Alec Baldwin Reflects on 2021, Calls ‘Rust’ Shooting ‘Worst Situation’

by Jennifer Shea

In a New Year’s Day video posted to Instagram, actor and producer Alec Baldwin called the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the low-budget movie Rust “the worst situation I’ve ever been involved with.”

Baldwin went on to say that “no one wants the truth more than I do.” And he said he hopes investigators get to the bottom of the shooting death “as soon as possible.”

In the video, Baldwin also reflected on 2021. He revealed that he’s been consulting thought leaders about how to cleanse his life of negativity. Baldwin believes their counsel will help him make it through the investigation into Hutchins’s death.

“The one thing I do want to consider very carefully in this coming year and really push myself is in terms of trying to not allow the negativity in my life to affect me,” Baldwin said in the video. “I’ve been having some very interesting phone calls with some very interesting people, who I will not name. But some of them [are] rather well-known people who deal in all kinds of behavioral, philosophical, religious, spiritual, meditation. All kinds of ways to attain a state of mind where you really short circuit all of the negative in your life.”

Alec Baldwin Faces Multiple Lawsuits Over Conditions on Rust Set

Baldwin was not only the star of Rust. He was also a producer. And two civil lawsuits over the events surrounding Hutchins’ death have named him as a defendant.

The first, from lighting director Serge Svetnoy, lists nearly two dozen defendants. Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed are among them. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for “severe emotional distress,” the Associated Press reports.

Svetnoy said he had taken the low-paying Rust job because Hutchins, his good friend, had asked him to. He reportedly held her head while she passed away and narrowly avoided serious injury himself.

The second lawsuit, from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, also names Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed as defendants, as well as assistant director David Halls. Mitchell first called 911 after the shooting. She claims she was four feet away from the gun when it went off. She charges the defendants with assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. And she’s seeking both compensatory and punitive damages, per Yahoo Entertainment.

“Alec Baldwin, intentionally, without just cause or excuse, cocked and fired the loaded gun even though the upcoming scene to be filmed did not call for the cocking and firing of the firearm,” Mitchell’s complaint reads in part.

Both lawsuits were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

For his part, Baldwin said last month on Instagram that characterizations of the Rust set as a dangerous workplace “are false and distract from what matters most: the memory of Halyna Hutchins.” He acknowledged that “a few” crew members quit over the conditions on set. But he said most Rust cast and crew “were enjoying our workplace.”