Actor Alec Baldwin says he doesn’t feel guilty over his role in Halyna Hutchin’s death on the set of Rust, claiming that ‘someone else is responsible’ for the fatal shooting.
In his first televised interview since the incident, the actor defended his actions and denied responsibility for the incident, following widespread speculation over how a legitimate gun came to be fired on a movie set.
Speaking to journalist George Stephanopoulos, 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. I mean, honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly.’
Recounting the aftermath of the shooting, Baldwin grew emotional as he recalled ‘She goes down. I thought to myself, ‘Did she faint?’ The notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me till probably 45 minutes to an hour later.’
‘She’s laying there and I go, ‘Did she hit by wadding? Was there a blank?…no one could understand.’, he continued. Baldwin explained that he’d trusted the prop experts on his films to make sure everything, including the firearms, were safe.
In an ABC interview, Baldwin shared: ‘I probably handled weapons as much as any other actor in films with an average career, never shooting or being shot by someone. And in that time, I had a protocol. And it never let me down,’.
‘When that person who was charged with that job handed me the weapon, I trusted them. And I never had a problem, ever.’, he added.
At the time of writing, no charges have been filed in connection with Hutchins’ death. An investigation is currently ongoing.