Baldwin on fatal incident: “There are no words”

Status: 10/22/2021 7:43 p.m.

Actor Alec Baldwin has pledged his support after the fatal incident while filming the family of the shot camerawoman. There are no words to express the shock and sadness.

After the fatal incident with a prop weapon during Hollywood filming, US actor Alec Baldwin has expressed his deep regret and horror. “There are no words to express the shock and sadness in the face of the tragic accident that ended the life of Halyna Hutchins – wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” wrote Baldwin on the short message service Twitter about the killed camerawoman.

Fatal accident on the set: actor Baldwin shoots camerawoman

Verena Bünten, ARD Washington, daily news 8:00 p.m., 10/22/2021

The Hollywood star added, “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation into how this tragedy came about. And I am in contact with her husband to offer my support to him and his family. My heart breaks for her husband, her son and all those who knew and loved Halyna. ”

The Hollywood Cinematography Association spoke of “devastating news”. Hutchins was a rising talent.

The camerawoman and director were hit by gunfire

According to the police in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Baldwin shot a prop weapon while filming a western and met the 42-year-old camerawoman Hutchins and the director Joel Souza (48). Hutchins was fatally injured and Souza was admitted to hospital with injuries. His condition is considered critical.

According to the police report, 63-year-old Baldwin, who is also the producer of the film, fired several shots with a prop weapon during the filming. He didn’t seem to know that it was loaded with real ammunition. Investigators are currently investigating how and what type of projectile was fired. The authorities said that no charges had yet been brought. The police are currently hearing other witnesses. It is currently unclear whether the production of the film should continue.

Lars Winkelsdorf, film weapons expert, on the use of weapons as props

tagesschau24 6:00 p.m., 10/22/2021

“Spectacular images instead of maximum security”

According to film weapon expert Lars Winkelsdorf, the fatal accident also has to do with lax safety precautions on film sets. “The security measures are based on spectacular images and not on the maximum security of the film crew,” he said in an interview with tagesschau24. Both in Germany and in the USA, protective vests and helmets are not common equipment.

Winkelsdorf therefore called on the film industry to rethink its handling of weapons. In order to get spectacular pictures, weapons are irresponsibly used in many films. “We see completely unrealistic images in these films and ultimately these unrealistic images are extremely dangerous for everyone involved in the vicinity of these weapons.”

With information from Marcus Schuler, ARD Studio Los Angeles

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