After actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed Photography Director Halyna Hutchins and injured the director of his upcoming film, Rust, with a prop gun, a discussion arose about the responsibility that comes with handling firearms of any kind.
Although Baldwin's case is atypical, as the vast majority of filming goes off without major problems, there have been several tragedies similar to this one throughout history.
In 1993 during the filming of the movie The Crow, Brandon Lee, the son of the legendary Bruce Lee, died from an accidental gunshot after a terrible mistake. Due to lack of budget, they used real bullets from which they removed the powder, but not the fulminate. One of these bullets got stuck in the gun and, without checking it, they inserted blanks. When the second bullet was fired, it pushed the one they had previously tried to fire, hitting Lee and killing him.
During the filming of xXx, Vin Diesel's stunt double, Harry L. O'Connor, died during a scene in which he had to guide a parachute under a bridge. He lost control on his descent and hit the bridge at high speed, dying instantly.
Another mishap happened to Art Scholl, a pilot who did the flying scenes in Top Gun. In one, he lost control of the plane and fell into the Pacific Ocean. His body was never found.
In the 1980s, American actor and model Jon-Erik Hexum, died after spending several days in a coma as a result of an accident he suffered during the filming of the seventh episode of the series Cover Up.
Hexum joked with a blank pistol shooting himself in the temple and the impact proved fatal, since the gun was very close to his head, the shot perforated his skull and some bone fragments damaged his brain.
My Impossible Partner
On July 29, 1992, actor César Pierry died in Argentina during the filming of My Impossible Partner.
A smoke grenade exploded in his hand and seriously injured him. After 19 days in hospital and four operations, the last one lasting more than seven hours, the actor died. At the time, several hypotheses were put forward, referring to a medical error and excessive anesthesia, but nothing was proven.
In 2018 stuntwoman Joi "SJ" Harris died during the filming of Deadpool 2. During filming, Harris lost control of a motorcycle while turning a corner and crashed into a window on the first floor of a building.