Halyna Hutchins, 42, died on the set of film Rust after a gun was discharged by producer and actor Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin broke down in tears as he said he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the gun that fatally shot a cinematographer on set of his movie Rust.
Halyna Hutchins, 42, died on set after a gun was discharged by producer and actor Baldwin.
But in his first TV interview since the tragedy, Baldwin said that he didn’t point a gun at Hutchins and pull the trigger.
In a teaser for the interview with Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin is in tears as he said: “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone she worked with and admired.
“Even now, I find it hard to believe that… it just doesn’t seem real to me.
“I did not pull the trigger. No, no, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a gun that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” he added.
Stephanopoulos asked: “Is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you” and Baldwin responded: “Yes. Because I think back and I think what could I have done.”
In a statement released shortly after the incident a distraught Alec said he had “no words to convey my shock and sadness”.
The 63-year-old described Halyna as a “wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours”.
He added: “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Mother-of-one Ms Hutchins was Director of Photography on the Western movie, which was filming on a 2,000 acre ranch in New Mexico when the tragedy happened on October 21.
No criminal charges have been filed in the case, but investigations are still ongoing.
Just this week it emerged that the bullet fired by Alec on the Rust film set may have been homemade.
Court documents filed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office state the bullet was supplied by a New Mexico armorer from a previous movie where the ammunition was used to train actors at a firing range.
Detectives are now investigating whether Seth Kenny, a 51-year-old Hollywood movie veteran who was supposed to provide dummy rounds and blanks, could have been given recycled bullets from another film set.
Alec has said that when he was handed the weapon he thought it was “cold” – meaning he didn’t think there was live ammunition in it.
He has since called for police to be present on film sets in future to monitor the safe use of weapons and avoid a tragedy like this ever happening again.
Posting on social media, Alec said: “Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety.”
Normally, it is the responsibility of a set’s props master or armorer to ensure firearms safety on a film or TV set.
Alec has previously rejected claims that the Rust set was unsafe. The solicitors of the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed say they are conducting an investigation to discover if a live bullet was put in the dummy box on purpose.
Filming on Rust has been halted indefinitely and it is not thought the movie will ever be completed.