Alec Baldwin Faces New ‘Rust’ Lawsuit After Script Supervisor Says the Use of a Firearm Was Not Required in Upcoming Scene
When we first heard about the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust,” we also heard that actor Alec Baldwin was told the gun was a “cold gun,” meaning that it was not loaded with live ammunition. We also heard that Baldwin was practicing with the gun for an upcoming scene when he pulled the trigger. Now there is new information which has come out along with a new lawsuit from the crew member who called 911 after the fatal shooting.
Mamie Mitchell has worked as a script supervisor for 40 years. She was just 4 feet away from Baldwin with the fatal shot was fired. According to Mitchell, there was no reason for Baldwin to pull the trigger.
Prior to the tragic incident, Mitchell met with the film’s director, Joel Souza, and the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, to discuss the upcoming scenes. Mitchell claims the plan was to film three different shots, none of which included a shot being fired at a camera or even being fired at all. Instead the shots that would be filmed were close-ups of a stain on Baldwin’s shoulder, another close-up of Baldwin’s eyes, and a third shot of his torso while he pulled a gun from the holster. That was it. That’s what they were preparing to film.
While setting up for these three close-up shots, Mitchell noticed Baldwin playing with the gun the assistant director, Dave Halls, has handed him. Halls was the one who shouted “cold gun” when handing the gun to Baldwin.
Then the nightmare started. Mitchell remembered, “I heard someone moaning, and I turned around and my director was falling backwards and holding his upper body, and I turned around toward Alec and saw Halyna going down to the left of me.” Mitchell reacted by running outside and calling 911. Now, she is suing the film’s producers, Baldwin, and the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed.
Watch the video below to hear more about what happened on set and why Mitchell has filed a lawsuit.
Why do you think Baldwin pulled the trigger at the camera if the upcoming scene didn’t call for a gun to be fired?