Alec Baldwin Says He Never Pulled the Trigger in First Interview Since ‘Rust’ Shooting

by Matthew Memrick
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Actor Alec Baldwin said he never “pulled the trigger” in his first interview since the movie’s shooting that killed one and injured another person.

In a Wednesday interview, the 63-year-old actor told ABC News that he never fired the gun that fatally shot director of photography Halyna Hutchins. 

CNN reported on the brief clip. The interview will air Thursday. 

The actor said he “would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never” in response to why he fired when the action was not in the script.

The actor and producer said he does not know how the live bullet got in the gun, and he said the bullet “wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Emotional Alec Baldwin Still Hurting Over Incident

Alec Baldwin teared up when talking about Hutchins and said her death “doesn’t seem real to me.”

The actor said that the 42-year-old cinematographer “was loved by everyone who worked with her — and admired.”

Interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked Alec Baldwin if this was the worst thing to happen to him, and Baldwin said yes. He said he still wonders “what could he have done (to prevent the situation).”

The shooting also injured director Joel Souza in the October incident. New Mexico authorities reported that Baldwin discharged a Colt .45 during a rehearsal. The prop gun had a live round in it, and officials continued to investigate what happened. 

During his interview, Baldwin advocated for police officers to be present on sets where gun usage occurred to monitor safety precautions. 

Condition of Gun Not Known

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported on the film’s movie gun handlers and gun suppliers. The newspaper learned that new documents revealed how the gun got its fatal bullet. 

Before the shooting, the gun had difficulty loading. Also, additional gun personnel provided ammo in the film’s production. One weapons provider said that hand-loaded bullets, or reloaded ammo, may have worked its way into his supplies, among other issues with the set’s gun situation. 

Police have not revealed the condition of the gun. Alec Baldwin’s claim that the gun went on without him pulling the trigger is plausible. 

The website Option Gray said a gun could fire in this manner because it’s a mechanical device that can fail. The website further added that there had been instances of this occurrence happening to American gun owners. At the same time, gun safety can prevent any accidental discharge

According to the website, gun instructor Jason Hanson trained students in a 2014 boot camp, and a misfire occurred. Hanson’s students had AR-15s except for one student with an AK. The AK student was practicing a safety measure when the gun fired. Afterward, Hanson inspected the weapon and found that the safety mechanism had cracked.