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Alec Baldwin: “I Didn’t Pull the Trigger”

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Alec Baldwin said he didn’t pull the trigger in an exclusive interview with ABC News. Credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0

Actor Alec Baldwin said he “didn’t pull the trigger” in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired on Thursday night.

‘Alec Baldwin: Unscripted’ is the first interview since the accidental shooting that occurred last month. Baldwin spoke with Greek-American journalist George Stephanopoulos, telling him that he “would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” and that “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Stephanopoulos pointed out to the 63-year-old actor that a shooting scene was not present in the script for ‘Rust,’ to which Baldwin replied that the gunshot was not an intentional act–even in the context of a safe prop gun discharge with blanks– and that he “didn’t pull the trigger” at all.

Baldwin expressed dismay over the apparent accident, telling Stephanopoulos that he has been fighting to come to terms with feelings of grief:

“I think back and I think of what could I have done?” Baldwin said. “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her] and liked by everyone who worked with [her], and admired… I mean, even now I find it hard to believe that [she’s gone]. It doesn’t seem real to me.”

Baldwin accidentally killed cinematographer Haylna Hutchins after being told gun was “cold”

Baldwin accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on October 22 after firing a prop gun on the set of his western movie “Rust.”

Hutchins and Souza were both working on the film with Baldwin, who was starring as well as serving as a producer. The tragic incident occurred while they were filming at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Hutchins, 42, was rushed from the set by a helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, but tragically died at the facility. Souza, 48, was transported by ambulance to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe but survived his injuries.

An assistant director on the set of “Rust” told Alec Baldwin that the gun he was using for the scene was a “cold gun,” or a firearm without a live round loaded into the chamber, according to a court document released on Saturday.

The court document is an affidavit for a search warrant for the set of “Rust” filed by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit says that assistant director David Halls yelled: “cold gun” on set after the armorer for “Rust” prepared the gun. The affidavit says that Hall was unaware of the live rounds in the weapon.

Hannah Gutierrez, the head armorer for “Rust,” had voiced uncertainty about her ability as an armorer just a month before shooting started in a podcast interview with the Voices of the West podcast.

Guiterrez, speaking about her first job as head armorer on “The Old Way,” starring Nicolas Cage, told the hosts that she “almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, like it went really smoothly.”

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