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Prop gun death at Alec Baldwin film ‘Rust’ isn’t the first accident on a movie set

  • October 24, 2021

Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that killed a cinematographer on a set of an upcoming film, investigators say.

Tragic? Yes. Is this the first time something like this has happened like this? No. 

There have been many actors and crew members injured, and some killed on past movie sets like Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, who was shot to death on the set of “The Crow.”

In Baldwin’s case, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was pronounced dead on Thursday after a prop firearm discharged on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The film’s director, 48-year-old Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident and was taken to Christus St. Vincent’s hospital. He has since been released, according to his rep Matt DelPiano.

Baldwin tweeted Friday he was fully cooperating with police and sent his condolences to Hutchins’ family. 

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he wrote. 

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Here is a list of other injuries and deaths that happened on movie sets:

Halle Berry

While on the set of the thriller “Gothika,” actor Robert Downey Jr. accidentally broke Halle Berry’s arm in a scene where Downey twisted her arm. 

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford broke his leg on the set of “Star Wars Episode VII” in 2014 when a hydraulic door crushed him. Ford had to have surgery for the damages and the set schedule had to be rearranged.   

Joi Harris

Stuntwoman Joi Harris died on the set of “Deadpool 2” while shooting a motorcycle scene in 2017. Harris lost control of the motorcycle, hit a median in the road and was thrown through a window in Shaw Tower in Canada. 

after a freight train crashed into the crew in Savannah, Ga. 

John Jordan

John Jordan, a second-unit director on the film “Catch 22,” was killed on set in a helicopter accident in 1969. Jordan was sucked out of the helicopter by a gust of wind and fell 4,000 feet into the ocean after refusing to wear a harness. 

Brandon Lee

Lee, the son of martial arts actor Bruce Lee, was killed on the set of “The Crow” in 1993 after he was accidentally shot with a prop gun. The gun was supposed to fire a blank, but an autopsy report showed he had a bullet lodged next to his spine. 

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