Alec Baldwin shares letter from ‘Rust’ crew, saying morale was high

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Actor Alec Baldwin on Thursday shared a letter on his Instagram account from members of the “Rust” crew defending the production of the film in which a director of photography was killed by a live bullet.

In the open letter, the cast and crew objected to another team’s portrayal of “Rust” as a dangerous production, and instead described a set of high morale and working conditions. fair. “Rust’s descriptions of a chaotic, dangerous and exploitative workplace are false and distract from what matters most: the memory of Halyna Hutchins and the need to find modern alternatives to firearms and to outdated security practices in the industry, “reads the letter shared by Baldwin and signed by 25 cast and team members.

Hutchins, the film’s cinematographer, was killed and director Joel Souza injured when a gun handled by Baldwin on the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, fired a live bullet. The actor denied responsibility for the fatal shooting in a lengthy TV interview last week, saying he did not believe he was responsible for Hutchins’ death. The actor had been told by a member of the crew that the gun was safe.

Signers of the letter acknowledged that “a few crew members” resigned before the accidental shooting, but said the vast majority remained. “These disgruntled few do not represent the views of all of us,” the letter said.

Two members of the team have filed civil lawsuits accusing Baldwin, the producers and others of negligence and lax safety protocols on set. New Mexico prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies said last week that some of the people who handled guns on the set of the western could face criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting.

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