Kirstie Alley On Baldwin Incident: ‘I Have Never Been Handed A Gun By An AD’

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On Tuesday, Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley commented that the alleged incidents that had transpired on the movie set of “Rust,” where reports indicated that an assistant director on the set yelled “cold gun,” then handed actor-producer Alec Baldwin a prop gun with which Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, were not typical on a set of a scene being filmed.

Alley tweeted:

No AD yells “COLD GUN” The armourer or prop person is supposed to PERSONALLY show you the gun so you can see it is empty for yourself. Then I dry fire it into the ground. I have NEVER been handed a gun by an AD & I’ve been handed 100 guns & I’ve never heard “COLD gun” in 40 years.

As The Daily Wire reported on Saturday, “court documents show assistant director David Halls yelled ‘cold gun’ to indicate that the prop weapon did not contain live rounds. Halls handed Baldwin one of three prop guns that had been set up by an armorer, unaware that the prop gun contained a live round, according to an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by KOAT.”

Actor Carl Matino echoed Alley, “I used a handgun every day on the set of my show for 9 years. No one ever used those terms. The actors always checked their weapons themselves no matter what anyone on set told them.”

Actor Adam Baldwin, who starred in numerous films, including Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” added his perspective:

“Cold Weapon/s! Cold Weapon/s On Set!” is most common declaration made when practical firearm/s brought on set. It is at this time when the bearer of weapon/s displays it/them with open, empty breach/es or cylinder/s and flashlight shone through barrel/s.

The Daily Wire added:

Bryan Carpenter, an armorer and weapons master in the film industry, told CNN that “cold guns” shouldn’t be loaded, especially during rehearsals. “You have to make sure that the weapon is truly cold, which means there should have been no rounds in there, period. And especially if it’s a rehearsal,” Carpenter told the outlet. Carpenter also insisted that prop guns should be inspected by two people to ensure they’re “cold” before anyone handles them on set.

A group of camera crew workers walked off the set hours before the fatal incident. The Los Angeles Times reported on January 22:

Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — lingo for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks — two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.  “There should have been an investigation into what happened,” a crew member said. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”

The Times added that one crew member texted the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe.”

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