Alec Baldwin was reportedly ‘hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours’ after accidentally shooting and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a movie set Thursday afternoon, with a source claiming he’s now cancelling all other projects.
The 63-year-old actor is looking ‘to take some time to himself and re-center himself’ after he was spotted walking out of a hotel and embracing Hutchins’ husband Matt on Saturday morning, just two days after the fatal stunt. He is also said to have been seen hugging Matt and Halyna’s son Andros, 9.
‘This was pretty devastating,’ the source told People magazine.
‘This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye.’
Baldwin and Matthew Hutchins left a Santa Fe Hotel together with Hutchins’ son Andros on Saturday morning, just five days after Baldwin killed Hutchins with a prop gun that was loaded on the set of the movie Rust, detectives say.
The grieving husband and son of the cinematographer were seen leaving the New Mexico hotel two days after the fatal accident.
Baldwin was sighted as it emerged the movie’s assistant director Dave Hall allegedly broke gun safety protocols on the set of 2019 Hulu show Into The Dark. He is said to have ignored a rule stipulating that all guns, real or fake, should have their presence announced on set in order to ensure proper safety procedures are followed.
Hall was further accused of holding short gun safety meetings, and remarking that they seemed pointless, because the same procedures were followed on all other motive sets.
On Saturday, sources told the Daily Beast that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old armorer on set, was ‘careless’ and had previously handed a gun to an 11-year-old actress on a different set.
‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,’ said one source who worked with Gutierrez-Reed on the upcoming Nicolas Cage film The Old Way.
‘There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.’
Matthew Hutchins, who has shared his heartbreak on social media after losing wife Halyna, 42, was spotted along with his assistant and the couple’s son Andros on Saturday in Santa Fe.
Father and son carried their luggage, likely after having checked out from the hotel they were staying at.
Andros and Matthew attended a private memorial held in Santa Fe on Friday, with Alec Baldwin also in attendance. It was reported that grief counselors were present at the service.
Matthew and Baldwin were previously reported to be in contact after the accident and the actor has been ‘very supportive,’ according to the late cinematographer’s husband.
The International Cinematographers Guild organized a candlelight vigil at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Saturday, as calls for measures to protect movie crew from on-set firearm-related accidents grow.
Another vigil for Hutchins is planned for Sunday from 6pm to 7.30pm at the IATSE Local 80 headquarters in Burbank.
Dozens attended the vigil in Albuquerque, held candles, gave heartfelt speeches about Hutchins, and shared what a beloved member of the community she was.