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Alec Baldwin describes “Rust” shooting in emotional interview: “I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off”

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Alec Baldwin has provided new details about the moments before and after Venice unloaded On the set of the movie “Rust” in an emotional interview that aired Thursday evening. The actor said he had no idea there was a live shot in the gun, and said he didn’t realize it killed the cinematographer Helena Hutchins And the injured director Joel Souza Even hours after the accident.

Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that in the moments before the shooting, he and Hutchins were checking camera angles for a scene involving a gun inside the church in place, and Hutchins was instructing him to aim the gun in the area where she lived. armpit.

the actor repeat When he was handed the gun he was told it was cold. He said he was aiming the gun but not pulling the trigger while they were rehearsing the scene.

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I put the gun down. I go, ‘Can you see that?’ said Baldwin. Can you see that? Can you see that? “And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun went off. I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun went off.”

He emphasized that he had never, and would not, point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger.

“I said to myself, Did she faint?” Baldwin said the idea of ​​a live bullet in that gun didn’t come to me until 45 minutes to an hour later.

ABC News - George Stephanopoulos gives his first exclusive interview with Alec Baldwin
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos gave his first exclusive interview with actor Alec Baldwin, following the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust.” George Stephanopoulos Productions produced the hour-long special.

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Immediately after the accident, Baldwin said he stood over Hutchins and she appeared conscious. When the paramedics arrived they asked them to leave the church. Hours later, as the mayor’s office was wrapping up its first interview with Baldwin, they showed him the bullet that had been recovered from Souza’s shoulder and informed him that Hutchins was dead.

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Baldwin said that Hutchins, whom he did not know prior to the movie “Rust,” was well liked and loved by people in the industry. “It was amazing,” he said.

In the aftermath of the shooting, crew members claimed the producers were skittish safety measures To save money, two Foot Civil lawsuits. Baldwin said he was not aware of any safety complaints on the set.

“Everyone there had a positive experience,” he said.

Baldwin said gunsmith Hana Gutierrez Reid and assistant principal David Holz — two people he said he trusted to do the job — had handled the guns, even though Gutierrez Reid was in charge of them most of the time. Baldwin emphasized that it was not his responsibility to ensure the defender’s safety.

“In terms of gun handling, that day I did exactly what I did every single day on that movie,” Baldwin said. “The actor’s responsibility is to do what the gun owner orders him to do.”

Although he said he was devastated by what happened, Baldwin said he felt no guilt and had been told by “people in the know” that it was “extremely unlikely” that he would be charged with a criminal offense.

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“There is someone responsible for what happened and I can’t say who it is, but I know it’s not me,” he said.

Halina Hutchins, director of photography for “Rust,” is seen in this still image obtained from a video on social media.


He said the only question that remained was how live ammunition got into the gun. While the matter is still being investigated by local authorities, Baldwin said it was “highly likely that it was an accident”.

Baldwin also spoke about the effect the shooting had on his life and career, telling Stephanopoulos that he had been sitting in a small stool and had been meditating hours before the shooting.

“This movie made me love making movies again,” he said. “I really thought we were onto something.”

Baldwin said his career no longer matters. He said he has plans to start another project in January, but is unsure if he wants to continue the business.

“My family is all I have,” he said. “I can no longer give any attention to my career anymore.”

Shortly after the shooting, Baldwin had dinner with Hutchins’ husband Matthew and his son.

“He’s been as cute as you can be,” he said of when. But Baldwin, a father of seven, said he was shocked by the 9-year-old who lost his mother.

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“And I think to myself, this little kid doesn’t have a mother anymore,” Baldwin said. “And there is nothing we can do to bring it back.”


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