According to a report by CNN, David Halls, the infamous assistant director at the set of Rust, who shouted “Cold gun!” before handing over the Colt gun that delivered the fatal shot to Hutchins chest, has been the subject of complaints in 2019. The outlet received information about these issues against the director from two persons who closely worked with him.
According to the report, David Halls was accused of disregarding safety protocols for both weapons and pyrotechnics use as well as for blocked fire lanes and exits. He was also accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Hall has been identified as the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the gun that had live ammo that was discharged fatally and killed Hutchins, as per the warrant. The actor thought that it was a prop fireman and also questioned Halls asking him why had he handed him a “hot gun?”
Maggie Goll, an IATSE Local 44 prop maker told the outlet that Halls did not hold safety meetings consistently and also often failed to follow the protocol of announcing the presence of a firearm to the crew.
Goll, who is also a licensed pyrotechnician, also said in her statement that while she had worked with Halls in the Hulu Anthology Series “Into the Dark” that the assistant prop maker had insisted that Halls had to acknowledge and announce the situation of the presence of a firearm and that’s why Halls used to make the announcements.
The statement by Goll who worked on the Into the Dark Anthology Series in February and May of the year 2019, also noted that the Prop Master had often had to scold Halls for his actions of dismissing talent without returned props some of which were weapons, He also failed to make safety announcements.
Halls also wanted to continue with a shoot when a licensed pyrotechnician was unable to be on the set due to a medical emergency. Goll detailed that she had to insist that the shooting at that time would not involve “fire” or “sparks” till the crew were safely back on the set.
She also said that another crew member told her to watch out for Halls as he was too physically familiar with crew of all genders and dispositions, making them uncomfortable. Although there were internal complaints to Blumhouse Productions and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) was informed, no action was taken, as per her knowledge of the situation.
When asked for comment by CNN, there was no response from Hall, Blumhouse Productions or the DGA, up to the time this article was published.