James Gunn says his “heart goes out” to everyone affected after the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins.
The Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker has led the tributes to the late cinematographer, who died aged 42 after a “prop gun” fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust accidentally fatally hit her, and left director-and-writer Joel Souza, 48, injured.
James Gunn tweeted:
“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.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood also paid tribute to Halyna and send his thoughts to her loved ones.
“Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family,” he wrote.
Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) October 22, 2021
Sinister screenwriter C. Robert Cargill heaped praise on the cinematographer’s work and described her death as a “tragic loss for cinema.”
“I loved Halyna Hutchins’ work so much. It’s not only a tragic loss for cinema but to so many of you I know who worked with her. You and her family are all in my thoughts tonight. I’m heartbroken for you all,” he said.
I loved Halyna Hutchins’ work so much. It’s not only a tragic loss for cinema but to so many of you I know who worked with her. You and her family are all in my thoughts tonight. I’m heartbroken for you all.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 22, 2021
Santa Fe County Sheriff Juan Rios confirmed the identities of the two crew members shot and that it was the 68-year-old Hollywood star who discharged the firearm, and while no charges have been made at this time, the investigation is ongoing as they continue to interview witnesses.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust,” reads a statement.
“Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.”
No “foul play” is suspected “at this time,” however, a criminal investigation is required to establish “exactly what happened.”
Filming has been halted on the movie – which sees Alec portray the titular role of infamous outlaw Harland Rust – and producers have paid tribute to Halyna and offered psychological support to anyone affected by the tragedy.
A spokesperson for Rust Movies Productions LLC told Deadline:
“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones.”
“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counselling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”
Because most of the images linked to the tragic story on the set of ‘Rust’ are of Alec Baldwin, not the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life today in such a tragic accident. Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/n0nlJtJoRd
— Cinematic Arts 🅓🅔🅡🅡🅨 (@cinematicarts_) October 22, 2021