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‘Rust’ Blame Game: Let’s Follow the Money

Hayna Hutchins vigil
Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Matthew Belloni
October 31, 2021

How did Alec Baldwin end up in a shitshow movie like Rust?

You’ve probably asked, or been asked, a variation on that question, as horrible details emerge from New Mexico after the accidental killing of cinematographer Hayna Hutchins. But to indie film veterans, it’s pretty obvious what happened, because an entire industry has been built and propagated to squeeze costs, prioritize speed, and disincentivize oversight.