Did Alec Baldwin address ‘Rust”s on-set tragedy on Twitter?
As you may already know, a tragedy has occurred on the set of the movie Rust, and things aren’t looking good for Alec Baldwin, one of its stars & producers. Did the actor fully address the accidental shooting and death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins?
What exactly occurred on that fatal day on set and what does this mean for Alec Baldwin’s future? Let’s dive into the heartbreaking event and find out. First though, some preliminary context.
Some background information
Rust is an independent movie that was currently in production with lead actor Alec Baldwin. Part of the movie was being filmed in New Mexico, at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe.
Director Joel Souza has summarized the movie with the following blurb: “A 13 year-old boy, left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880’s Kansas, goes on the run with his long estranged grandfather after he’s sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.”
It certainly sounds like an interesting film, perhaps a coming-of-age story set in the wild west. Unfortunately, something deeply disturbing happened as the movie was being shot.
What happened on the set of Rust?
While filming a scene, Alec Baldwin fired a prop firearm. This action turned tragic when it fired and hit Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, and Joel Souza, the director. Hutchins was lifted on a helicopter and tragically pronounced dead when she arrived at the hospital.
Rust Movie Productions LLC, which is the company in charge of this movie, issued a statement: “There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.” They also said the following:
“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones. We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”
Alec Baldwin himself soon responded to what happened.
What did Alec Baldwin say on Twitter?
Alec Baldwin took to Twitter to explain the grisly matter. He said the following: “1-There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred. . .”
“2- I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
At least he addressed the matter properly. What comes next will be up to the living relatives of Hutchins. We’ll see where they take things. However, this issue is more than just a tragedy. . .
More than meets the eye
Twitter user @della_morte_ said the following about the shooting on Twitter, sharing pictures of the article and adding this insightful commentary: “Deleted my previous tweet on this film set shooting cause apparently the gun had actual live ammunition in it (!) and they were using some random local hires and not using a union crew which just changes the focus of the issue here completely.”
She raises a good point. It looks like the set chose to hire those who were not associated with the union in order to cut costs, which is quite tragic. Not only that, but based on the date we’ve gathered, we can confirm @della_morte_ is correct: the gun was loaded with a single round, not a blank shot.
We’ll have to see where this case goes from here.
Things aren’t looking good for Alec Baldwin. We’re not sure how this is going to end. His accident has become a tragedy, and we’re holding our breath, waiting for what’s coming next.