The family of Brandon Lee, an actor killed during the filming of “The Crow” in 1993, speak out about the tragedy that befell the “Rust“film that takes place on Thursday when Alec baldwin unloaded a prop pistol that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
A tweet from Lee’s official Twitter account, managed by his sister Shannon, on Thursday read: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza and everyone involved in the incident on” Rust “. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a movie set. Full stop.”
The tweet also included a heartbroken emoji. Brandon Lee is the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Brandon died at the age of 28 on March 31, 1993 while on set in Wilmington, North Carolina.
ALEC BALDWIN SPOTTED “IN TEARS” AFTER THE SHOOTING OF THE FILM “RUST” LEAVES 1 DEAD AND 1 INJURED
According to reports, Lee was fatally shot by a .44 caliber after an actor fired a gun. The Daily Mail reports that the propeller pistol that killed Brandon was loaded with “poorly designed dummy cartridges”. The crew reportedly failed to remove the primer from the cartridges and one of the shells had been fired.
On Thursday, Baldwin was seen “in tears” by two members of the press in Santa Fe, New Mexico following the shooting which left Hutchins, the film’s director of photography, dead and its director, Joel Souza, injured.
A spokesperson for Baldwin said there had been an accident on set involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol with blanks. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating the manner and type of projectile fired.
After the fatal incident, a reporter and photographer from Santa Fe New Mexican said they saw Baldwin “in tears”.
Sheriff’s deputies responded around 2 p.m. to the filming of the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls described someone being shot on set, Rios said. The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks western “News of the World”.
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“This investigation remains open and active,” Rios said in a statement. “No charges have been filed regarding this incident. Witnesses continue to be questioned by detectives.”
Hutchins, a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, worked as cinematographer on the 2020 action film “Archenemy”, starring Joe Manganiello. She was named a “rising star” by the American filmmaker in 2019.
Baldwin previously teamed up as a producer with Souza on the 2019 film, “Crown Vic,” which starred Thomas Jane as a veteran Los Angeles Police Force in a Manhunt for Two. violent bank robbers. Souza’s first credited film, “Hanna’s Gold” of 2010, was a scavenger hunt adventure starring Luke Perry.
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Production was stopped on “Rust”. The film is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother after their parents died in Kansas in the 1880s, according to the Internet Movie Database. The teenager runs away with his longtime grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy was sentenced to hang for the accidental murder of a local rancher.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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