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The prop manager, who handled the deadly weapon used by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” had expressed doubts about his abilities and ability to load support weapons.
“You know, I was very nervous at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready … but doing it, it went really well for me,” Hannah Reed said before the incident on the Voices of the West podcast.
Reed, whose father is well-known Hollywood gunsmith Thell Reed, appeared on the podcast while working on the set of the Nicholas Cage film “The Old Way.”
That production concluded just a few weeks ago marked his first time as chief gunsmith.
Reed was working with Baldwin last week on “Rust” in New Mexico, when the veteran actor accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza with a prop gun.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness,” Baldwin said on social media after the deadly shooting.
Hannah Reed was reportedly the woman responsible for handling guns on the set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust.”
Loading prop pistols was “the scariest part” of the process, Reed said, and he said his father taught him how to do it.
His father, Thell Reed, is a legendary gunsmith in Hollywood circles who began with Gene Autry, according to his IMDB profile.
“Before long, Hollywood came looking for Thell to share his skills and coach the biggest names in the business,” the profile notes.
He soon worked on TV shows and movies like “Gunsmoke,” “LA Confidential,” “Tombstone,” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”