Tributes are pouring in for cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins after she died at the age of 42.
Hutchins died on Thursday, October 21 after Alec Baldwin, 63, fired off a prop gun accidentally killing her on set of the movie “Rust”. The film’s director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured after the incident on the set of the movie at Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls came in of a person being shot on set, Rios said. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get a comment from him were unsuccessful.
Filming for “Rust” was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.
The Ukrainian-born, Los Angeles-based director of photography’s credits also include films such as Archenemy, Blindfire and The Mad Hatter. In 2019 she was selected as one of American Cinematographer magazine’s Rising Stars.
The news has shocked and saddened Hollywood with many stars reacting to Hutchins’ death on social media.
Jungle Cruise actor Dwayne Johnson commented on Hutchins’ last Instagram post, writing ‘I am so so sorry. Rest easy. My love and strength to your family.’
Suicide Squad director James Gunn tweeted:
‘My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.’
”My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.’
Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello was particularly affected by the news and paid tribute to Hutchins, who he recently worked with in a heartfelt post. He wrote;
‘I woke up to the messages and read the news and I am in shock. I was so lucky to have had @halynahutchins as my DP on Archenemy.
‘She was an absolutely incredible talent and a great person. She had such an eye and a visual style, she was the kind of cinematographer that you wanted to see succeed because you wanted to she what she could pull off next… and she was a fantastic person.
‘There was no amount of pressure she couldn’t handle. She was a great collaborator and an ally to anyone in front of her camera. Everyone who knew her was rooting for her.
‘I can’t believe that this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? This is a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family and especially to her son. I am so sad today for everyone who knew her and worked with her…’
Fortress and Survive the Game director James Cullen Bressack wrote under Hutchins’ final post: ‘I will miss you my friend…. This is devastating. I will never use anything but airsoft and rubber guns on my movies ever again. This should never have happened. Halyna, you were a gem. This is so f****d up. #HalynaHutchins.’
Director of Archenemy, Adam Egypt Mortimer tweeted;
“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set.
“She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”
Writer, director and producer of films such as The Haunting of Bly Manor, Mike Flanagan, wrote:
“My heart breaks for the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins – this is just horrifying and devastating news.”
Actor and producer Elijah Wood also commented: “Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.”
Rust is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website. The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial-arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie The Crow. The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.