Tragedy on Alec Baldwin's film set

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Gingernaut Fri 22-Oct-21 07:34:29

Alec Baldwin has shot two people with what was thought to be a prop gun.

One person, he cinematographer is dead and the second has been hospitalised.

Absolutely stunning news.

www.nytimes.com/2021/10/21/us/alec-baldwin-shooting-rust-movie.html

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VinoBianca Fri 22-Oct-21 07:36:47

I can't believe this, how awful!

SameToo Fri 22-Oct-21 07:36:51

How does this happen??! Awful news.

SnottyLottie Fri 22-Oct-21 07:37:48

You think lessons would have been learned after Brandon Lee. How on earth was this allowed to happen? Poor people.

dementedpixie Fri 22-Oct-21 07:38:02

www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-59005500 from BBC news. Tragic news, he must feel awful

NomoreSmiggle Fri 22-Oct-21 07:38:31

Oh god this is horrific

Glitterybug Fri 22-Oct-21 07:38:47

How the hell can this happen these days!

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ComDummings Fri 22-Oct-21 07:39:33

Just read about it, that poor woman. Reminds me of the Brandon Lee tragedy. It seems the director was also hospitalised so it would seem they were trying to get a particular scene (as the director would be next to her) and it’s all gone horribly wrong. Alec has to live with that for the rest of his life, he must be distraught.

StormyTeacups Fri 22-Oct-21 07:39:47

Why was he pointing a gun at them in the first place? I could understand slightly more if they were fellow actors shooting a scene etc. And how two people? Shoot once, reaim, shoot again?

SylvanasWindrunner Fri 22-Oct-21 07:39:59

Twitter is full of right-wing gun nuts crowing about it. Gross.

Really horrible. He must be absolutely devastated. How on earth did it happen?!

SaltedCaramelHC Fri 22-Oct-21 07:40:01

I saw that this morning too. It's horrific. I can't imagine how he must feel either, let alone her family.

I wonder what happens legally with it all. Clearly an accident, but it must still be complicated.

SylvanasWindrunner Fri 22-Oct-21 07:43:31

StormyTeacups

Why was he pointing a gun at them in the first place? I could understand slightly more if they were fellow actors shooting a scene etc. And how two people? Shoot once, reaim, shoot again?


I'd imagine because they were behind the camera and that's where he was aiming for the shot. They often have Perspex and stuff to protect people though - blank rounds aren't completely harmless because the mechanism inside can fail, which I believe is what happened in the Brandon Lee case. It may have only been one shot - apparently things can happen that mean the blank round gets stuck and then the next shot shatters into projectiles.

WeAreTheHeroes Fri 22-Oct-21 07:43:57

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Elderflower14 Fri 22-Oct-21 07:44:36

Very very sad. Reminded me of Brandon Lee being killed by a prop gun on The Crow...

StormyTeacups Fri 22-Oct-21 07:44:36

That makes sense

Gingernaut Fri 22-Oct-21 07:45:34

Filming has been shut down, of course and an investigation has begun.

Presumably, they'll be able to work out what happened.

Horrific.

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LawnFever Fri 22-Oct-21 07:47:17

StormyTeacups

Why was he pointing a gun at them in the first place? I could understand slightly more if they were fellow actors shooting a scene etc. And how two people? Shoot once, reaim, shoot again?

It was supposed to be a prop gun but somehow must’ve been real and loaded.

How completely tragic sad

Snowdropsandbluebells Fri 22-Oct-21 07:48:26

I read this earlier and it's just heartbreaking.
Just awful

WheelieBinPrincess Fri 22-Oct-21 07:50:04

It is a tragedy and an awful thing to happen but your OP sounds positively gleeful.

dementedpixie Fri 22-Oct-21 07:51:49

I think Stunning in the OP was supposed to mean they were Stunned by the news rather than the usual meaning of Stunning. Wrong word choice I suppose

Gingernaut Fri 22-Oct-21 07:55:25

The gun may very well have been a prop, the 'blanks' are fired with a explosive charge.

If standing too close, it's possible to hurt someone very badly, as the wadding is still fired with as much force as a real bullet.

Dummy bullets are used in props for close up views - this makes the gun look 'loaded'.

There were supposed to be a lot of improvements in gun safety after Brandon Lee was killed.

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Gingernaut Fri 22-Oct-21 07:56:46

dementedpixie

I think Stunning in the OP was supposed to mean they were Stunned by the news rather than the usual meaning of Stunning. Wrong word choice I suppose

This.

Stunned, as in speechless, not stunned as in awed.

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wolfstarling Fri 22-Oct-21 07:56:50

The gun misfired.

SpindelWhorl Fri 22-Oct-21 08:00:58

Yes, it's news that has stunned people, I think is meant.

It's so bizarre that when I first saw the news in the early hours I felt like I was reading about an episode of Murder She Wrote. Bullets replaced? Wtf.

But this is real, a real tragedy, and a talented woman cinematographer in her early 40s is now dead. That's some serious negligence or worse.

Hopeisallineed Fri 22-Oct-21 08:01:07

How is it two people? 😳

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