Actor Alec Baldwin claims that he didn’t pull the trigger in the fatal shooting of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, despite pointing the gun.
In his first interview since he shot two crew members on the set of his cancelled western “Rust,” Alec Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger.
Baldwin first discussed the killing of the film’s art director, Halyna Hutchins, “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with and admired. … And even now, I find it hard to believe that, it just doesn’t seem, it doesn’t seem real to me.”
Stephanopoulos asked why he would choose to speak about the “tragic accident” now, and noted that Baldwin has described the fatal error as “a one in a trillion shot.” He also pointed out that the script didn’t call for the trigger to be pulled.
Baldwin snapped back, “Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.” The reporter asked him to clarify. “No, no, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never,” the actor replied.
Stephanopoulos asked what Baldwin thought happened, and how a “real bullet” made it into the scene he was filming. “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” the “Dr. Death” star responded.
The interviewer wondered how Baldwin would respond to critics of the shooting, like actor George Clooney, who said he checks any gun he handles on a set himself prior to using it. Then helpfully pointed out the range of Baldwin’s emotions of shock, sadness, and anger about the shooting.
“Do you feel guilt? You said you’re not a victim. But is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?” Stephanopoulos queried. “Yes. Yeah. Yeah, because I, I think back and I think of what could I have done,” Baldwin concluded.
The full interview can be viewed on Hulu. Watch the dramatic clip:
EXCLUSIVE: "The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger," Alec Baldwin tells @GStephanopoulos in first interview since fatal shooting on set of "Rust."
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021