How did Alec Baldwin pay tribute to late-cinematographer Halyna Hutchins?
by Ana Walia | Sat, 22 Oct 2022 20:41:39 GMT
Halyna Hutchins. Image Source: New York Post 

Alec Baldwin pays tribute to Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin took to social media to remember late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died on the set of "Rust" during a scene rehearsal.

Alec Baldwin posted a photo of Halyna Hutchins working on a set, but it's unclear whether the photo was taken while Rust was shooting a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in the desert outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. He captioned the picture, "one year today."

In the comments section, fans and followers expressed their love and support for the late cinematographer and actor Alec Baldwin. One of them noted in the comment threads that the fans are comforted that they have reached an understanding and that now Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins' husband will cooperate on the film, honoring her by completing the project she started. Hutchins' husband, Matthew Hutchins, will join the production as an executive producer when filming resumes in January 2023, and it will not take place in New Mexico, according to reports earlier this month.

The first anniversary comes just two weeks after Alec Baldwin reached a settlement with Hutchins' estate in response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in February. Alec Baldwin's representative shared a statement on social media that read that they are glad to announce today that the court lawsuit filed on behalf of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins' family has been settled. The statement went on to say that everyone has remained focused on accomplishing what is best for Halyna and Matthew's son throughout this difficult process, and they are grateful to everyone who has helped them resolve this horrific and distressing situation.

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Brian Panish, Halyna Hutchins' attorney, told ET that they have reached a settlement in their wrongful death case against the Rust producers, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC, subject to court approval. Brian stated that as part of the settlement, their case would be dismissed. Matthew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins' husband, will now executive produce, and filming will resume in January 2023 with all of the original primary actors. Matthew went on to say that he has no desire to recriminate or place blame (on the producers or Alec Baldwin) and that they all genuinely think Halyna's death was a terrible tragedy, and that he is appreciative that the producers and the entertainment world have clubbed together to honor Halyna's final work.

Actor Swen Temmel recently spoke with ET about how Hutchins' death affected him. The actor revealed that his first Western set in Montana since the New Mexico tragedy brought a surreal wave of emotions and explained that he definitely needed a second to process that and deal with it. Swen said that he does not want to say it was PTSD, but there was some angst when he first walked onto the set and the movie's producers were very nice and helped him deal with it. They understood the situation and were ready to help if anything went wrong. Swen Temmel and his coworkers discussed how to deal with the tragedy.

He said that when they couldn't shake the hopelessness of it all, they all leaned on each other, but they all were able to come together again and help one another in the face of a such tragic situation. The actor mentioned that one can never know when a tragedy will strike, and it was the most awful experience that they all went through, but it brought him closer to his friends, family, loved ones, and people who were there for him when this all happened.

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Talking about Halyna, Swen said that she was passionate about being a part of the movie which is Western, and she always talked about it and he added that he had never seen anyone more dedicated to their craft and to doing what they love to be a woman in such a difficult field, coming up and being as successful as she was.

Heather Brewer, a spokesperson for the State of New Mexico's Office of the First Judicial District Attorney, issued a statement to ET on the first anniversary of Halyna Hutchins' death. According to the statement, on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy on the set of the Rust film in Santa Fe County, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis stays true to seeking justice for the deceased and providing answers to the community. They went on to say that once the District Attorney obtains the complete report from the Santa Fe County Sheriff, she as well as her team of expert lawyers and researchers will extensively review all of the evidence and arrive at forms a central part about whether to charge the no one is above the law, as well as every victim is entitled to due process.

Joel Souza, Director of Rust, stated that those who were fortunate enough to know Halyna knew her to be extraordinarily talented, gentle, innovative, and a source of amazing positivity, and that while he wishes the world had gotten to know her, it is unfortunate that she is no longer here. Joel added that in his efforts to heal, any choice to return to completion trying to direct the film only could make logical sense if Matt and the Hutchins family were involved. The director concluded that his entire effort on the film will be dedicated to honoring Halyna and her legacy, as well as making her proud.