Alec Baldwin, who the New York Post described as “absolutely devastated” over the recent tragic shooting on the set of his upcoming movie, Rust, made an announcement that will undoubtedly leave his fans upset, but likely understanding.
According to the outlet, in the wake of Baldwin pulling the trigger of the prop gun that killed the movie’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and wounded its director, Baldwin has announced that he’s “canceling other projects,” and will use his off-time to “take some time to himself and re-center himself,” as a People Magazine source reported.
“This is how he handles difficult times,” the source close to the actor told People. “Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye.”
The source reportedly added: “He needs to take a while to himself, to be with his family,” and went on to say that the incident was “pretty devastating” for the 63-year-old actor.
Details of the events on the movie set that led to a supposed prop firearm discharging a projectile that killed a member of the crew are still be investigated, but the situation, according to affidavits and witness testimony, doesn’t look good for Baldwin, who happens to have a producer credit for the movie in addition to his acting role.
As of this writing, it’s unclear why Baldwin’s gun was loaded with live ammunition, especially after the person in charge of the prop guns apparently declared that the firearm was safe before handing it to the actor.
Baldwin tweeted his first statement regarding the tragedy on Friday via Twitter, writing, “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, a mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he wrote. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred.”
According to legal scholar Jonathan Turley, who wrote an opinion piece for Fox News regarding the situation, he believes there remains a chance that Baldwin could face criminal liability, depending on what investigators determine led to the shooting death. But Turley added that because Baldwin is a producer for the movie, he’ll likely face civil liability, such as lawsuits alleging “wrongful death.”
Only time will tell how the situation ultimately plays out, but it goes without saying that it’ll likely be a long time before we see Baldwin resume his acting career.