Alec Baldwin shared a social media post from a fellow Rust crew member slamming her coworkers for painting a ‘blatantly false’ picture of the set as ‘chaotic and unsafe’.
Baldwin shared a screenshot of a post written by costume designer Terese Magpale Davis to his Instagram account Tuesday with the caption: ‘Read this.’
‘I am so sick of this narrative,’ Davis wrote in her post. ‘I worked on this movie. The story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions is bull***t.’
Crew members began speaking out about the alleged conditions on set after Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during filming.
Davis’ post refuted many of the complaints of crew members – including that they routinely worked more than 12-hour days.
Alec Baldwin shared a social media post from a fellow Rust crew member alleging that the picture being painted by fellow crew of life on the set was inaccurate
Baldwin shared a screengrab of a post written by costume designer Terese Magpale Davis (pictured) to his Instagram account Tuesday with the caption: ‘Read this’
‘We never worked more than a 12.5 hour shoot day. That was once,’ Davis wrote.
‘Most days were under 12. The day Halyna died we had come off of a 12 hour turnaround after an 11 hour shoot day. We had (including camera) gotten off by 6:30pm.’
She continued: ‘We had just had a 56 hour weekend right before that. No one was too tired to do their jobs.
‘This is all provable by daily time sheets.’
Several Rust crew members also alleged that the production had promised to provide them with hotel rooms in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area – where the film was being shot – but said were later told they needed to make a 50-mile drive from Albuquerque each day instead.
According to Davis, these allegations were false.
‘The camera crew HAD hotels. They just didn’t feel they were fancy enough. NOT that they were unsafe. You can’t tell me that 6 big men felt so unsafe in their hotel but were fine sleeping in their cars in parking lots (which never happened) like they also claimed.’
Davis’ post, which was several paragraphs long, provided alleged evidence against claims being made by crew members
Unionized crew members also alleged that their jobs had been replaced by local workers.
‘In New Mexico, they have an overflow list they join when [workers] apply to the union. They have to get a certain amount of days worked on a union show before they’re eligible to join,’ Davis alleged.
‘Every “non-union” person hired on this show was from that list. And we had union approval to hire them.’
Davis also addressed the allegations that armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, was inexperienced.
The costumer argued that although the 24-year-old was not the most experienced armorer in the industry, she had the proper qualifications to work on the set.
‘The armorer had apprenticed to a well known armorer and had been in the same position on the same type of movie a few months before. Was she the most experienced person? No. Were her qualifications typical for a Tier One? Yes,’ she wrote.
‘You can say what you want about even lower tiers needing qualified people and I will agree. But how do you suppose anyone will get that experience? We all had a first and second job at one point.
‘How do you suggest producers and UPMa sort out the people worth giving that shot to from the people who just look good on their resume and have great references? Because Hannah had both.’
Davis continued, sharing that the fatal shooting that occurred on set will haunt her for a long time. She notes that she is angry at Dave Hall, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun, but would not accuse him of not caring about safety.
‘I am heartbroken and furious,’ she wrote. ‘I will never get the sound of that gunshot or my director’s screams out of my head as a result.’
‘My friend is dead. Am I angry at him? Yes. But I won’t jump on the bandwagon and pretend that he was uncaring about our safety the whole way through.’
Davis said she has asked the film’s producers why they haven’t ‘defended themselves more against the blatantly false accusations’ being made by former crew.
The producers reportedly told her they wanted to keep the focus on Hutchins.
‘They want us to have time to grieve and recover. They said there will be time to defend their reputations later. That it’s not important to do that right now, it’s important to make sure the crew is okay.’
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (pictured) died on October 21 after Baldwin pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her during a scene
Hutchins died on October 21 after Baldwin pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her during a scene.
Baldwin was handling the vintage gun on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when it accidentally discharged – killing the mom-of-one and wounding director Joel Souza.
Overall he has remained silent about the situation.
Baldwin issued a public statement the day after Hutchins’ death in which he indicated that he was cooperating with authorities and offered his condolences to her family. He also held an impromptu press conference with his wife on Saturday.
His silence was also reflected in his social media accounts, until Saturday when he appeared to return to some of his typical online behaviors.
His sharing of Davis’ post is the first publicly-made indication that he doesn’t agree with the narrative crew members have created.