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Video played at trial shows Alec Baldwin scolding ‘Rust’ crew for not having guns loaded fast enough

By Samuel Lee
March 2, 2024

A trial video shows Alec Baldwin urging the 'Rust' crew to hasten gun preparations before a tragic accident.

In a courtroom drama that has captured the nation's attention, a video was shown during the trial of 'Rust' armorer Hannah Guiterrez Reed, displaying Alec Baldwin's impatience with the film's crew over the speed at which firearms were being readied. This video became a focal point in the case following the unfortunate death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set in 2021, the Daily Wire reported.

Intense moments on set captured in trial video

In the footage, Baldwin, known for his roles in 'Saturday Night Live' and '30 Rock', could be seen demanding faster action from the crew. It emphasizes the need for immediate retakes with the words "One more! Right away!" This urgency was palpable even after the director called "cut". On the contrary, Baldwin insisted on reloading for another take.

Guiterrez Reed, the 24-year-old armorer was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He appeared in the video rushing to comply with Baldwin's demands. Hence, it was a move that has sparked debate over the set's safety protocols.

Baldwin's insistence was on haste. In fact, it was captured in the phrase "Here we go! C'mon". Thus, it underscores the high-pressure environment that preceded the tragic incident.

The prosecution has argued that this rush contributed to a neglect of safety measures. This points to Baldwin and Reed's joint responsibility in the mishap.

Jason J. Lewis, one of the prosecutors, emphasized that safety protocols were treated as optional. Hence, it is a critical mistake in a setting where lives were at stake.

Expert testimony highlights safety concerns

Veteran armorer Bryan Carpenter's testimony reinforced the idea that the set's pace compromised safety.

He stated, "Rushing with firearms and telling someone to rush with firearms is not normal nor accepted". Risks associated with such pressure are highlighted.

Carpenter also suggested that the presence of two armorers might have mitigated the risks. This is a standard not met on the 'Rust' set. Despite these safety concerns, David Halls, the first assistant director, defended the set's safety record until the fatal incident. He argued that Baldwin's actions did not constitute rushing.

Legal and personal repercussions for those involved

Halls, who has since retired from the industry, faced legal consequences himself, pleading no contest to negligent weapon handling.

Baldwin, maintaining that he did not pull the trigger, faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, with his trial set for July.

Baldwin's defense leans heavily on the assertion that he was misled to believe the gun was safe. His attorney, Luke Nikas, argued, "He relied on the professionals with whom he worked," a statement that underscores the complexity of assigning blame in this tragic event.

The broader implications for film industry safety

This case has sparked a wider discussion on safety protocols on film sets, especially concerning the use of firearms.

The 'Rust' incident serves as a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of neglecting these protocols.

The film industry, while a realm of creativity and artistry, is also a workplace where safety must be paramount. The tragic events on the 'Rust' set have led to calls for stricter adherence to safety measures, ensuring that such a tragedy is not repeated.

As the trial progresses, the industry and its observers watch closely, hoping for justice for Halyna Hutchins and lessons learned to prevent future accidents. The 'Rust' trial not only seeks to attribute responsibility but also to serve as a catalyst for change in how safety is prioritized in film production.


  • A trial video highlighted Alec Baldwin's impatience with the 'Rust' crew's speed in preparing firearms.
  • Prosecutors argue that the rush contributed to a neglect of safety measures, implicating Baldwin and Reed.
  • Testimonies from industry professionals emphasize the importance of not rushing with firearms to maintain safety.
  • The tragic incident has sparked a broader discussion on the necessity of stringent safety protocols in film production.