Alec Baldwin Admits Career Might Be Over After Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting
Actor Alec Baldwin has revealed that his acting career might be over following the fatal shooting that led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film Rust.
Baldwin made this revelation in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, adding that he did not care.
In the interview, Baldwin explained the timeline of events, revealing that he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the gun during the incident on 21 October in New Mexico.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun”, he said. “I know it’s not me”.
The ABC interview was broadcast in the US on Thursday evening.
“I don’t know what happened on that set. I don’t know how that bullet arrived in that gun. I don’t know,” Mr Baldwin said.
“But I’m all for doing anything that will take us to a place where this is less likely to happen again.”
The actor also revealed that his every move at the rehearsal on 21 October was directed by Hutchins.
“She’s guiding me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle.”
“I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”
He noted that to get the shot, he needed to cock the gun – but not fire it.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.”
“I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?”
“And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off,” he said.
Baldwin also told ABC News that while the incident had left him emotionally scarred, he did not feel guilty.
“I have dreams about this constantly now,” he said. “I go through my day, and I make it through the day. Then I collapse at the end of the day. Emotionally, I collapse.”
Mr Baldwin also revealed that he met with Hutchins’ widower, Matthew, and her 9-year-old son after the shooting.
Recalling the meeting, he said, “I didn’t know what to say,”.. “[Matthew] hugged [me] and he goes ‘I suppose you and I are going to go through this together… and I thought, ‘Well, not as much as you are.'”
The interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News was Alec Baldwin’s first on-camera statement about the fatal Rust shooting since the incident occurred in October.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after a prop gun was discharged during a scene on the set of Midwestern film Rust. While investigations are still ongoing, Baldwin has been sued by crew members who allege negligence on the film’s set.
Alec Baldwin is best-known for his performance in the US sitcom 30 Rock and his impersonation of Donald Trump on sketch show Saturday Night Live.