Alec Baldwin in ‘Rust’: Experts Reveal How Criminal Charges Will Affect the Movie

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People will “definitely” go to the western “Rust” despite the fact that protagonist Alec Baldwin is being charged in the death of the film’s cinematographer, some observers say.

Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone confirmed to TSTIME News Digital that the film is “on track to be completed with Mr. Baldwin starring and Joel Souza directing.”

Spadone also confirmed that the project will “include on-set safety supervisors and union crew members and prohibit any use of working weapons or ammunition.” Live ammunition was reportedly banned on the “Rust” movie set.

An expert told TSTIME News Digital that the tragedy on the “Rest” set could even lead to much higher numbers at the box office.

Experts told TSTIME News that digital people will “definitely” go to the finished “Rest” movie, despite lead actor Alec Baldwin being charged and jailed.
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“In fact, a much, much wider audience knows ‘Rest’ because of this terrible tragedy,” Red Banyan senior vice president Kelcey Kintner explained to TSTIME News Digital. “I’m sure people will be curious to see how producers handle the film in light of the tragic circumstances and will also be interested in Alec Baldwin’s performance as this very serious charge hangs over him.”

However, brand expert Eric Schiffer noted that the film is untouchable for a large portion of people.

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“For those who brake in highway accidents and spend time turning 90 degrees and glued to the scene, they will watch it,” Schiffer told TSTIME News Digital. “But to millions of others, ‘rust’ is dust. They wouldn’t touch it. They’d go as close to it as a dirty bomb near them.”

The pundits agreed that guns will likely still be used in the film, despite the tragic shooting on the original set in 2021.

“I think they’ll try to find a way to capture the thirst for the experience that some want — the thirst for the horrific — with respect for those who should still be here and on this planet,” Schiffer noted.

Alec Baldwin will finish filming "Rust" as the protagonist of the western.

Alec Baldwin will complete the film adaptation of “Rust” as the leading man of the western.
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Kintner added: “The movie is a western where an outlaw tries to break his grandson out of prison, so guns and violence will definitely still be part of the movie. But one thing is for sure, serious precautions will be taken. ” place to make sure there are no live ammunition on set.

In fact, one would hope that all film sets have reviewed and assessed their safety protocols in light of this highly avoidable accident. Ultimately, it would be fitting if Halyna Hutchins could be remembered not only for her work, but for fueling change that made movie sets safer in the future.”

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It was announced that “Rust” would be completed after Halyna’s family settled a lawsuit against Baldwin and other members of the production. The film is not completed in New Mexico.

“Halyna’s widower is now the executive producer on the film and understandably wants the final product to pay homage to his late wife’s final work,” said Kintner. “Given his commitment and dedication to bringing Halyna’s latest production to a successful conclusion, it makes sense to move forward.”

Schiffer called the move onedisgusting money laundering.”

“It shows a great disrespect for Halyna, all for Hollywood profits, at a time when the star could go to jail,” Schiffer told TSTIME News Digital.

Alec Baldwin holds an envelope to his face as he enters a building in New York City on Jan. 20.  This was the first time Alec Baldwin had been seen in public since it was announced he will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halina Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin holds an envelope to his face as he enters a building in New York City on Jan. 20. This was the first time Alec Baldwin had been seen in public since it was announced he will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halina Hutchins.
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Baldwin is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of Hutchins. The cameraman died on October 21, 2021, after a gun Baldwin was holding on set was fired.

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Souza was also injured in the church shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.

Baldwin’s lawyer called the decision to sue the actor a “miscarriage of justice.”

“This decision distorts the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,” Quinn Emanuel’s Luke Nikas told TSTIME News Digital in a statement. “Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the film set. He relied on the professionals he worked with to assure him that the gun had no live cartridges. We will fight these attacks, and we will win.”

Involuntary manslaughter is a class D misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Baldwin’s second charge is involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act, which requires “evidence that more than simple negligence was involved in a death,” the prosecution said. It is also punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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However, this charge includes a firearm enhancement. If convicted of the raise, Baldwin would face a mandatory five-year prison sentence.

TSTIME News Digital’s Tracy Wright contributed to this report.

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