe that somebody who would do that, would want to sabotage the set, would want to prove a point, want to say they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy,” Bowles said, as the Daily Mail reported.
Then again, the truth could be much more prosaic: a chain of human errors, culminating in Baldwin aiming the gun at Hutchins, ended in disaster.
Many have questioned Reed’s experience, and her lawyers conceded that she failed to check if the rounds inside the gun were “hot” or not before handing it off.
“She did spin the cylinder for” Halls, Bowles said, according to the Daily Mail. “She did show him each and every round in that chamber, which there were six.”
Of course, if Reed was not supervising the set properly, that could just as well have provided a window for a saboteur to act. And the reports do not sound flattering. A truck with the dummy rounds was left “unattended at all times, giving someone access and opportunity,” Reed’s other lawyer, Robert Gorence, said.
The gun had also been left on a tray for two hours unattended, and investigators have reportedly since found live rounds on set mixed with dummy rounds and blanks.