ALEX BALDWIN: NO DOUBT IT WAS NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AND THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROSECUTIONS
So many things went wrong on the Rust set that I couldn’t help but remember one of my closest friends who is no longer with us -- Nick Horvatich, and the hundreds and hundreds of training, testing, and rehearsal hours he spent in mastering mechanical special effects, rigging, fire and pyrotechnics, and rescue maneuvers as a special effects technician.
As the one responsible for the safety of cast, crew, and property, Nick took his duty seriously and clashed numerous times with directors and producers whose directives were: I want it fast, and I want it cheap.
I remember one set where the principal actor brushed off a safety meeting, and Nick sat on the floor after telling him that he would wait until the actor took safety seriously. Nick was not beyond checking the toolboxes and personal tools of the craftsmen on the set if they were associated with special effects.
Another incident comes to mind -- when a producer accused Nick of spending unnecessary time and money over-engineering a staircase that was supposed to support about ten cast members. The same producer requested a publicity shot with over thirty people on the enhanced staircase. If something went wrong, Nick’s name and career were on the line – not to mention any fines, penalties, or worse.
While I usually despise union politics, you must admit they are sticklers for the safety of their members.
Nick was a member of IATSE Local 44.
In remembrance of Nick…
Even though this was a low-budget, mostly non-union production, I hope Alec Baldwin, the co-producer, and the other responsible parties are held accountable for their negligent actions.
It appears that the authorities may know how a live round got on the set ... The gun may have been used off-set for target practice by crew members. This would make it the prop master's or armorer's liability for allowing the weapon to be used in this manner and not checking and double-checking the weapon. Along with the assistant director for not double checking. And, the on-set co-producer who could observe problems firsthand.
Anyone who touches a gun is personally responsible for the use and consequences of using that weapon.
Rest in Peace, Nick.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell