Sunday, April 14, 2024

“Rust” Never Sleeps: Alec Baldwin Will Resume Shooting Film Next Week Despite Pending Trial and Civil Lawsuit Over Death of Halyna Hutchins


Alec Baldwin will resume production of the movie “Rust” next week despite a pending trial and civil lawsuit over the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Taking the low road, Baldwin feels compelled to finish a low budget movie that no one cared about in the first place and won’t go to if it’s made — except out of morbid curiosity. (These people act like they’re trying to finish “The Ten Commandments” or “Gone with thre Wind”!)

Yesterday Baldwin’s lawyers asked the court to dismiss a civil suit brought by Hutchins’ mother and sister, claiming that they were estranged from her so they don’t deserve any money. Also, Baldwin has made a deal with Hutchins’ husband, part of which includes his getting Executive Producer credit on the finished him. This is all in such poor taste, it boggles the mind.

And then there’s the criminal case in Santa Fe against Baldwin and Hannah Guitierrez-Reed. Baldwin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and presumably will stand trial unless some kind of plea agreement can be reached. Special prosecutors have been appointed who will carry on with the case.

When the gun went off that killed Hutchins, director Joel Souza was also shot. He doesn’t seem to care since he will resume directing the movie. Will they stick to the script so we see the scene that was supposed to be shot when the two people were actually shot? Since there’s no bottom to how low this goes, why not? Why not write the shooting into the screenplay?

What I can’t wait for are the press junkets and interviews when “Rust” is finally released by whatever film company can be convinced to do it. You can hear the publicists now: “Don’t ask about the shooting, or the trial, or the lawsuits.” Unbelievable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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