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“Rust” deputy director once urged actor to perform a dangerous stunt that resulted in his eye being hit by a projectile, former colleagues say


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  • According to a search warrant, “Rust” deputy director Dave Halls handed Alec Baldwin the gun that killed a cinematographer.

  • The incident raised questions about Halls’ oversight of security measures on “Rust” and previous projects.

  • Former Halls colleagues told Insider he once pushed actor Creed Bratton to do a dangerous stunt over objections from crew members.

The “Rust” assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the gun that killed the film’s cinematographer previously tricked an actor into doing a stunt on the Hulu show “Into the Dark” after his team has sounded the alarm on his safety, two people who worked on the show told Insider.

During a rehearsal Thursday on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico, Baldwin unloaded the gun, injuring director Joel Souza and killing the film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchens.

Deputy director David Halls handed the gun to Baldwin after it was handled by gunsmith on set Hannah Gutierrez, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed by the Santa Fe sheriff’s office. of the warrant stated that Halls had shouted “stabbing”, meaning there were no live ammunition in the gun.

Script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, also blamed an assistant director for the accidental shooting during a 911 call, saying he was “supposed to check the guns – he’s responsible for what happened” .

It wasn’t the first time Halls had neglected security procedures, according to former colleagues.

Melissa Low Lyon, the former dresser on the set of “Into the Dark”, told Insider that in 2019, Halls pushed actor Creed Bratton (of “The Office” fame) to perform a stunt where his character was supposed to be shot in the head. .

The team and Bratton himself both opposed the stunt as being dangerous, according to Lyon and another member of the team who spoke on condition of anonymity as they are still working on the show.

Lyon said that for an episode titled “Culture Shock”, the special effects team decided to use a blowgun, which they said has a “very imprecise” purpose. The weapon was supposed to fire a projectile at Bratton’s head to make it look like he had been hit by a gun, but Lyon said it hit his eye instead.

Several people on set have shared concerns with Halls about the stunt, according to Lyon and the other team member. Bratton himself opposed the stunt, Lyon said, but Halls insisted the scene move forward.

“Creed himself expressed his concern because he said ‘that’s not going to get my attention, is it,’,” Lyon told Insider. “And then as soon as it happened, he said ‘I fucking knew that.'”

Lyon said most of the assistant directors she had worked with listened to safety concerns when raised by the crew, but she believed the filming environment under Halls was “volatile” and “rushed”. The fast pace defined by Halls meant “things weren’t done right,” she said.

“Dave gets very confrontational in a way, and just doesn’t want to listen and says, ‘well, we’re going to do this’ and he’ll do things like he did on Rust and grab it or do it himself. , said Lyon.

Halls did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on Monday. Representatives for Blumhouse, the production company behind “Into the Dark” and Bratton also did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

Colleagues at Halls from other projects also complained about his behavior on set. An accessory maker told NBC News that “it hasn’t maintained a safe work environment.”

“Rust” deputy director once urged actor to perform a dangerous stunt that resulted in his eye being hit by a projectile, former colleagues say

This aerial photo shows Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday October 23, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a propeller pistol on the set of a western shot at the ranch on Thursday October 21, killing the director of photography, officials said. Jae C. Hong / AP Photo

Danny Hulsey, the former second assistant director of “The Pale Door,” told Insider he quit his job because of the way Halls treated him and other workers.

Halls, the western’s first assistant director, “constantly rushed everyone” and was “rude about it too,” Hulsey said.

Hulsey told Insider he hadn’t seen Halls do anything dangerous. But he said he quit the production of “The Pale Door” because of an altercation with Halls where he claims Halls grabbed him by the wrist and berated him.

After the incident, Hulsey told Insider he got into a fight with the film’s producers because he refused to continue speaking with Halls unless it was about work-related issues.

“That person won’t talk to me anymore unless it’s directly related to something he’s asked to talk to me about, or I leave the show, period,” Hulsey said. “That was how his attitude was.”

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