Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins’ family tries to reach the US despite Covid: “Those who made the wrong pay”

Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins’ family tries to reach the US despite Covid: “Those who made the wrong pay”
Baldwin, Halyna Hutchins’ family tries to reach the US despite Covid: “Those who made the wrong pay”

“I talked to Alec Baldwin. I don’t think there are words to describe the situation ». These are the words of Matthew Hutchins, the husband of director of photography Halyna Hutchins, killed by mistake on the set of the film Rust, by a pistol shot accidentally fired by a prop pistol held by Alec Baldwin. The two had been married for 16 years and together have an eight-year-old son.

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Harvard Law School

Matthew is an attorney with the Los Angeles firm of Latham & Watkins. According to his Linkedin page taken from The Sun, he is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. The man interviewed by Insider said: “I will not be able to comment on the facts or the process of what we are going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very understanding.” The widower added with great sorrow: “I think we will need some time before we can really explain my wife’s life in a way that is easy to communicate.” But he is preparing a statement that he will post on his twitter profile in the next few hours: «My intent – he said – is to write some things about his life and the situation that I consider most important. I intend to post it on my Twitter profile as soon as I have the opportunity. One thing we are trying to do is organize a memorial with AFI, the American Film Institute ». The whole family is destroyed. And the parents, who are trying to enter the United States from Kiev, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, ask to know how such a tragedy could have happened. And they demand justice: “If someone has made a mistake, they must pay”.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed

According to the investigation, the head of gun control on the set of Santa Fe, the site of the tragedy in which Alec Baldwin was involved, was Hannah Gutierrez Reed, a young woman of twenty in her first assignment. This was revealed by the BBC, after obtaining a document showing the crew members who were expected on the set that day. The detail that Reed was on her first assignment was reported by the Los Angeles Times. More insights reveal that the 24-year-old daughter of veteran gunsmith Thell Reed, she recently finished shooting her first film as a gunsmith, “The Old Way,” a western starring Nicolas Cage.

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The prop pistol, with which Baldwin accidentally killed Halyna Hutchins, contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees to its members. Alec Baldwin, who was preparing to shoot the scene that took the life of director of photography Hutchins, had been told that the gun was “cold,” which is a slang term for an unloaded firearm. The Los Angeles Times reports this by recounting the dynamics of the facts in which he cites a source of the film’s production.

Cold gun

Baldwin was preparing to shoot the scene where he pulls a pistol from a holster. Crew members had already shouted “cold gun” on set, while the filmmaking team was aligning camera angles and still had to retreat to the area on set where the crew gathers to watch the footage from afar via a monitor. Instead, the camera operator was on a cart with a monitor and was checking the shots. Hutchins was also looking at the monitor resting on the operator’s shoulder, as was the film’s director, Joel Souza, who was crouched right behind her. Baldwin pulled the pistol from its holster and fired once without incident, but when he repeated the action, the shot went right in the direction of Hutchins, the director and the operator. According to the story, the bullet, after having grazed the operator, hit Hutchins and then Souza. A spokesperson for Alec Baldwin also told The Associated Press that the blanking gun would not fire properly.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said investigators are investigating what type of bullet was fired and how. No charges have been filed at the moment. Even if the film production expresses concern. The investigations continue and the parents of the victim, from Kiev, his hometown in Ukraine, press: «What are the security measures? And if they were respected, how could this happen? ».


In addition to despairing, Halyna Hutchins’ family is fighting to be able to enter the United States and reach the body of their Halyna. Hoping that despite the anti Covid limitations they will be granted a chance to enter. The victim’s mother would not have her papers in place and her departure would have been blocked. Baldwin meanwhile wanted to address his thoughts to the family of the director of photography through a series of tweets: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness for the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, wife , mother and our deeply loved colleague ».

Elijah Wood

The actor continued: «I am cooperating fully with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in contact with your husband, offering my support to him and his family, “and explained how her heart is broken for her husband and for the victim’s son. For Hutchins, a wave of social media tributes. Actor Elijah Wood tweeted, “Absolutely horrific and devastating news about the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart is with his family ”. Director James Gunn also chimed in, stating, “My biggest fear is that someone could be fatally wounded on one of my sets. I pray this never happens. My heart is with all the people affected by today’s tragedy on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins and her family ”.

American Film Institute Conservatory

Halyna Hutchins was born in Ukraine in 1979 and raised on a Soviet military base in the Arctic circle. After graduating in International Journalism, she worked as an investigative journalist for documentary productions in Eastern Europe then thanks to Robert Primes she joined the American Film Institute Conservatory, where she graduated in 2015. Among her latest works, she was She served as director of photography on the 2020 action film Archenemy, starring Joe Manganiello. A year earlier, she had been named “rising star” of cinema by American Cinematographer, the US cultural and professional association. Her sister, who lives in Indonesia, remembers her saying that she considered her a model.


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