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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

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UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Timmm
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Timmm

I’m sure Alec will blame this on Trump to!

Kay
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Kay

As much as I would like to come down on AB I will not I will pray for him and what he is going thru maybe just maybe he will understand the tragedy of making a wrong decision !! Our country is broken I choose to get on my knees and pray !! Please do not attack just pray for our nation as we are indeed lost ! God bless America !!!

Kay
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Kay

This year I have went thru breast cancer loosing my sister to alzheimers etc so we are tough we will survive

Timmm
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Timmm

Alec is a mean person. He treats “Little People” like complete crap! Look at the way he treated his own daughter, calling her a pig. He disgusts me. BUT, I dont wish anything bad on ANYONE! God has a way of humbling all of us! Whether we heed his message and right our wrongs, its up to us. I’m sure Alec feels horrible killing someone and hopefully that will humble this troubled soul. As for you and your sister, I am sorry you had to go through this and loose your sister. it is sad. I understand why you would… Read more »

Satan
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I suppose the obvious question here is…. why the Hell doesn’t somebody check these “prop” guns to make sure there are no live rounds in the chamber?

If they can’t find somebody competent to do that, then maybe they should only buy new guns which have never been loaded. Or just use fake guns and dub in the appropriate sound effects later?

I’m a Devil, not a firearms expert, but this doesn’t seem all that complicated to me.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

A tragedy on every level. Unthinkable and more proof that life can change or end in the blink of an eye. Horribly sad.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

One person was killed and one person injured. A cloud of secrecy will naturally attract all types of speculation. Was he playing around with the prop? Was the live round intentionally placed in the gun? Was a scene being discussed/rehearsed? How did two people get shot? Was the gun inspected first? Until more details come out this is quite sketchy to say the least. I can’t stand Alec Baldwin and even i’m still shocked. Time will tell. Or will it?

Carrie
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Carrie

Prayers for them all. Very sad.

rose
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rose

Carrie & All…Prayers are where the attention should be first. Then the speculations as to how it happened ca follow. So many avoidable deaths and injuries come down to guns, any type, even a prop. Awful “invention” that’s only reason to be is to kill.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

What in the world was live amunition doing on a movie set? Seriously, am I asking a stupid or naive question? I don’t know anything about props but to what advantage would having real, live bullet there?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Finally, someone asks the right question. Violet, there’s culpability here, no doubt. But the truth will get buried to avoid harming the project even more. Imagine living with this guilt… I’d be in a bad place right now if I were Baldwin, the prop people, and anyone else who’s been irresponsible.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

It boggles my mind the way some people can consider Alec Baldwin a “mean person” who “treats ‘Little People’ like complete crap” and yet not see that in a certain former president whose evident joie de vivre was (as president) and is (as ex-president) treating people “like complete crap.” Tweeting (or otherwise lodging) insults, even to the dearly departed (John McCain, Colin Powell), is/was a full-time job for this disgusting excuse for a human being. Kids in cages anyone? The list of his transgressions (criminal and unethical) goes on and on. There has never been such a criminal, amoral, inept,… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Jamesj75, I share your feelings. It’s funny how people rationalize the behavior of some and are willing to “cancel” anyone else who rubs them the wrong way. I’m a decades-long fan of Woody Allen but now I have to watch who I mention his films to. No one will even consider both sides of a story once they’ve made up their minds. I’m no fan of Alec Baldwin but that doesn’t affect my empathy for him and this tragic situation. There always has to be someone to blame so that people have a place to focus their feelings, positive… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, great to see your response and your concurrence. You make further great points. The current situation is so tragic. Empathy is really not that hard to do. Breaking up is hard to do… 🙂 Take care, Friend.

Dan
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Dan

Very well said, James! I agree 100%.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Dan, thank you for your comment and for making my day! Best to you, Friend.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Jamesj75; I’m trying this comment again. Something got screwed up in my edits and after several attempts I have no idea if it will get through, and if it does what it’ll look like, lol. I edited and each time I checked the edits weren’t there, then I deleted, added. It may look like a word puzzle if it get through so here’s a new attempt: Jamesj75: I see we think the same of the former guy; and you put your feelings about him in the most mild terms possible. Believe me. What I would say would take a book… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rebecca1, thank you for your perseverance. And for your further commentary on the “former guy.” You and I have commiserated here previously about him. Indeed, many books have been written about his crimes, missteps, faux pas, lies, insults, etc., which, sadly, were virtually daily occurrences in his presidency. God help us all if he ever holds office again. Lord knows, his enablers in Congress have changed laws in many states to facilitate that possibility and to suppress the vote aka suppress the will of the people. I did mention Colin Powell in my previous post because I read the despicable… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol; I’m not as discreet as you are; there was no empathy there. I’ve witnessed enough on this site with certain “regulars” to know. I call it as I see it; and I see it. ♥

rose
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rose

Jamesj75…I agree with your comments about the gun tragedy and the “former guy.” You expressed them in a very thoughtful way. To add a followup, editorials from the LA Times suggest tptb will be banning real guns and live bullets from tv and movie sets. And even the firing of props would not be at target anymore. It’s about time. And why so many guns in movies and tv anyway??? It doesn’t help when the new Walmart toy catalogue has two pages of advertising in four color from Nerf with every kind of gun imaginable in the hands of kids… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great to have your input and kind words here, Rose! I also appreciate your further discussion of guns on TV and in movies as well as the targeting of kids by Walmart (and others) for indoctrination into the gun culture. Honestly, it’s one culture I don’t like or understand… Take care, Friend!

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Ingo Rademacher Speaks Out On His Dismissal From GH Sharing: “I Was Hoping to Play Jax For Another 10 or 25 Years and Unfortunately, That’s Not Going to Happen”

For the first time since he was fired for not adhering to General Hospital’s and Disney/ABC’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Ingo Rademacher (Ex-Jax), addressed his exit from the soap opera via an “official video” message on his Instagram account.

Ingo expressed: “I’m sorry that I didn’t put out this video earlier, but this is about thanking you guys, the fans of the show and also the GH crew and cast. I was on the show for 25 years. They were like my family a lot of the people there. I was hoping to play Jax for another 10 or 25 years and unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. I want to thank you guys for sticking with Jax for 25 years and I’m sorry that I’m not there anymore to play Jax, which is still something that I am trying to process  … it’s just kind of crazy.”

Rademacher also took aim at his former co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) for announcing on Twitter that he was no longer on the show, before he had a chance to do so, which he says was a huge disappointment to him given that they worked together for 25 years.

He went on to say how he appreciated all the positive comments from the fans adding, “A lot of you come on there to say that you’re vaccinated but stand for medical freedom, I love hearing that, because I believe it should be a choice.”  Ingo continued to express his view, “I don’t agree with vaccine mandates or corporations ever being able to mandate a vaccine to keep your job.”

The actor closed with another nod to the viewers of GH adding, “Thank you so much for supporting me for 25 years. I will have more news later on, but for now, just wanted to thank all of you amazing fans. Thank you.”

You can watch Rademacher’s full statement via his IG post below.  Then, let us know what you thought of Ingo’s long-awaited exit message in the comment section.

 

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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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