Newly released video content from the set of the film “Rust” shows Alec Baldwin taking charge and calling the shots, quite literally, as he rehearses a scene that includes firing a prop gun. In the video, Baldwin can be seen giving directions to the crew and expressing concern for the safety of the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins. At one point, he tells her to stand clear of his aim, emphasizing, “I don’t want to shoot toward you. I want to shoot close to you.”
The footage, obtained by NBC News, sheds light on Baldwin’s involvement in the production of the film. Despite being initially thought of as having a vanity title as an executive producer, he appears to be heavily involved in the day-to-day production, taking charge of the action and making decisions on set. The video captures a moment where, after the director calls “cut,” Baldwin fires another shot, demonstrating his control over the filming process.
The release of this video comes after Baldwin’s involvement in a tragic incident on set, where he accidentally fired a live round from a prop gun, resulting in the death of Halyna Hutchins and wounding the director. Baldwin was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter, but the charges were later dropped. However, the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office is considering re-filing one or more charges against the actor in light of new evidence.
In addition to the criminal proceedings, Baldwin settled a civil suit with Hutchins’ family. As part of the settlement, Hutchins’ widower, Matthew Hutchins, was brought on as an executive producer of the film. The release of this video has spurred renewed interest and speculation about the events leading up to the tragic incident on the set of “Rust.”
The footage raises questions about the level of supervision and oversight on the set, particularly regarding the handling of weapons and ensuring the safety of the cast and crew. It also highlights the complexities of the role of an executive producer on a film set and the potential impact of their decisions and actions.
With the possibility of the case being presented to a grand jury and the potential for Baldwin to face further legal consequences, the release of this video adds a new layer to the ongoing scrutiny and investigation surrounding the tragic incident on the set of “Rust.”
The video has sparked discussions about the responsibilities and liabilities of individuals in positions of authority on a film set and the need for stringent safety protocols, particularly when it comes to the use of firearms and other potentially dangerous props. It has also reignited conversations about the broader culture and practices within the film industry in ensuring the well-being and protection of everyone involved in the production process.
As the legal and ethical implications continue to unfold, the release of this video serves as a reminder of the need for accountability, transparency, and a commitment to prioritizing safety in the film industry. It also raises important questions about the lines of authority and decision-making on set, and the critical need for comprehensive safety measures and protocols to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.