The assistant director who gave Alec Baldwin a prop gun that went off when Baldwin acted out the loss of his son in an audition for a TV pilot had a history of complaints over his work. Giancarlo De Luca was hired in 2010 by Paramount to work on the drama series Shameless, where he managed to step on a co-worker, punch an actor, and rip a fingernail out of the head of a co-star. To end the incident with a flourish, De Luca held up a prop gun and told the actors: “If you call the police, don’t worry about it,” according to several reports. It was all caught on tape by surveillance cameras.
As part of the investigation, Javier Villamil, a former Emanuel Pictures production executive who worked alongside De Luca, filed a lawsuit against De Luca and Paramount, claiming wrongful termination. De Luca “engaged in a pattern and practice of threatening, taunting, swearing, disparaging, harassing, humiliating, demeaning, assaulting, insulting, and physically attacking those who dare question him,” Villamil alleges. He said that De Luca was aggressive to anyone who challenged him during work breaks. Villamil quit before De Luca was fired in 2010 over the incident.
The incident during the Shameless audition, according to one report, appears to mirror the behavior from his previous short-lived acting stint. A deposition from Villamil alleges that De Luca shot one of the actors with a model of a bow and arrow at a heated audition. In his testimony, Villamil said De Luca began berating him and demanded that he report to work on time the next day.
De Luca denied everything Villamil said in his lawsuit. He told the New York Times in an email that De Luca “did indeed hire you in accordance with his written employment agreement and, although the settlement terms prevented me from fully discussing the specifics, it is my understanding that you did indeed receive a salary above the minimum required,” according to The Wrap. De Luca also disputes that he ever cursed at an actor or told the actors not to call the police if they called the police.
On Monday, De Luca turned himself in to the Manhattan Police Department’s Detective Squad to face a fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge. His lawyer called the weapon “an old legally owned prop gun.” De Luca was arraigned Tuesday afternoon and released on his own recognizance.
To pay for his bail, De Luca posted a 10 percent down payment to a brokerage firm.