ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – A crew member said they have raised safety concerns in the past about the assistant director who authorities say unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin the prop pistol who killed a cinematographer on a film set.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) – A crew member says she has raised safety concerns in the past about the deputy director who authorities say unwittingly handed over the propeller pistol to actor Alec Baldwin . who killed a director of photography on a film set.
Maggie Goll, a props maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in a statement that she filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series in 2019 over concerns about the behavior of assistant director Dave Halls on the plateau. Goll said in a phone interview on Sunday that Halls ignored safety protocols for weapons and pyrotechnics and attempted to continue filming after the supervising pyrotechnician passed out on set.
Halls did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.
This week’s fatal shooting and some of his previous experiences point to larger security concerns that need to be addressed, Goll said, adding that the safety and well-being of team members are major issues in the negotiations. contracts in progress between a union representing film and television workers and a large group of producers.
âThis situation does not concern Dave Halls. â¦ It is by no means a person’s fault, âshe said. “It’s a larger conversation about safety on set and what we’re trying to achieve with this culture.”
On Thursday, Baldwin fired a gun on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico, killing Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injuring director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her.
The weapon Baldwin used was one of three that a gun specialist, or “gunsmith,” had placed on a cart outside the building where a scene was rehearsed, according to court records. Halls grabbed a gun from a cart and handed it to Baldwin, indicating the gun was safe by shouting “cold pistol,” according to court documents. But it was loaded with live ammunition, according to records.
Baldwin, 63, known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live”, called the murder a “tragic accident”.
Goll said that shouldn’t have happened because there are “so many steps you have to go throughâ¦ the very possibility of getting there should be impossible.”
Actor Ray Liotta agreed that gun controls are generally extensive.
âThey – to my knowledge – always check it out so you can see it,â Liotta said in an interview Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. “They give it to whoever you point the gun at, they give it to the producer, they show whoever is there that it doesn’t work.”
Rust Movie Productions did not respond to repeated emails requesting comment.
Baldwin, who is a producer on “Rust,” met Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son on Saturday at a Santa Fe hotel where the actor had stayed during filming. Baldwin and Hutchins’ husband can be seen kissing in a photo published by the New York Post. Another shows a defeated-looking Baldwin walking through the hotel grounds pushing a luggage cart.
Goll said in her email that Halls’ behavior on set had worried her in the past.
She said that while working on “Into the Dark,” Halls did not hold safety meetings and consistently failed to announce the presence of a gun on set to the team, as it was. ‘is the protocol. The assistant prop master reprimanded Halls on several occasions for firing the actors before they returned the guns to the prop table, she said.
She became more concerned, however, when the supervising pyrotechnician, who is diabetic, was found unconscious in a chair, she said. Halls wanted to resume filming after the man was removed from the set even though Goll, the pyrotechnician remaining on site, did not have the qualifications to oversee the complicated series of pyrotechnics that were planned.
âOne of the things that struck me the most that day was the fact that he yelled over the radio on Channel 1, ‘Hey, Maggie says we can go on! and I basically held the button down so it couldn’t transmit to anyone else on that channel while I was shouting, ‘No Dave, that’s not what I said. We don’t do it, âshe recalls in a telephone interview.
She filed an internal complaint with the executive producers of Blumhouse Productions around that day, she said.
âTo my knowledge, nothing has been done after my complaints,â she said in an email.
âI am disgusted that I am not pushing harder for greater responsibility and safety,â she wrote. “Many of us have been exchanging messages asking the same thing: is there anything we could have done then that would have avoided the tragedy?”
Flaccus reported from Portland, Oregon. Associated Press editors Jake Coyle and Jocelyn Noveck in New York; Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles; Walter Berry in Phoenix; and Michelle Eaton in Newport Beach, California, contributed to this report.
Gillian Flaccus and Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press