Oh ... my ... God.
While filming the movie "Rust" in New Mexico, Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that killed the cinematographer (Halyna Hutchins) ...
... and injured the director, (Joel Souza).
I'm guessing they were filming a tight shot of him shooting, meaning he would be aiming directly towards the camera as if the other person - which is why those two were hit, rather than whomever he was supposed to be shooting at in the film?
Okay, so though Alec is hilarious (especially when impersonating Trump on SNL), he's also known to be a bit of a loose cannon with a violent temper - but he's not THAT crazy, right?
Because keep in mind that the actor never loads the prop gun, and typically doesn't even check it - they trust the prop person to have loaded it correctly, with blanks.
So did the person in charge of props load that gun with real bullets - and was that an accident or-?
The articles don't say, only that it's being investigated.
The situation immediately reminded me of what happened with Brandon Lee in 1993 - Bruce Lee's son, who was shot and killed with real bullets from a prop gun while filming The Crow.
Neither the actor, nor the person who loaded the prop gun, were charged, and Brandon's death was ruled an accident, but many people believe otherwise.
Update: 2:24 p.m. - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 44 - the union for prop masters, set decorators, special effects, and set construction have announced that the prop gun Alec Baldwin fired had been loaded with live rounds - but that that prop person responsible was not a member of the union.
In fact, there were no members of Local 44 on the set/registered to the product - the production hired outside of the union.
That's never a good idea, for starters. It's cheaper, yes, but this is an instance of where unions come in handy, you can track and trace. Otherwise, just anyone off the street, it becomes more difficult.
The only other things we do know is that it was low budget, and that some of the crew walked off the set earlier in the week due to working conditions - which were rumored to have been reported to the union, even though, as stated above, they did not use union members, to save money.
There are also rumors of gun safety concerns by the crew, but they have not been substantiated - and it's unclear if these concerns were actually documented somewhere before the shooting, because as stated, they were not union.
Otherwise, most of the things being complained about were typical even with union members, though now against the law - 14-hour days, extreme working conditions, etc. - it's just that it's rarely reported for fear of retaliation. As mentioned in the Val Kilmer post, the director is king, even if a total asshole - and if you tell, you'll never work again.
So ... some lingering questions ...
I love it how the right-leaning press is trying to find ways to blame Baldwin that don't even make sense, simply because he hilariously parodied Trump many times on SNL.
Erm - where exactly do you think the cinematographer and director are sitting, anyway - directly behind the camera, one behind the other in a straight line?
Face-Off, John Woo
I'm just saying, despite his violent temper, in this particular situation, having just a little bit of knowledge about how movies are filmed (having been in one myself at age 11), he is actually the least likely person to be guilty of the crime, rather than an accessory victim of it.