Alec Baldwin Rejects Claim He Asked for Bigger Gun Before Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting: Report

by Chris Haney

Since the Oct. 21st shooting on the set of Rust, actor Alec Baldwin has been under scrutiny by police and the public. Various claims have come out about Baldwin’s actions that day, and recently he was accused of asking for a larger gun to use in the film. However, he categorically denied the claims when commenting on an article about the situation on Twitter.

Production of the Western film Rust came to an abrupt end following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Allegedly, Hutchins was working with Baldwin to set up the next scene on that fateful day. The actor has said she directed him to point the gun just off-camera, which was in her general direction. Baldwin added that he pulled the hammer back on the gun, but said he never pulled the trigger. Additionally, he thought the gun was “cold,” but the gun was loaded with live rounds. The firearm unexpectedly discharged a live round and killed Hutchins while also injuring director Joel Souza.

Over the last two months, numerous details have come to light about the incident. Officials in New Mexico have been investigating the shooting ever since it occurred. Yet several allegations have come about with the latest claiming that Alec Baldwin requested a bigger firearm for his scenes in Rust.

The 30 Rock actor made his Twitter account private earlier this month. But the Daily Mail captured a screenshot of his response to a Newsweek article about the claim he wanted a larger gun.

“This, in fact, is a lie,” Alec Baldwin tweeted. “The choices regarding any props by me for the film RUST were made weeks before production began. To suggest that any changes were made ‘before fatal shooting’ is false.”

Alec Baldwin Admits His Career Might Be Over, But Says He Doesn’t Care

Previous to the larger gun claim, police issued a search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s phone. Authorities believe there could be evidence pertaining to their investigation of Hutchins’ death. While there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the investigation, Baldwin said two weeks ago that his acting career could be over. At a minimum, the actor said he’ll never work on the set of a movie or TV show that uses guns ever again.

While speaking with George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive ABC News interview, the host asked Baldwin about his future. The 63-year-old said he “couldn’t give a s**t” about his Hollywood career at this point.

“It could be, it could be,” Alec Baldwin said, admitting his career may be done. “If I decide that I — I mean, could I work? I’m gonna go make another movie in January. And I said to them, ‘Do you wanna get out of it? Do you wanna get rid of me ’cause of what happened?’ They said, ‘No.’ But I say to myself, ‘Do I wanna work much more after that? Is it worth it?’”

“I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly,” Baldwin shared. “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”