I think when most people thought of a quick, hypothetical solution to future tragedies, like the one on the set of Rust that saw the horrific accidental death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last month, the general suggestion was to, I don’t know, just spitballing here, stop using real guns on movie sets? But Alec Baldwin has a different idea, and that’s to complicate things further to a questionable chance of success, by keeping weapons and live rounds of ammunition present on set, and making them supervised by cops.
There were reportedly many things wrong with the Rust set before Halyna Hutchins lost her life and director Joel Souza was injured, when Alec Baldwin fired what he was told was a “cold” weapon (aka a prop gun without any rounds of ammunition in it). We’ve heard that Alec probably shouldn’t have been using a real gun, that nobody should have been ever standing in the line of fire, and that the assistant director Dave Halls shouldn’t have been the one to clear the gun before it was used for rehearsal. Rust’s head armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has claimed that she has no idea where live rounds came from while also claiming she was majorly overworked on set.
Alec tweeted his on-set gun safety idea, but only his 1 million followers were able to see it, as Alec has decided to set his Twitter account to private. But he did take a screenshot and shared it on Instagram:
Alec wants to see every production hire a police officer to “specifically monitor weapons safety” on set. But to be fair, that’s the armorer’s job. And the armorer herself is now saying (via her lawyers) that a live round must have ended up in a box of dummy rounds, possibly as a means of deliberate sabotage.
Maybe Alec will take some more time to rethink his weapons safety idea, and he’s got the time to do it. Alec is still on his self-imposed hiatus from the Rust set in Vermont, where he’s been with his family since this whole awful situation first began. Unfortunately for Alec’s wife Hilaria Baldwin, laying low isn’t great for her personal brand, which I believe the mission statement for which is something like: Always be getting attention, by any means necesária. Obviously, it’s been tough for Hilaria to hold back on the social media posting. But she recently updated her followers with what’s been going on in the life of the Baldwinitos. via People magazine:
On Instagram Sunday, the 37-year-old fitness influencer shared an update about how her family is doing as they cope amid the accidental shooting on the set of her husband Alec Baldwin’s film Rust. In the photo and video montage, the couple’s children played and laughed together. The clip included shots of cows, llamas and fall foliage, and closed with a photo of the 63-year-old actor holding (8 month old) María Lucía.
A source told People that Alec and Hilaria are laying low in an attempt to protect their kid’s privacy. Still, people out there apparently worry about Alec and Hilaria, but all is well. I worry, but in a different way. I’m worried Alec might start brainstorming more ideas about weapons management. I’m currently picturing Alec standing in front of a whiteboard with the word COPS scratched out, and the words SUPER SMART BULLET-SNIFFING PUPPIES??? written beside it.