Emma Patterson reports on the incident that sent shockwaves through Hollywood
In his first interview since Halyna Hutchins’ fatal shooting on the set of Rust, Alec Baldwin admitted he didn’t feel guilty about his death.
The actor, 63, accidentally shot the cinematographer while filming the western in New Mexico, but denied pulling the trigger.
On Thursday night, Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos asked him if he felt guilty about Hutchins’ death, Baldwin said: “No. No. I feel like… someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t tell who it is, but I know it’s not me.
“Honestly to God, if I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say this lightly.He added that he dreams of the incident “constantly” and that his career may well be over.
“I couldn’t say anything more about my career,” he said.
Stephanopoulos then asked Baldwin “is it over?” “, To which he replied:” It could be. “
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In the exclusive interview, Baldwin said he cocked the weapon, which means holding the weapon in position, which killed Hutchins but “didn’t pull the trigger.”
On the day of the shooting, Baldwin told Stephanopoulos that he and Hutchins met to rehearse a scene in which he played a character who drew his gun at two enemies.
Baldwin recalled that during the rehearsal, the film’s first assistant director, Dave Halls, handed him a gun and told him “that’s a cold gun” – an industry term for a gun that is either empty or loaded. dummy bullets.
The actor said Hutchins explained to him where and how to hold the gun, “which ended up aiming just below his armpit.”
In order to get a particular shot, Baldwin said he had to cock the pistol but not shoot it.
He said, “I’m cocking the gun. I said, ‘Can you see this? Do you see that? Do you see that? ‘. And then I let go of the hammer of the pistol, and the pistol went off. I let go of the hammer from the gun, the gun goes off.
Stephanopoulos then asked if Baldwin had ever pulled the trigger.
“No, no, no, no, no,” Baldwin replied. “I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger. “
He said it was Hutchins herself who asked him to point the gun right next to the camera and at her armpit before it fired.
Baldwin told Hutchins management that he removed the hammer.
“I let go of the hammer and ‘bang’ the gun went off,” he said.
When Stephanopoulos told Baldwin that many say you should never point a gun directly at someone on a set, he replied, “Unless the person is the cinematographer directing me where to point.” the weapon for its camera angle ”.
Baldwin said it was 45 minutes to an hour before he began to realize that a live bullet had been in the pistol and that he was not sure until he was questioned a few hours later. He thought that maybe Hutchins had been injured by a white man at close range or had had a heart attack.
“The idea that someone put a live bullet into the gun was not even true. “
Although there has been speculation that Baldwin could face criminal charges for this incident, he said those “in the know” of Stephanopolous thought it was “highly unlikely.”
However, he said the events of the day continue to weigh on him.
“I spend my day, and I make it through the day. Then I collapse at the end of the day. Emotionally, I collapse.
He had one of the many tearful moments when he described Hutchins, claiming that she was “someone who was loved by everyone and admired by everyone who worked with her”.
Baldwin said he was doing the interview to counter public misconceptions about the shooting and to clarify that “I will do anything to undo what happened.”
But Baldwin said: “I want to make sure I don’t come across as being the victim because we have two victims here. “