The actor told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that the scene being rehearsed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch church in New Mexico was going to show him cocking the gun, and he and Hutchins were examining how she wanted it. position his hand.
“And I cock the gun, I’m going, ‘You see that? Do you see that? Can you see this? And she says… and then I let go of the hammer of the pistol, and the pistol goes off.
He said he was pointing the gun right next to the camera, as Hutchins asked, in his direction.
“I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up aiming just below her armpit, that’s what I was told,” Baldwin said.
When asked why he pointed the gun at Hutchins and pulled the trigger when it wasn’t in the script, Baldwin replied, “I would never point a gun at someone and then pull the trigger.” on the trigger, never. ”
Throughout the hour-long interview – his first since the October 21 shooting – Baldwin repeatedly stressed that he wanted answers about how a live tour ended on set.
“The weapon was supposed to be empty; I was told I was handed an empty gun, ”Baldwin said. “There is only one question to be answered… one. And that’s where the live tour came from? “
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be there. Where did this bullet come from? Someone brought love bullets – plural – on the set of the movie and one bullet ended up in the gun, ”Baldwin said.
I think back and say to myself, “What could I have done?”
An emotional Baldwin visibly choked back tears as he spoke of Cackles.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, loved by everyone who worked with her – and admired,” Baldwin said.
Hutchins is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their young son.
“I didn’t know what to say,” recalls Baldwin of his meeting with Hutchins’ husband after his death. “He gave me a hug and said, ‘I guess we’re going to go through this together.’ “
Baldwin added: “I said to him, ‘I don’t know what to say, I don’t know how to tell you how sorry I am and how ready I am to do whatever I can to cooperate.’ “
When asked by Stephanopoulos if the shooting was the worst thing that has ever happened to him, Baldwin replied yes, “because I look back on it and I think, what could I have done?” “
Baldwin also said he couldn’t imagine remaking a movie with a gun in it, adding, “I will do whatever I can to undo what has been done. I don’t know how that bullet got into this gun. I don’t know how to know. But I’m all for doing anything that gets us to a place where we are… that’s less likely to happen. “
Authorities eyeing late winter for potential pricing decisions
Authorities investigating the shooting are eyeing the end of winter for any potential prosecution decision as they examine a long list of witnesses and an increasingly complex chain of evidence, two people with knowledge of the incident told CNN. ‘investigation.
In the past week alone, key stages of the investigation, including witness interviews and high-profile research carried out on Tuesday evening, made it clear that the investigation was still in an active phase of establishment. facts.
Both sources said February was a potential target for local prosecutors to decide whether criminal charges should be laid. One of the sources said the decision could come as early as next month.
In a statement to CNN on Friday, Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney for Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the film was being made, said that no potential charges will be laid anytime soon.
“We don’t have a specific timeline, but the charges are unlikely to be imminent,” Carmack-Altwies said.
She said in a second widely released statement Friday: “My office was exploring various legal theories at the time. Everyone involved in the handling and use of firearms on the set had a duty to behave in a manner that protected the safety of others. , and it seems that certain actions and inactions contributed to this result. “
“Once I have had the opportunity to review the full investigation, some people may be criminally guilty of their actions and / or inactions on the set of Rust,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told CNN Thursday that detectives have yet to deliver a final investigative report to prosecutors and have no set time frame to do so.
CNN’s Julia Jones, Paul Vercammen and Josh Campbell contributed to this story.