To put all this in the context of Rust
, this stuff can get messy, and I trust that we as observers won’t ever really know all the answers. We are likely going to see some dogged attempts
to report this, as people figure out what could be done better, where the weak points were, and who, if anyone, deserves responsibility.
This film was likely to be a low-budget thing that you watched on Netflix or Amazon when you had a free moment, and to me as a viewer, it raises the question of how many close calls there might have been previously on low-budget sets. Is that a question that should even be in my mind? Probably not. But it’s still lingering, and it is for advocates of banning guns from sets
But let me just say: It’s really messed up that we’re seeing so many attempts by Baldwin’s political opponents to use this as an opportunity to smear him. To be clear, if Baldwin is negligent as a producer of the film, that is worth discussing, but let an investigation make that decision or reporters uncover those facts, rather than letting the armchair critics with no experience in the film industry make this call.
Baldwin’s politics and demeanor have nothing to do with what happened on the set that day—but the decisions he helped make as a part of the production team might have. That’s an important distinction, and one lost in much of the early coverage.
I encourage everyone who doesn’t work on a film to take a deep breath and let the process play out. What may be a talking point to you may prevent closure for Hutchins’ family and everyone else on set that day.