After the killing that shocked the movie world when actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun that should not have contained real bullets, the family of superstar Brandon Lee, who was also killed in similar situations in 1993, took to social media expressing their pain and condemning this could happen again.
On Friday, Oct. 22, the front-page headlines of media worldwide reported the accidental death on a Hollywood film set. The event occurred during the filming of the movie Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico when renowned actor Alec Baldwin fired the gun that should have been a prop but instead, it fired a real bullet that killed the director of photography Halyna Hutchins and wounded the director Joel Souza.
A similar situation was experienced nearly 20 years ago when Brandon Lee, the son of superstar Bruce Lee, was killed after being fatally shot by an improperly loaded prop gun while filming “The Crow.”
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on “Rust.” No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set,” Brandon Lee’s brother wrote on the late actor’s official Twitter account.
Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, died in March 1993 while filming the movie “The Crow” in North Carolina. His name began trending on Twitter this week after members of the online community noted the similarities in the circumstances surrounding his death and that of Hutchins.
Brandon, who was at the height of his movie stardom with his starring role in the surreal thriller, died after being shot, with a .44-caliber handgun, when his co-star Michael Massee fired a prop gun that should have been loaded with blanks.
After an investigation, District Attorney Jerry Spivey announced that no criminal charges would be filed in Lee’s death and said that while negligence was a factor, there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing; it was reported at the time.
Other Hollywood personalities also lamented what happened on their social networks, expressing anger and outrage, realizing that such a thing could happen to any actor who relies on the safety of their work environment.
Baldwin himself expressed himself on Instagram, showing deep pain and shock for what happened; at the same time, he assured to be giving support to the direct relatives of the victims.
“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. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred,” Baldwin posted on Twitter.
“I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” Baldwin wrote.
Matthew Hutchins, the slain filmmaker’s husband, also showed his heartbreak in statements to the media, stating, “I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation.”
“I’m not going to be able to comment on the facts or the process we’re going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very supportive,” he added.
The late director’s husband confirmed that Baldwin is in constant contact with him and offered collaboration to determine the causes of what happened.