Alec Baldwin broke down in tears as he spoke about the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in his first official interview since the tragic accidental shooting, and he denied reports that he was the one who pulled the trigger.
This was his first official interview since the tragic accidental shooting.
While shooting on the set of his film Rust in New Mexico in October, Baldwin, 63, was in possession of the pistol that was accidentally discharged, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
The incident sent shockwaves through the entertainment business at the time.
As part of an emotional interview with CNN’s George Stephanopoulos, the actor, who has been silent during the enquiry into the incident, spoke up about the horrible moment, confessing that it still doesn’t seem “real” to him.
During a promo for the interview, which will run later today on the US network ABC and the streaming service Hulu, Baldwin can be seen wiping tears from her eyes.
“(Halyna) was someone who was adored and revered by everyone who had the pleasure of working with her… That’s hard for me to believe it’s true even now; it doesn’t feel real to me,” the visibly moved actor confessed to Stephanopoulous.
What do you do when you’re holding a gun that’s a one-in-a-trillion chance of hitting anything and the gun is in your hand? “It wasn’t in the script for the trigger to be pulled,” the TV host inquired of Baldwin. “It wasn’t in the screenplay…”
“Well, the trigger was not pushed, and I was not the one who pulled the trigger… No, no, and no more. “I would never aim a gun at someone and pull the trigger,” he said in response to the question.
“I have absolutely no clue” (how it happened). It was someone who placed a live bullet in a rifle that wasn’t even allowed to be on the premises.”
Afterwards, Stephanopoulos inquired as to whether Baldwin’s tragedy was the “worst thing” that had ever happened to him.
It also shows Baldwin bringing up remarks made by industry colleagues, including George Clooney, who have subsequently stated that Baldwin should have examined the gun himself, as they would have done if they had been there.
Prior to the interview appearing on Good Morning America on Wednesday, Stephanopoulous discussed the interview with the show’s hosts, characterising it as “raw” and “heated.”
Stephenopoulos said that he had conducted hundreds of interviews throughout his 20-year tenure at ABC. “This was the most intense thing I’ve ever been through,” says the author.
“As you would guess, he’s distraught,” the anchor said, adding, “but he was also quite frank and forthright.”
It was disclosed last month that the District Attorney in charge of an enquiry into Hutchins’ death on the set of the film knew who loaded the revolver that killed him during a shot on the filming location.
When asked about the continuing enquiry by Good Morning America, Mary Carmack-Altwies shared some of her observations.
When questioned whether she knew who put the fatal shot into the pistol, which was only intended to hold blanks, Ms Carmack-Altwies said affirmatively but refused to offer any other information.
It is believed that Baldwin was given the pistol and instructed that it was “cold,” which meant that it was intended to be loaded with blank ammunition.
Several days after the incident occurred in late October, Baldwin issued a statement in which he said, “There are no words to adequately express my sorrow and anguish over the horrible event that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and much loved colleague of ours.”
“My cooperation with the police enquiry into how this tragedy transpired is complete, and I have been in contact with her husband to express my sympathy for him and his family.”
“It breaks my heart to think of her husband and their kid, as well as everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”