Actor Alec Baldwin said he decided to tell his side of the story, even though there is an investigation underway, because the criminal proceedings could take a while.
New York: Famed Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has finally opened up on the infamous accidental shooting at the set of Rust at New Mexico, which took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. In his first interview since the unfortunate incident, Baldwin recalled the horror of the day, gave a detailed timeline and shockingly broke down while remembering the late cinematographer.
According to the famed actor, he decided to tell his side of the story, even though there is an investigation underway, because the criminal proceedings could take a while. For the unversed, on October 21, Hutchins was fatally shot, and Rust director Joel Souza was wounded, when Baldwin, a star on the Western, discharged a gun, he believed to be safe, but which actually contained a live gun.
As per the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Baldwin stated that he did not pull the trigger of the gun.
A report in The Hollywood Reporter quoted the interview where Baldwin recalled, “She was standing next to the camera, looking at a monitor … guiding me for how to hold the gun for this angle,” adding, the gun wasn’t meant to be fired in that angle. I am holding the gun where I was told to hold it, which was right below her armpit. An angle that might not be filmed at all.”
Baldwin recalled pulling the hammer of the gun as far back as he could without cocking the gun, and as soon as he let go off the hammer, the gun went off. Hutchins’ was airlifted from the sets for medical attention, but sadly passed away.
Baldwin also opened up about meeting Hutchins’ husband and 9-year-old son, who, according to the actor, “were as kind as can be.”
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” Baldwin went on to say, emphasizing a number of times that he did not pull the trigger.
Baldwin, during the interview, also revealed that what happened on the set of Rust will change how films are made.
first published:Dec. 4, 2021, 6 a.m.