SANTA FE, N.M. – A “Rust” actor mentioned Friday he wished “precautions” had been taken on set that might’ve prevented Alec Baldwin’s tragic misfiring of a prop gun that left the movie’s cinematographer lifeless.
“It’s mainly, it’s a horrible disgrace, I want precautions would’ve been taken in order that it didn’t occur,” John C. Ashton, who had a minor position within the movie, instructed The Submit exterior of the Bonanza Creek Ranch the place the film set was positioned.
“However I don’t know what precisely did occur, the sheriff will inform, you already know, so I can’t say, so I haven’t actually considered all of it that a lot as a result of I don’t have a lot to go on.”
On Thursday afternoon, Baldwin was handed a prop gun loaded with reside rounds however was instructed it was protected minutes earlier than he fired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.
Ashton believed a number of his fellow forged and crew will in all probability be talking with counselors after the on-set tragedy.
The 74-year previous actor, who beforehand had a small half in “Breaking Unhealthy,” was slated to play a frontier “postmaster at a desolate outpost” within the western and was driving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from his residence in Denver when he obtained the information the shoot had been canceled.
“I used to be driving right here from Denver for a [costume] becoming and the client known as and mentioned we’ve got to cancel as a result of there’s been an accident on the set,” Ashton mentioned.
The actor mentioned that no one from the manufacturing firm contacted him or his agent instantly to inform him what occurred and he solely realized the one-day shoot, scheduled for Sunday, was off when the costume firm known as.
On Friday night, he drove himself to the Bonanza Creek Ranch set entrance, hoping he’d be allowed to test it out however the location was closed off.
Now, Ashton mentioned he’s not sure of his ideas concerning the business’s security protocols for the longer term and is ready for extra data earlier than drawing conclusions.
“I haven’t actually considered how I’m imagined to really feel sooner or later about safeguards and so forth however I simply really feel it’s a tragic, horrible factor that occurred,” he mentioned.
Ashton sympathized with Baldwin, the film’s greatest star and one of many movie’s producers, who was seen talking on his cellphone and crying exterior of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Workplace shortly after the deadly incident.
“He have to be in horrible form for having that occur to him, I really feel unhealthy for him and I’m certain he’s in distress over it … I might anticipate he can be,”
“He’s going to take some time to get settled, anyone would.”