Alec Baldwin says that he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the firearm that fatally wounded Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of his film Rust.
In an interview with ABC News, Baldwin told the interviewer that he had “no idea” how a live bullet was able to make its way on to the film’s set, but that that he didn’t pull the trigger on the firearm.
Asked by @GStephanopoulos how a real bullet got on the “Rust” set, Alec Baldwin says: “I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 1, 2021
“No no no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” the 63-year-old actor told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when asked whether he’d pulled the trigger. “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he added.
The comments were made as part of an interview with the network which will air in full later this week. The conversation marks the actor’s first sit-down interview on the incident since it took place back in October. During an appearance on Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos described the 80-minute sit-down as “raw” and “intense”. The reporter described Baldwin as “devastated” yet also “very candid” and “forthcoming”.
“I’ve done thousands of interviews in the last 20 years at ABC,” Stephanopoulos said. “This was the most intense I’ve ever experienced.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 1, 2021
Hutchins was killed and Souza injured in October when the gun in Baldwin’s hand went off on a set for the film just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Director of Photography was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital following the shooting, where she was pronounced dead. Souza, who was also taken to hospital at the time, was released shortly after.
Following the tragic event, actor and producer Dwayne Johnson spoke about the use of guns when filming. During an interview at the time, the former wrestler confirmed that he would only use pop replica weapons in the future.
“I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can tell you, without an absence of clarity here, that any movie that we have moving forward with Seven Bucks Productions — any movie, any television show, or anything we do or produce — we won’t use real guns at all,” he said.
“We’re going to switch over to rubber guns, and we’re going to take care of it in post,” he said. “We’re not going to worry about the dollars; we won’t worry about what it costs.”
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