UPDATE: After the On-Set “Rust” Tragedy, Alec Baldwin Set to Sit Down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in Primetime Special

Hollywood (and the world) held its collective breath on October 21, 2021 when talented cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin during the production of the western film Rust. Also injured in Bonanza City, New Mexico at the same time that Hutchins was mortally wounded was the film’s director Joel Souza. The culprit was a live round of ammunition that had been placed in a gun and then handed to Baldwin who was rehearsing a scene that necessitated him performing a “cross drawing” of a revolver and then pointing the weapon towards the camera lens which Hutchins was operating. How the live round wound up on a movie set and in Baldwin’s gun is still very much a topic of controversy, with theories floating around far and wide. The one immutable and devastating fact is that Hutchins, a 42 year old mother and wife who was considered one of the best DP’s in the industry, was gone far too soon and in such a senseless manner.

 Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin will participate in his very first sit-down interview since the tragedy to speak on the matter with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.

 Airing on December 2 as an ABC primetime special at 8 P.M. (with a Hulu showing set for later in the evening), this marks one of two specials that the network will be devoting to Hutchins and her passing as well as the reportedly tumultuous production of Rust. The sophomore endeavor will be a two hour episode of 20/20 that will air on December 10.

In a Good Morning America on-air announcement of the two upcoming specials, Stephanopoulos said that interviewing Baldwin about the tragedy “was the most intense (ABC interview) I have ever experienced. He was so raw, as you can imagine he was devastated, but he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming, he answered every question, he talked about Halyna Hutchins, meeting her family as well, and he talked in detail about what happened on the set that day.”

Hollywood movies at their very best are escapist and fun, and some of the very best can teach and illuminate. The real tragedy of Rust and the death of Halyna Hutchins is, like the tragedy of losing actor Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow nearly thirty years earlier, that it need not have happened.

 Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mrs. Hutchins and all of those affected by this tragedy.

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