Rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who loaded the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins whereas being dealt with by Alec Baldwin, was the subject of numerous complaints on her final film.
Gutierrez-Reed, 24, upset crew members and star Nicolas Cage along with her ‘harmful’ gun dealing with on the set of The Old Way, simply two months earlier than Rust.
Stu Brumbaugh, the important thing grip on The Old Way, instructed TheWrap that the younger armorer did not abide by fundamental gun security protocols.
He stated that after Gutierrez-Reed discharged a weapon for the second time in three days with out warning, Cage yelled: ‘Make an announcement, you simply blew my f**king eardrums out!’ earlier than reportedly storming off set.
Brumbaugh stated he instructed the assistant director on the Montana set that Gutierrez-Reed wanted to be fired: ‘After the second spherical I was pissed off. We had been transferring too quick. She’s a rookie.’
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the subject of numerous complaints whereas working because the armorer on The Old Way, simply months earlier than the lethal incident on the set of Rust
Nicolas Cage reportedly yelled at her after she fired a gun with out warning for the second time on set of The Old Way: ‘You simply blew my f**king eardrums out!’
A crew member from The Old Way claimed that he instructed superiors that Gutierrez-Reed ought to have been fired after failing to stick by fundamental gun security protocols (Pictured: Kerry Knuppe, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Nicolas cage in The Old Way)
After elevating his considerations to his superiors, he discovered that The Old Way was the younger lady’s very first film.
A producer for The Old Way denied Brumbaugh’s claims: ‘I’ve no such recollection of this occasion on our set. I requested my companions the identical.’ They stated: ‘The particulars on some of these accounts particularly when it pertains to The Old Way have been blown out of proportion.’
The Old Way producer stated that Gutierrez-Reed labored beneath veteran property grasp, Jeffrey W. Crow.
But Brumbaugh and one other supply who was on the set claimed that Gutierrez-Reed: ‘put the cast and crew in a number of pointless and harmful conditions.’
Brumbaugh insisted that she broke security protocols when she walked onto the set with reside rounds of blanks with out making an announcement to the cast and crew.
He claimed that she carried pistols beneath her arms and rifles in each arms which had been prepared for use had been pointed at individuals at instances as she moved round on set. And that she fired weapons with out warning twice.
The key grip factors to low budgets as to why somebody so inexperienced was put in such an necessary position. ‘The tragedy is it boils all the way down to the producers,’ he stated.
‘Been occurring extra and extra. As producers refuse to convey extra skilled individuals as a result of their charges are larger, they demand we take our time and (producers) do not wish to pay it. So they hire a beginner who’s energetic and needs the job and will do it with much less individuals.’
He continued: ‘The drawback is she did not have assist. I might have had minimal two extra individuals. She was doing all the things by herself in that film and on the opposite film. If there was another individual within the different film the tragedy would not have occurred. Second individual would have inspected to ensure barrels had been clear.’
Brumbaugh defined that he understood how errors could possibly be made: ‘You have an AD screaming at you…You’re 24 and energetic and don’t wish to be yelled at. So you rush in and begin arming individuals.’
Gutierrez-Reed (left) admitted in a podcast interview she discovered loading blanks right into a gun ‘the scariest’ factor as a result of she didn’t know find out how to do it and had sought assist from her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed, (proper) to recover from the concern
Halyna Hutchins’ October 19, 2021 Instagram publish exhibits cast members and staffers Alec Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (Circled left to proper) on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sources additionally instructed The Daily Beast of Gutierrez-Reed’s ‘unsafe’ errors on The Old Way set saying she had handed a gun to 11-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong.
The supply stated: ‘She was a bit careless with the weapons, waving it round each now and once more. There had been a pair instances she was loading the blanks and doing it in a vogue that we thought was unsafe.’
The insider added that they’d seen her loading a gun on pebble strewn floor, which has the potential to be harmful, earlier than handing off the gun to Armstrong.
‘She was reloading the gun on the bottom, the place there have been pebbles and stuff,’ the supply stated. ‘We did not see her verify it, we did not know if one thing obtained within the barrel or not.’
Gutierrez-Reed herself admitted that she wasn’t certain she was prepared for the job in an interview after filming for The Old Way wrapped.
‘It was additionally my first time being head armorer as nicely. You know, I was actually nervous about it at first, and I virtually did not take the job as a result of I wasn’t certain if I was prepared, however, doing it, like, it went actually easily.’
She continued: ‘The better part about my job is simply exhibiting people who find themselves usually form of freaked out by weapons how protected they are often and how they’re not likely problematic until put within the flawed arms.’
An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, the place Rust was being filmed. Workers had been protesting over the very fact manufacturing would not pay for them to remain in lodges and motels in Santa Fe, as a substitute forcing them to drive an hour to Albuquerque
Alec Baldwin (left) shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (proper) on Thursday when he was handed prop gun with reside ammunition
She additionally admitted within the podcast interview that she discovered loading blanks right into a gun to be ‘the scariest’ factor as a result of she didn’t know find out how to do it and had sought assist from her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed, to recover from the concern.
According to her LinkedIn web page, she labored as a videographer at Synth Fire, a California-based information and media company, and as a documentary filmmaker for the City of Flagstaff in Arizona.
She labored as an armorer for Yellowstone film ranch between March and June 2021, however in keeping with the web page stopped working there three months earlier than filming for Rust began in October.
Gutierrez-Reed had solely just lately left Northern Arizona college, the place she studied artistic media and film between 2017 and 2020.
She was noticed for the primary time for the reason that lethal incident exterior her residence in Bullhead City, Arizona.
On October 21, a feminine cinematographer was killed and the director was injured when assistant director Dave Halls handed Baldwin a prop gun that Gutierrez-Reed loaded with reside ammunition.
A Santa Fe County Sheriff Department spokesman stated: ‘The investigation stays energetic and open. Witnesses proceed to be interviewed and proof collected.’
In addition to the legal probe, New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is investigating Hutchins’ demise, and may impose civil penalties even when no fees are introduced within the case.
‘Our state OSHA program is investigating this,’ Rebecca Roose, deputy cupboard secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department,’ instructed Deadline.
‘The state takes all workplace issues of safety very significantly and will work diligently by our investigation of this tragic fatality.’