Alec Baldwin was involved in the most unfortunate incident which left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead at the set of ‘Rust.’ Baldwin fired a prop gun at the 42-year old cinematographer. However, the shot from the gun ended up being fatal and Hutchins was pronounced dead.
Many rumors circulated after the outrage and press regarding Hutchins’ death. While many attributed the death to a toxic work environment, others called for an examination of the industry’s prop standards.
Baldwin took the worst of the criticism surrounding the controversy. However, the actor shared a letter signed by 25 staff members involved in the production of the movie. They claimed that the rumors surrounding the production being “a chaotic, dangerous, and exploitative workplace” are false.
We are hurting from the loss of our friend and colleague, Halyna Hutchins. She was, in many ways, at the heart of our production, and losing her hurt every single one of us. Unfortunately, in the film industry, it is common to work on unprofessional or hectic productions to gain experience and credits. Many of us have worked on those types of productions. Rust was not one of them. Rust was professional … While we stand firmly with our unions and strongly support the fight for better working conditions across our industry, we do not feel that this set was a representation of the kind of conditions our unions are fighting against.
The crew members at first expressed grief at losing Hutchens. They said that she was at the heart of the production, and her loss was a significant pain to everyone involved.
The letter is meant to absolve the producers of ‘Rust’ of enforcing any sort of toxicity in the workplace. While the crew members did admit that a movie set is bound to be stressful to many, they explained that the set of Rust didn’t have any such forces present.
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