Alec Baldwin, the actor who was detained by police in New York after a confrontation with a 16-year-old girl at his home has denied that members of Rust crew were subjected to “unsafe conditions” before their shooting.
The Rust set was not deemed ‘unsafe,’ according to Alec. (Photo courtesy of AP/Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin has debunked accusations that the Rust film crew was “overworked” and worked in “unsafe circumstances” before to the tragic shooting.
On October 21, the 63-year-old actor shot and murdered cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, on the movie set in New Mexico. After being assured it was ‘cold,’ he shot a rifle without realizing there was a live ammunition in it.
Following the fatal tragedy, rumors surfaced that several crew members had walked off set days before due to poor working conditions. The employees were said to be disgruntled because of the lengthy hours and poor compensation.
A member of the costume department, on the other hand, has rejected these assertions, claiming that the working conditions were fair.
Baldwin uploaded an image of Terese Magpale Davis’ Facebook remark and said, ‘Read this,’ in an Instagram post, evidently endorsing her memory.
Davis wrote: ‘I’m so sick of this narrative.’ It’s unclear what initial statement Davis was responding to.
Baldwin backed a Rust costume designer’s account of events (photo: @alecbaldwininsta, Instagram).
Hutchins died at the age of 42. (Picture: Rex Features)
‘I was involved in the production of this film. The narrative that we are overworked and surrounded by dangerous, chaotic surroundings is nonsense.
‘We never shot for more than 12.5 hours in a day.’ That was previously the case. The majority of the days were under 12 degrees. We had just completed a 12-hour turnaround following an 11-hour shoot day the day Halyna died. By 6:30 p.m., we (with the camera) had left.’
‘We had just had a 56-hour weekend before that,’ she said. No one was too exhausted to do their duties.
‘All of this is supported by daily time sheets.’
It was originally reported that when staff members were assured that the production would pay for their hotel accommodations in Santa Fe near the filming, they were then informed that they would have to travel the 50 miles each day from Albuquerque.
Rust production has been halted (Picture: Zuma Press)
Baldwin was allegedly informed he would be given a ‘cold gun.’ (Image courtesy of Instagram)
‘The camera crew HAD hotels,’ Davis stated in response. They just didn’t think they were posh enough. NOT because they were dangerous. You can’t tell me that six huge guys felt scared in their hotel but were perfectly content sleeping in their vehicles in parking lots (which never occurred).’
Baldwin recently came out of hiding in Vermont, where he has lived since the event, to chat with photographers about his friendship with Hutchins.
He characterized the filmmaker as a buddy and claimed they had dinner together at the outset of the production with director Joel Souza, who was also hurt.
Rust is a 19th-century western that follows Lucas (Brady Noon), a 13-year-old kid who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother when his parents die in 1880s Kansas.
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After his grandpa, famed Western bandit Harland Rust (Baldwin), is condemned to hang for the accidental death of a local rancher, the youngster goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather. Their need to flee is compounded by the fact that Harland already has a reward on his head.
Baldwin participated as both a producer and a performer in the picture, but production has been halted, with no plans to restart, according to Baldwin.
The investigation into the incident is still underway, and no charges have been brought as of yet.
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