Alec Baldwin gave a detailed interview on the “Rust” shooting on ABC Thursday night, answering detailed questions about why he pointed a gun at cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and saying he had not heard any safety concerns on set beforehand.
Baldwin told interviewer George Stephanopoulos that he has nothing to hide and does not feel guilt about the incident.
“Someone is responsible for what happened,” he said. “And I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
Hutchins was killed on the set of the Western film on Oct. 21 after being hit by a live round while preparing for a scene. Baldwin was seated on a pew in a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, and was holding a Colt .45 when it fired. Baldwin had been told that the gun was “cold,” meaning it contained only dummy rounds, and he said it took quite a while for him to realize that Hutchins was hit with a real bullet.
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos that he cocked the revolver but did not pull the trigger just before it “went off.” He also emphasized that it was Hutchins herself who had directed him where to point the weapon, as she was lining up the camera angle.
“Everything is her direction,” Baldwin said. “I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”
Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital in Albuquerque, where she died later that day.
Baldwin sat down for the 80-minute interview on Tuesday. He expressed his sorrow at Hutchins’ death and his bewilderment at how a live round made it on the set of the independent film.
Joel Souza, the film’s director, was also struck in the shoulder.
“Rust” has been shut down indefinitely, and around Hollywood there has been renewed focus on set safety. The armorer on the project, 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez Reed, has faced criticism for failing to properly check the rounds, as has Dave Halls, the first assistant director, who handed the gun to Baldwin and declared it to be “cold.”