Veteran prop master claims he turned down the job on the set of a production company. “Rust,”Over safety concerns, a fatal shooting was committed at the scene.
“I had a terrible feeling about this one, for sure,” Neal Zoromski, property master of the TNT show “Franklin & Bash,” told Inside Edition.
Zoromski revealed he was asked to combine the job of armorer and assistant property master into a single position to save money on the low budget western starring Alec Baldwin.
“Right there, I knew there was an issue and something was terribly wrong, because those positions have a singular focus all of their own,” Zoromski said.
Zoromski says he suggested a team of five and the film came back offering a team of three.
“So right off the bat, there was comprising,” Zoromski said.
The revelation comes as the investigation continues into the Oct. 21 tragedy, in which Baldwin fired a prop gun while rehearsing a scene on the New Mexico set, striking and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
Detectives reportedly seized “two boxes of ammo,” “loose ammo” and a “fanny pack with ammo” they found as evidence.
There are also reports that the prop gun that killed Hutchins may have been used for target practice the morning of the shooting.
A source told entertainment news site The Wrap that, “Crew members had taken prop guns …including the gun that killed Hutchins — to go ‘plinking,’ a hobby in which people shoot at beer cans with live ammunition.”
It’s also been revealed that assistant director Dave Halls, who reportedly called out “cold gun”Baldwin was then handed the pistol. Baldwin fired the gun from the movie set. “Freedom’s Path”In 2019, a gun accidentally discharged, causing minor injuries to crew members.
Baldwin and his crew are seen in rehearsals of the scene as a photo taken within the church just moments before the fatal shooting. Baldwin stood only a few feet away from Hutchins and Halls was right next to him.
Thomas Pimentel, the owner and operator of TNT Limited Productions’ prop rental company, demonstrated the safety benefits of plexiglass. He believes that live ammunition should not be used. “anywhere near the set.”