Right so, speculation. If-then speculation, on my part, ten hours ago, that:
If: they weren't doing anything specific on set that required Baldwin to be handling a prop gun,
Then, hinging on the if: Baldwin was probably being a fool.
It's happened plenty of times, people goofing around with a gun they thought was safe, and then it goes off, or they pull the trigger thinking it's unloaded, and it goes off. I had then hoped to credit Baldwin with more sense, which is why the if/then stuff. If he wasn't, disregard the then. It's not like I'm defaming him on Big Social Media with thousands of followers anyway.
Articles have been coming out constantly since my post was made, and will probably keep coming out for quite awhile. What seems consistent is that production and the working environment was a bit of a mess.
The gun was supposed to be cold. It was called cold. I would hope that he was handling it in accordance to usual protocols while shooting a scene or getting ready to.
At the very least, this is a good argument for never trusting that a gun handed to you by someone who says it isn't loaded, isn't loaded.An assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer on the set of "Rust" in New Mexico, court records released Friday show.
“Cold gun,” the assistant director announced, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court and obtained by the Associated Press.
Instead, the gun was loaded with live rounds, and when Baldwin pulled the trigger Thursday on the set of the Western, he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, was wounded, the records said.
What a chain.Assistant director unaware gun was loaded with live rounds
So what do you do when someone hands you a gun and tells you it's not loaded? How many hands did the prop get passed around, stating "cold," before finally reaching Alec Baldwin's?When asked if the gun was loaded with a real bullet, the caller replied: “I don’t… I can’t tell you that… And this (expletive) AD that yelled at me at lunch – asking about revisions, this mother (expletive) – he’s supposed to check the guns, he’s responsible for what happens on the set.”