Actor and former director explains gun safety in light of Alec Baldwin crash
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – A 42-year-old woman has died after a producer claims actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot her when a pistol missed the set of a Western film in production in New Brunswick. Mexico.
In light of the incident, ABC7 spoke with Louis Hagney, a former Hollywood assistant director, to understand how prop guns work on set and what safety protocols are supposed to be followed to prevent such tragedies. .
Hagney explained that a common misconception is that these “propeller guns” are bogus.
In fact, they are real weapons – so the danger can be real too.
Hollywood propmasters load guns with blank cartridges, so there is no projectile. However, if something gets lodged inside it can be shot like a bullet.
âYou can have something where the barrel maybe gets stuck with something else,â Hagney said. âSomething from a previous shoot. Maybe they used the same gun the day before and something was stuck in the barrel, and they didn’t clean it properly. I mean, a lot of things could have happened.
It’s unclear if this is what happened to Baldwin’s weapon, it’s just a possibility.
He said teams are supposed to make it very clear when a gun is brought to the set. Actors are only allowed to use them while the scene is being filmed and cannot point them at anyone.
Hagney said there was no way this recent shooting could have happened if all the rules had been followed.
âI’m very interested to know what happened because it shouldn’t have happened,â Hagney said. “There’s absolutely no way this has happened on any movie I’ve ever worked on.”
We also spoke to local actor Trevor Aabel, who described his experience working on a set calling for weapons. He confirmed that sometimes real guns are used, but they are full of blanks.
In his experience, only the military or the police were allowed to use real weapons.
He also said that for additional security measures, a specialist would visit each actor and show them that their weapon was empty.
This is not the first time that something like this has happened. In 1993, actor Brandon Lee was accidentally shot dead while filming a movie called “The Crow”.
A fellow actor shot him with what he believed to be a blank loaded firearm. Inside the barrel was actually a .44 caliber bullet.
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