After Alec Baldwin was involved in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Helena Hutchins on a film set in October, it’s easy to wonder whether his actor friend Matthew Broderick reached out to offer sympathy and to tell him that he, others More than that, understand his unique suffering.
Baldwin and Broderick will probably never say whether such conversations took place, but Broderick, 60, was also involved in the death of another and has said things that suggest he experienced what experts say was a special trauma. , guilt and loneliness are unintentionally linked to loss. someone.
Film and Broadway theater actors were involved in a car accident in Northern Ireland that killed two women in 1987. Then 25 and the hot new star of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Broderick was on vacation and driving with his then-girlfriend, Jennifer. Gray when their car collided head-on, killing 28-year-old Anne Gallagher and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63.
While Baldwin has been in the limelight since the October 21 death of Hutchins, with ongoing criminal investigations, multiple wrongful-death lawsuits, and the actor’s controversial public statements, Broderick’s murder of two women 35 years ago has mostly disappeared from public consciousness. Has been.
However, Broderick and his fans are reminded of last week’s tragedy, as Gray gives interviews to promote his memoir, “Out of the Corner.” Gray told Entertainment Tonight that the accident was “one of the top three traumas in my life, probably the top one,” even though she wasn’t driving.
Matthew Broderick was driving when he accidentally collided with another car, killing a mother and daughter. https://t.co/Rpskl2GD6N
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) 12 May 2022
While the accident happened shortly before Grey’s stardom with the release of “Dirty Dancing”, she said that the accident, more than the film, changed her life forever. “It led to a lot of other things in my life,” Gray said.
For his part, Broderick has said little about the crash over the years. Shortly thereafter, the “The Producers” actor reportedly expressed deep concern about the victims in the other car, saying, “Did I hurt them? Did I hurt them?” A member of the fire brigade told people at that time. Broderick’s injuries, which included a concussion, a broken leg and broken ribs, kept him in the hospital for a month.
Broderick was initially charged with death by dangerous driving and faced up to five years in prison, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving and was fined $175.
The New York Post reported that Broderick told officers at the time that he didn’t remember the accident or anything that day. “I don’t even remember waking up in the morning,” he said. “The first thing I remember is waking up in the hospital, a very strange feeling in my leg.
Broderick also said in a 2002 interview that he found it difficult to talk about the cause of the two women’s deaths, the Post reported. “It was extremely difficult to capture what happened, but over time I felt better about that terrifying experience,” he said. “Therapy helped.”
Baldwin, 64, has also spoken of being in shock after being killed on the set of Hutchins’ western film “Rush”. He and Broderick co-starred in the 2004 film “The Last Shot,” and the two have been photographed socially in New York City and the Hamptons over the years,
Hutchins was killed during a rehearsal for a gunfight scene. For reasons yet to be determined, Prop Gun Baldwin was using a live round, which exploded in Hutchins’ chest after the gun fired.
The day after shooting, Baldwin said on twitter: “There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins.”
Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Baldwin has claimed that her husband suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in December that he was haunted by nightmares and daily thoughts of shootings.
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However, Baldwin angered many people, including Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, by insisting that he did not pull the trigger of the gun and by arguing that he was not responsible for any gun-safety violations on set, even though He was also a producer. Baldwin also told Stephanopoulos that he had no guilt.
“I think someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but I know it’s not me,” Baldwin said.
Matthew Hutchins, the husband of Helena Hutchins, who was killed during the filming of the film “Rust”, expressed displeasure over the reaction of actor Alec Baldwin to the shooting. Those comments angered Hutchins. Alec Baldwin ‘denies responsibility’ https://t.co/qbC5sBJzzV pic.twitter.com/XN26esnUVS
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Several days after the shooting of “Rust,” Maryann Jay Grey, a retired UCLA social psychologist, published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about the grief, sadness, shame, and distress experienced by those who unknowingly I harm others.
Gray killed an 8-year-old boy when he rammed into the front of his car in 1977 and is the founder of Accidental Impacts, a website dedicated to helping people kill someone else “at work” in accidents or accidents. tries. at play or around the house. ,
Gray said his research indicates that at least 30,000 people accidentally kill someone each year in the US alone. Many of these people are devastated, Gray said. According to Grey’s New Yorker profile, veterans or police officers who kill people in the line of duty often deal with similar trauma.
“In a second, (Baldwin) learned how fascinating life can be,” Gray wrote in his op-ed. “The horrific pictures of the shoot and its aftermath are taking over their consciousness. He may feel numb or spacey, then fall back to earth in a sea of despair. ,
Even though Baldwin insisted that Hutchins’ death was an accident and not his fault, Gray wrote that anyone who inadvertently kills someone is still an “agent of terrible harm”. This fact creates a “weight of trauma, guilt and loneliness” that can last for decades, she said.
Gray said there are steps people can take to ease this burden over time, although they should never make themselves a victim. The stages may involve therapy, as Broderick indicated. But, while Baldwin said he doesn’t feel guilt, Gray said the sentiment is actually justified “when we harm someone.”
Gray also said that there is value in “moral repair”. This involves acknowledging the loss (one) and finding a way to honor the victims. Broderick may have made repairs like this over the years. In 2002, he reportedly agreed to meet the family of his victims.
When Broderick was initially released with just one fine, the family called the sentence a “ridicule of justice,” but 15 years later, Doherty and Gallagher’s son and brother said they had forgiven Broderick. “He didn’t kill my mom and sister intentionally,” Martin Doherty told the New York Post. “There were strong feelings at the time, but I have since forgiven him and have no anger towards him.”
It remains to be seen whether Baldwin makes any sort of moral repair. As of now, it is a matter of debate whether he has acknowledged the damage he has caused. At least, he hasn’t, to the satisfaction of Hutchins’ widower.
Alec Baldwin gets the reprimand he deserves from slain cinematographer’s husband https://t.co/xgMdLBF72G
— Mercury News (@mercnews) February 25, 2022
Ultimately, Gray said, Baldwin and anyone else who inadvertently kills someone needs to treat themselves “with compassion rather than contempt” and recognize their “potential to lead a virtuous life going forward.” .
Gray wrote, “I wish for Baldwin, and for all those who unintentionally kill or injure others, for honoring their victims to live courageously, with a full awareness of the fragility of life in better ways.” Can’t think of it.” “As he begins his journey of coping and healing, I hope he can capture this intention.”