Alec Baldwin: Actor Says He Doesn’t Feel Guilty About Filming Halyna Hutchins On The Set – Because “Someone Is Responsible… I Know It’s Not Me”

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Alec Baldwin said he didn’t feel guilty about the fatal shoot of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins – and that there was “only one question to be answered – where did the live tour come from?

Speaking in his first interview since the gun he was holding fired and killed Ms Hutchins on the set of Western Rust in October, Baldwin told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos that he and the cinematographer “had something deep in common, and that’s we both assumed the gun was empty.”

When asked if he feels guilty about his death, the 63-year-old actor and producer replied, “No. No. I think… 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.

Baldwin, who became emotional on several occasions during the interview, said he decided to speak out because the criminal investigations and civil lawsuits surrounding the New Mexico shooting would take a long time. “I really feel like I can’t wait for this process to end,” he said.

The actor said he wanted to make it clear that he “would do everything possible to undo what happened” and that he did not want to appear as a victim, “because we have two victims here” – making reference to Ms Hutchins and filmmaker Joel Souza, who was injured in the incident.

As seen in a trailer for the interview, released earlier in the week, Baldwin also told Stephanopoulos that he never pulled the trigger of the propeller gun, but that it triggered when he released the hammer – the mechanism that can be reset before firing. The assistant director who handed the gun to the actor confirms his assertion that he did not pull the trigger and that it was a “dud”.

Authorities said Baldwin had been told the weapon was safe to handle, but continue to investigate how a live bullet ended up in the weapon. During the interview, the actor said people in the know told him “it is highly unlikely that I will be charged with anything criminal.”

Allegations of on-set safety issues in the days leading up to the tragedy were reported, with main camera operator Lane Luper resigning the day before Ms Hutchins’ death. Two crew members filed civil lawsuits accusing Baldwin, the producers and others of negligence and lax safety protocols, with counsel for a accusing the star of playing “russian roulette” by not checking the gun.

In the interview, Baldwin said he was not aware of any security issues on set, only that some of the crew wanted better hotel rooms. He also explained in detail what happened in the lead-up to the shooting, saying Ms Hutchins was showing him where to point the gun to get the right shot.

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Baldwin was pictured after the shooting
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Halyna Hutchins was showing actor how to hold gun when it exploded, interview says

“It forces me to position the gun,” Baldwin said. “Everything is in his direction. She guides me on how she wants me to hold the gun from that angle, and I pull the gun and find a mark. It was an “accidental plan,” he said, which might not have ended up in the movie at all.

After showing Hutchins how he would arm the weapon, the actor said he “dropped the hammer from the weapon and the weapon went off.” He said he would “never point a gun at anyone and never lean on them.”

Baldwin also described the moments after the shoot, saying he initially didn’t realize what happened and believed the cinematographer may have passed out. “I thought to myself, has she passed out?” ” he said. “The idea that there was a live bullet in this gun only occurred to me probably 45 minutes to an hour later. “

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Clarifying, he said: “No one could understand. Has she had a heart attack? Remember, the idea that someone put a real bullet in the gun wasn’t even true. He did not learn that Ms Hutchins had died until a few hours later, he said.

When asked “how did a real ball get on this plateau?” The actor replied, “I have no idea, someone put a live bullet into a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.” “

Authorities investigating the sources of the live ammunition on Tuesday raided the premises of an Albuquerque-based firearms and ammunition supplier.

Baldwin has been criticized by some for not checking the weapon thoroughly himself. However, he said in the interview that he believed it was not the actor’s job.

“When this person who was in charge of this work handed me the weapon, I trusted him,” he said. “In the 40 years that I have been in this business to date, I have never had a problem. ”

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