The problems at the set of the Western classic Rust seem to be never ending. Another horrific incident has taken place on the set of Rust when it was being shut down due to the accidental shooting of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died of her injury and Joel Souza who was hospitalized for a shoulder wound and has been discharged, since.
On October 21, in a horrific turn of events, actor Alec Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza. He was rehearsing with what had been called out as “cold gun” by assistant director Dave Hall which meant that there was no live ammo. The gun was reportedly checked by armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Unfortunately it had a live bullet which first hit Halyna fatally and then hit Souza.
After the shooting, Alec Baldwin had said that the low budget movie would not be completed. A crew member, who was helping wind down production of the movie Rust, was bitten by a venomous spider, according to a report by Sky News. Jason Miller, who is a pipe rigger as well as a lamp operator was bitten by a brown recluse spider, which is native to North America.
According to the report by the outlet, a Just Giving page Mr. Miller was on site on the set of the Rust which was shot near Santa Fe. The page was set up to pay for his medical expenses. After being bitten by the spider, he experienced severe symptoms such as necrosis of his arms as well as sepsis. He was hospitalized and has undergone multiple surgeries. The doctors have been doing their best to arrest the infection.
The page also said that Mr. Miller’s doctors were trying hard to avoid amputating his arm. It noted that it would be a “very long road to recovery for Jason” if the doctors were able to save his arm. It also mentioned that if he lost his arm, he and his family’s life would be changed by the “devastating event.”
A spokesperson for the producers of the movie Rust, including Alec Baldwin, sent a statement to Sky News that said that they did not comment on individual members of the cast and crew’s “private matters.”
According to a report in the Daily Mail the page has been taken down on Sunday.