Eliza Hutton is breaking her silence after 28 years after the tragic loss of her fiancé Brandon Lee.
After last week’s tragic accidental shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust, Hutton shared a few photos on her private Instagram with her thoughts on having real guns on sets.
Brandon died at 28 in an almost identical way on March of 1993. At the time, Bandon was on the set of his film The Crow. Hutton, 57, says how the accident on the New Mexico set of Rust that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza is another “avoidable tragedy.”
“Twenty-eight years ago, I was shattered by the shock and grief of losing the love of my life, Brandon Lee, so senselessly. My heart aches again now for Halyna Hutchins’ husband and son, and for all those left in the wake of this avoidable tragedy,” Hutton shared.
“I urge those in positions to make change to consider alternatives to real guns on sets,” she says. “There’s no such thing as a prop gun,” she wrote in the caption in another photo of the two.
The two had planned their wedding for April 17, 1993, after The Crow was scheduled to wrap production. Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, was killed on set on March 31st during the final week of production.
Brandon was killed when another actor shot him using a gun that was supposed to have only been loaded with blanks. On Friday, Brandon’s sister Shannon Lee shared a statement via Twitter in wake of the tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period????” she wrote on her brother’s Twitter page, where she tweets on behalf of his legacy.
As investigations into what happened on the Rust set continue. In the interim, a Change.org petition has been set up, urging for the ban on all real firearms on film and television productions.
The petition was created by Bandar Albuliwi, a director who graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory, where Hutchins was also an alumnus.
“Halyna was a talented cinematographer and a good friend whose life was taken tragically due to a real firearm being used on set,” Albuliwi said. “We need to make sure this never happens again. There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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