Stars have been paying tribute to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins following Thursday’s tragic shooting on the set of “Rust”.
Hutchins died after actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot her with a prop firearm. Director Joel Souza was also injured, but is said to have since been released from hospital.
Actress Frances Fischer, who plays Baldwin’s character’s sister in the film, posted a beautiful tribute: “Rest in Paradise Dear Halyna -I loved watching you work: Your intense focus and your vibrant command of the room.
I asked you to stand next to me in our #IAsolidarity #RUST cast&crew photo because I wanted to make sure you were front and center, seeing as there are so few non-male directors of photography.
There is a line from #Unforgiven that maybe someday I will have the courage to put here.
It pretty much sums it all up.
In the meantime, my prayers are with your family and with all who love and miss you.
Director James Gunn was among those posting about the horrific incident on Twitter.
He wrote: “My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on “Rust”, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.”
My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021
Actor Elijah Wood added: “Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.”
Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) October 22, 2021
Debra Messing also defended Baldwin while paying tribute to Hutchins.
She posted: “A prop gun was handed to him. He used it in the scene. Then – a catastrophic event happened where Halnya Hutchins lost her life and Joel Souza was injured. I am praying for all of their families.”
It is absolutely NOT. A prop gun was handed to him . He used it in the scene. Then- a catastrophic event happened where Halnya Hutchins lost her life and Joel Souza was injured. I am praying for all of their families. https://t.co/dsUxsofs3F
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) October 22, 2021
See more tributes below.
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins. Crew should never be unsafe on set and when they are there is always a clearly definable reason why. #IASolidarity
— Alex Winter (@Winter) October 22, 2021
I’m gutted. This is beyond a tragedy and there are so many rules in place to make sure this can’t happen. I can’t even fathom how this is possible. So many people had to be negligent. This is a crime. Halyna was a tremendous talent. I’m sick to my stomach. https://t.co/JviMb0aupu
— Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) October 22, 2021
My heart breaks for the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins – this is just horrifying and devastating news.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) October 22, 2021
What an absolute nightmare. We lost a rising star, female cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. https://t.co/ZDD5HHYVTk
— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 22, 2021
My heart aches for Ms. Halyna Hutchins family, and loved ones.
This is terrifying, and utterly heartbreaking. https://t.co/11mGekM685
— Crown Vic (@VictoriaMahoney) October 22, 2021
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. 💔
— Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021
My thoughts are with Halyna Hutchins’ friends and family, and I’m hoping that Joel Souza and Alec Baldwin are with the ones they love and receiving the best care possible. What a horrible situation.
— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) October 22, 2021
I’m in shock. I was so lucky to have had Halyna Hutchins as my DP on Archenemy. An incredible talent & great person. I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family pic.twitter.com/W479ch56Js
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) October 22, 2021
Sick and devastated to hear that my friend and rockstar cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set today in New Mexico. I don't have words to describe this tragedy. I want answers. I want her family to somehow find peace among this horrific, horrific loss. pic.twitter.com/ElAQNMuQvR
— 𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗 🕷️🕸️ (@elleschneider) October 22, 2021
The entire cast have understandably been left “absolutely devastated” by the tragedy.
“Rust” Movie Productions LLC shared in a statement obtained by E! News: “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones.
“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counselling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”