Alec Baldwin Shares Open Letter From 'Rust' Crew Saying 'Chaotic' Conditions on Set are 'False'
”We do not feel that this set was a representation of the kind of conditions our unions are fighting against,“ 25 cast and crew members say
Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the deadly accident on the set of “Rust” occurred; (insets) Alec Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins (Getty Images)
25 crew members on the set of “Rust” have written in an open letter that the believe the descriptions of the film’s set as “chaotic, dangerous and exploitative are false” and that they distract from the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The open letter was shared via Alec Baldwin’s Instagram page, and the letter says that their comments were not prompted by the producers.
“We do not feel that this set was a representation of the kind of conditions our unions are fighting against,” 25 cast and crew members say in the letter. The crew members on “Rust” who signed the letter represent individuals within accounting, assistant directors, casting, camera, art, props, special effects and other departments.
The letter acknowledges the reports that members of the crew resigned and walked off set on the day of Hutchins’ death but defends the production by saying that “those disgruntled few do not express the views of all of us.”
“On ‘Rust,’ our working hours and wages were consistent with with expectations,” adding that transportation requirements to the Bonanza Creek Ranch were “well understood,” that housing was provided by the union and that “payments were made, generally on time.” And it also says that above-the-line producers made themselves available for safety meetings and concerns.
“The working morale on set was high,” the letter continues. “The work was hard, but meaningful. We were inspired by the quality of the screenplay and the performances of the cast. Halyna’s work ethic was inspiring and we were working to our highest ability to support her vision.”
The letter concludes by saying that they are continuing to work with investigators, as well as with a “request” about “generalizations” on the film’s set.
“We kindly request that your speculation and generalizations about us and our colleagues be sympathetic until an investigation is concluded,” it continued.
See the full letter here.
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