Making of Alec Baldwin movie is halted after fatal shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Production of the movie that Alec Baldwin was making when he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last week has been officially halted. But producers of the Western film described the move as “a pause rather than an end.”
In an email to crew members, the movie’s production team confirmed that work on “Rust” has been suspended at least until the investigation is complete. The team says it is working with law enforcement and is conducting its own internal safety review.
Court records indicate that moments before the shooting, Baldwin was explaining how he was going to draw the revolver from his holster.
The actor had been told that the gun was safe to use for the rehearsal of a scene in which he was supposed to pull out the weapon while sitting in a church pew and point it at the camera, the records said.
Cameraman Reid Russell told a detective that he was unsure whether the weapon was checked before it was handed to Baldwin, and he did not know why the gun was fired.