‘I Didn’t Pull the Trigger’: Alec Baldwin on the Fatal Movie Set Shooting
“Rust” director of photography Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film, but Baldwin asserted in an interview that he never fired a shot. “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” excerpt released on Wednesday, Alec Baldwin said that the sit-down interview was his first since the shooting in October.
Speaking of not pulling the trigger, Baldwin said, “I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never.”
It’s not clear how a live bullet ended up in the Colt.45 revolver Baldwin used in the scene. “Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” “he stated.
When discussing Hutchins, a visibly moved Baldwin fights back tears. “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone who worked with her — and admired,” Baldwin said, adding, “it doesn’t seem real to me.”
Stephenopoulos asked Baldwin whether the shooting was the worst thing to happen to him, and Baldwin said yes, “because I think back and I think, what could I have done?”
The interview will air on ABC on Thursday night. When Baldwin fired a weapon during a rehearsal that authorities believe contained a live round, Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured.
Calls for improved safety procedures on film sets have been resurrected following the incident, which is still under investigation.
Police officers should be present on “every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise,” according to actor Alec Baldwin “to ensure the safety of weapons.