A month after the tragedy on the set of Rust, George Clooney reacted on what he does not hesitate to call “a stupid mistake”. On October 21, Alec Baldwin accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza using a weapon he didn’t know was loaded with live ammunition. For George Clooney, this would never have happened if a strict protocol was imposed on the use of weapons on set.
“Every time I have a gun in my hands on a shoot – every time – I inspect it, I open it, I show it to the person I’m pointing it at and to the crew. filming. At each take, you give it to the gunsmith when you are finished and you start again ”, he explained during a passage in the podcast of Marc Maron. WTF.
“Maybe Alec did the same. I hope this is the case. But the problem is, blank cartridges are treacherous because they look like the real ones. They have a very small hole in the back through which you can remove the powder, ”continued George Clooney.
And if he is so picky about the subject, it is because he was traumatized by the death of his friend Brandon Lee, himself shot in similar circumstances during the filming of The Crow in 1993. “After Brandon’s death, it became very clear: open the gun, look at the barrel, look in the barrel, make sure (it’s safe). The accident of Rust is part of a series of tragedies, but also stupid mistakes, ”he added.