Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer in charge of the prop guns for the movie “Rust,” was not confident with her job on her previous film job.
“I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, it went really smoothly,” 24-year-old Reed said last month in the Voices of the West podcast, according to TMZ.
She was working on the set for the Nicolas Cage film “The Old Way,” which was also the first time she worked as a head armorer.
On the podcast, Reed shared her fear of loading blanks in prop guns during her training, which she described as “the scariest” thing. But her father, legendary Hollywood armorer Thell Reed guided her through the process.
Thell Reed does not only work for Hollywood but also British royalty, as described in his IMDB profile, which says, “before long, Hollywood came looking for Thell to share his skills and coach the biggest names in the business.”
A production source told the Daily Beast Ms. Reed was not too skillful with managing the weapons when she worked for “The Old Way.”
“She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,” the source said. “There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.”
According to a police search warrant reported by HITC, Reed was responsible for the weapons used on the set of the “Rust.” She left three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location.
Assistant director Dave Halls then took one of the guns, unaware that it was loaded. He handed it over to Alec Balwin, leading to the tragic accident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
Although no charges have been filed, the sheriff’s office is conducting an inquiry.