Nicholas Cage Demanded Removal Of Inexperienced Rust Armorer From The Old Way Production
Gutierrez-Reed isn’t the only crew member whose history prior to “Rust” has come into question in the days since Hutchins’ death. Yesterday, we reported that assistant director Dave Halls had been fired from the production of another film, “Freedom’s Path,” after a separate incident where a rifle “unexpectedly discharged,” injuring a boom operator. A sheriff’s affidavit revealed that it was Halls who unknowingly handed Baldwin the gun that killed Hutchins (pictured above), after grabbing it from a cart that Gutierrez-Reed had prepped.
Right now, there’s a lot of finger-pointing going on in the Halyna Hutchins case. Emotions are understandably high and everyone is looking for someone to blame. It’s only exacerbated by the current media feeding frenzy, which in some ways, has already reduced Hutchins’ death to “content,” to be consumed online by readers in an infinite scroll.
Through all of this, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that this is a tragedy where a woman is dead and people’s careers and lives have been destroyed. That two crew members, each with a questionable record, could wind up being involved in the same fatal accident onset is disturbing, to say the least. But there were clearly systematic failures at play here, as well, in regards to safety measures. It only hammers home the point all the more that some real change is needed in Hollywood to ensure that this kind of tragedy never happens again.