Alec Baldwin Shares Letter Reportedly Written by ‘Rust’ Crew

by Chris Haney

After deleting his Twitter account recently, actor Alec Baldwin has shared an open letter allegedly written by the crew of the western film Rust.

The tragic shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has been in the news nonstop since the October incident occurred. While filming the independent western outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hutchins worked with Baldwin setting up an upcoming scene. She supposedly directed the famous actor to point what was thought to be a “cold gun” with no live rounds just off-camera. The firearm unexpectedly discharged a live round, which killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

Since the incident, varying opinions of a possibly chaotic workplace environment have come to light. A few employees quit previous to the shooting, citing safety precautions and living arrangements as insufficient. However, a unified statement from the Rust crew released today has pushed back against those allegations.

Alec Baldwin shared the letter with his more than 2.4 million Instagram followers this morning. The crew states that the letter “has not been sanctioned or influenced in any way by producers.” The letter goes on to say that the crew thinks that the public narrative surrounding Hutchins’ death has been misleading and inaccurate.

The letter adds that, in the film industry, it’s often commonplace to work on unprofessional and hectic productions. Yet the crew states, “Rust was not one of them. Rust was professional.”

“The descriptions of Rust as a chaotic, dangerous, and exploitative workplace are false and distract from what matters the most: the memory of Halyna Hutchins,” the letter says.

“From some of the crew of RUST,” Alec Baldwin captioned his Instagram post.

Alec Baldwin Says He Refuses to Work on Movie With Guns Again

Alec Baldwin recently opened up in an exclusive ABC News interview where he admitted his acting career may be over. At the very least, he emphasized that he’ll never again work on a movie or show that uses guns.

Baldwin sat down for a lengthy tell-all interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired last Thursday. The 30 Rock actor spoke in-depth about the alleged accidental shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. At one point in the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin about his career going forward. The 63-year-old immediately claimed he “couldn’t give a s–t” about his future in TV and in movies.

“It could be, it could be,” Alec Baldwin said, admitting his career might be over. “If I decide that I — I mean, could I work? I’m gonna go make another movie in January. And I said to them, ‘Do you wanna get out of it? Do you wanna get rid of me ’cause of what happened?’ They said, ‘No.’ But I say to myself, ‘Do I wanna work much more after that? Is it worth it?'”

The actor also shared that he’ll never again work on the set of a production with guns. However, Baldwin stands by his claims of not being responsible for Hutchins’ tragic death.

“I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly,” he said. “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”