Nothing, and I mean nothing, is going to stop Alec Baldwin from speaking his truth — Not tact, not common decency, not his legal team, and certainly not his wife. Get Alec within spitting distance of a microphone and be prepared to be peppered with the truth. Well, his truth. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Alec’s truth is that the people who are filing lawsuits pertaining to the on-set shooting death of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the wounding of director Joel Souza are targeting innocent non-negligent “deep-pocket litigants” like himself instead of “the people who likely seem negligent” but “have no money.” Poor people, just walking around all reckless and broke. Gross. Couldn’t be him. (only it could. And soon, fingers crossed!)
Now I know it may seem inappropriate to continue maligning the individuals who were affected by their colleague, wife, or mother’s violent death, but you must consider the source. Also, consider the context. Alec made his comments while moderating an event at the Boulder International Film Festival. And since this is Alec’s truth we’re talking about, it’s appropriately putrid. According to THR:
After the moderator, BIFF’s special event programmer Ron Bostwick, opened the floor to Baldwin, Baldwin launched into a lengthy and somewhat fragmented statement about there being just “two victims” in the Rust shooting, while also implying some individuals who have filed lawsuits are financially motivated and just going after people they assume “are deep pockets litigants.”
From the beginning, from the moment this happened, everybody has put out — besides all the anguish and the suffering, horrible feelings we have and, of course, there are two victims and nobody else is a victim, so to speak — we have dealt with a situation where specific people are not as interested in finding out what really happened,” Baldwin told the festival audience.
SO TO SPEAK? Alec really can’t help himself. He’s smart enough to know that calling himself a victim would be seen as abhorrent, but he’s also narcissistic enough to believe he’s the only victim who counts. Alec went on to crack a few fresh thoughts into a bowl, whisk them up real good, add some peanut butter and serve the audience one of his signature What The Fuck Is This? omelets. It’s kind of like a Denver omelet but runnier and way more disgusting.
“What you have is a certain group of litigants on whatever side, who their attitude is, well, the people who likely seem negligent have enough money. And the people who have money are not negligent, but we’re not gonna let that stop us from doing what we need to do in terms of litigation,” he added. “Why sue people if you’re not going to get money? That’s what you’re doing.”
It’s hard not to assume that Alec is including Halnya’s husband Matt Hutchins in this nebulous group of money-hungry litigants given Alec’s recent Buddhist awakening following Matt’s Today interview in which he said he was enraged by Alec’s refusal to take responsibility for pointing a gun at his wife and shooting her. Matt also called Alec out over his crocodile tears and said “are we really supposed to feel bad about you, Mr. Baldwin?” Sadly, I think we are. I wouldn’t be surprised if Matt decided to file another lawsuit against Alec for sending his blood pressure through the roof after he hears this interview.
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