An enraged Nicolas Cage stormed the set of a movie where Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was in charge of weapons – and tore the rookie gunsmith apart for firing a gun without warning, members of the ‘team in a new report.
The 24-year-old ‘Rust’ gunsmith – responsible for firearms when Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins down last Thursday – has been repeatedly accused by crew members of breaking protocols basic safety on the Montana set of Cage’s “The Old Way” in August. , they told TheWrap.
Cage even left the set yelling at Gutierrez-Reed after firing a gun without warning for the second time in three days, Key to the film Stu Brumbaugh said.
“Make an announcement, you just blew my eardrums!” Cage yelled before leaving in anger, Brumbaugh recalls.
Brumbaugh even told the deputy gunsmith, “She needs to be released,” he recalls.
“After the second round, I was pissed off. We were going too fast. He’s a rookie, ”he said, saying it was only after complaining that he found out it was the first film by the key member of the team in charge. weapons.
Brumbaugh detailed a series of complaints that have been made about Gutierrez-Reed, including those who entered the set with streaks of live whites without announcing it to the cast and crew.
She also walked around with pistols tucked under her armpits so as to point at people, and allowed guns to be aimed at people, Brumbaugh told TheWrap.
Another crew member – who spoke on condition of anonymity – confirmed the concerns.
Gutierrez-Reed “put the cast and crew in several unnecessary and dangerous situations,” the unidentified crew member told TheWrap.
Before the fatal shooting of “Rust”, Gutierrez-Reed – the daughter of Hollywood gun expert Thell Reed – admitted not feeling ready to take responsibility when offered the position of “The Old Way” .
“It was also my first time to become a chief gunsmith… I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready,” he said. she admitted to a podcast last month.
“I think the best part of my job is just to show people who are normally a little freaked out about guns how safe they can be and how not really problematic unless they are. from being put in the wrong hands, ”Reed said.
Brumbaugh criticized film producers for putting such inexperienced people into key jobs just to save money.
“It’s happening more and more,” he told TheWrap.
“As the producers refuse to bring in more experienced people because their prices are higher, they demand that we take our time and (the producers) do not want to pay for it. So they hire a newbie who is energetic and wants the job and will do it with fewer people, he said.
More than Gutierrez-Reed’s inexperience, he thinks the problem on “Rust” was that “she had no help,” Brumbaugh said, echoing complaints from other senior members of the team. shooting.
“She did everything on her own in this movie and in the other movie.
“If there had been one more person in the other movie, the tragedy wouldn’t have happened. A second person would have inspected to make sure the barrels were clear, ”he said.
Gutierrez-Reed could not be contacted, and neither “The Old Way” first assistant nor Cage representatives are responding to requests for comment, TheWrap said.
An unidentified producer of the film, however, insisted that they had “no recollection” of the events mentioned by the grip, insisting that they were “exaggerated”.
Jeffrey Crow, the prop master who oversaw Gutierrez-Reed on “The Old Way,” also defended her in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“I thought she was an exceptionally young, promising, very enthusiastic and talented gunsmith,” he said, feeling “stuck” that she could be involved in the accidental fatal shot fired by Baldwin.
“I trusted her a lot, and I still do. I would be surprised if there was something she was responsible for in all of this, just seeing how she has acted in the past. This is all such a surprise.