After shocking incident and death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, entire film industry has been sent shockwaves.
Halyna Hutchins was 42-year-old, from Ukrainian. She died on Thursday after 63 year old Alec Baldwin, accidentally shot her by a prop gun he was using during his shoot of their Western movie, “Rust”.
But Hutchins isn’t the first person to be shot and killed on set, with two prior prop gun deaths still haunting Hollywood. There are few more such cases in the history of Hollywood.
In the year 1994, a film named “The Crow” was being shot and during their shoot, actor Brandon Lee was fatally shot with a prop gun just like Halyna Hutchins. The Star Brandon Lee was the son of martial arts icon, the world famous Bruce Lee. Also, he was only 28 years old when he died.
Meanwhile, Jon-Erik Hexum, a rising star, died in 1984 from a self-inflicted prop gunshot to the head while filming the CBS series “Cover Up.” He was 26 years old at the time.
Jon-Eric Hexum, a rising star actor, was killed by a self-inflicted prop gunshot to the head while filming the CB.
Those tragic deaths of rising young stars are still talked about a lot in Hollywood, especially by prop masters who teach actors how to safely handle weapons on set.
“We go through the utmost caution and care when putting any sorts of weapons in the hands of actors,” Kevin Williams, prop department supervisor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, told NPR.
A prop gun is a term used in Hollywood to describe a fake or real gun that is used as a prop. According to USA Today, the weapon is only supposed to fire blank rounds in the latter case.
Live rounds, as The Washington Post explained in a previous report, consist of a cartridge containing propellant powder that is ignited when the gun is fired, propelling the bullet out of the barrel.