Just two weeks after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, Angelina Jolie has responded to the incident. The actress who appeared in the likes of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, has discussed her experience with gun safety in Hollywood in an interview with The UK Times.
“I can’t imagine what these families are going through. At this moment, the grief and the tragedy of that accident is quite overwhelming,” Jolie said. “I’ve always been very careful because I’ve had to work with guns a lot.
“The way I’ve worked or checked when I’m directing, there are certain procedures. You have to take it very seriously.”
Baldwin has been relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi since the accident occurred. Last weekend, the actor pulled over to the side of the road to make a statement with journalists that had been following him.
“A woman died. She was my friend, she was my friend,” Baldwin cried. “When I arrived in Sante Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner.
“We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together when this horrible event happened.”
An investigation surrounding the incident is ongoing. The director of the film Joel Souza, who was also wounded in the shooting, described the final minutes before Hutchins’ death. He said Baldwin was rehearsing a scene when he was handed a gun which was supposedly “cold” (meaning it was not loaded).
“Joel stated that they had Alec sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practising a cross draw,” an affidavit read.
“Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of Halyna, when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop.”
As for Jolie, the actress has appeared in the new Marvel film The Eternals which is in now in cinemas world wide.