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Fewer than three weeks before actor Alec Baldwin is due to go on trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, prosecutors have said that he “engaged in horseplay with the revolver”, including firing a blank round at a crew member on the set of Rust before the tragic accident occurred.

Baldwin is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In new court documents, prosecutors said they plan to bring new evidence to support their case that the 66-year-old actor and producer was reckless with firearms while filming on the set and displayed “erratic and aggressive behavior during the filming” that created potential safety concerns.

Prosecutors in the case, which is due to go to trial on 10 July, have previously alleged that to watch Baldwin’s conduct on the set of Rust “is to witness a man who has absolutely no control of his own emotions and absolutely no concern for how his conduct affects those around him”.

In the latest filing, special prosecutors Kari Morrissey and Erlinda Johnson allege that Baldwin pointed his gun and fired “a blank round at a crew member while using that crew member as a line of site as his perceived target”.

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[–] [email protected] 42 points 3 weeks ago (7 children)

The only reason to do it is verisimilitude, and that's not compelling because a fake is easy enough to acquire/create.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago (4 children)

Isn't literally everything in film and TV intended to look real, or at least look like it exists in that universe?

[–] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago (3 children)

Sure, but the difference between a real gun and a fake gun is not that great.

Also, they often shoot 30 times without reloading from guns with a much lesser capacity. Their interest in realism is often so-so.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

Wasn't your original point that they use real guns so the guns... look real?

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago (1 children)

My original point was that the difference in how real it looks is not so great that it is outweighed by dangers of having a functional gun.

My later point was that they can't be all that concerned with being realistic if they are shooting 30 times from a gun with a 10 round magazine without reloading.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

Ironically, I think there is a link there. I am more likely to relax my disbelief if things look real. Once I have immersed myself into a situation I believe ( because it seems real ), I am less likely to pay attention to things like shot count.

It is the same as having heros that struggle with situations early on and then later are effortlessly capable of so much more. I already believed them so now they can take advantage of that.

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