Actor William Hurt has broken his silence about the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones with this article by Cassandra Szklarski from the Canadian Press.
Hurt seemed very forthcoming when speaking with Szklarsi:
“I just had an unsettled feeling from the very time I got there,” Hurt said by phone from New York.
“I stopped everything and I said in front of everybody, I said, ‘Stop.’ And I asked (assistant director) Hillary (Schwartz) in front of the whole crowd, ‘Are we safe?’ Because it’s her job as the first AD to tell us that. She said, ‘Yes.’”
Hurt says he asked whether there was a spotter to alert them to oncoming trains and how much time they’d have to get out of the way. He says he was told, “Sixty seconds.”
“And I said in front of everybody, ‘Sixty seconds is not enough time to get these people and this equipment off this bridge. There’s just no way.’ And then I looked around, thinking that the rest of the crew, who had all worked with her before … would say something. And they didn’t. They just started shambling back to work. And I thought, ‘Well that’s their vote. They trust her.’ So we went to work.”
Clearly, Hurt laid the decisions to shoot on the train tracks on the key people in charge of the film, as did the court. Two angles of footage were released. One from the view of the train and one from the view of the cast and crew. Why they ever edited the footage is beyond belief.
The shooting of this film, “Midnight Rider,” and the death of Sarah Jones will haunt Hurt and everyone else who was involved for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile, the name of Sarah Jones lives on as Slates for Sarah continues to gain followers and supporters on Facebook.