The family of Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, is expressing sorrow after a prop gun used by Rust star Alec Baldwin went off, killing the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.
The incident brought back memories for Lee’s family of the incident in 1993 on the set of Crow, also from a prop gun, ended in the death of Brandon.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on ‘Rust.’ No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period,” a Twitter account run by Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee wrote under her father’s name.
She says numerous people have reached out to the family as word about Hutchins death spread.
“There are rules that are supposed to be followed,” Shannon Lee said about the latest incident to the Hollywood Reporter. “I am certainly not pointing fingers at anyone because that would be the wrong thing to do. But, there is no reason for something like this to happen. My heart goes out to Alec Baldwin. I feel for the work he is going to have to do to process this and try to find some measure of peace around it. And even more so for the family of Halyna Hutchins. It’s having your whole world flip upside down. There should be compassion for all the pain everyone is going through.”
She called for an immediate ban on prop guns or any gun that can fire a projectile from a movie set.
“With my brother, they were hugely negligent. They ran out of dummy bullets. They ran out of those for close ups of the gun on the set of The Crow, in order to get the shot they needed they went and bought live ammunition,” she said on Cuomo’s Prime Time on CNN.
She says any gun, even a prop gun, is not allowed to be pointed at anyone, but says “in the heat of the moment,” people forget. She says the actors lack training about the weapons they are holding.
She called for a number of “fail-safes” to prevent this from ever happening.
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