Alec Baldwin Fires Prop Gun On Movie Set, Killing Cinematographer And Injuring Director

In an emotional interview with ABC that aired Thursday, actor Alec Baldwin recounted the ultimate moments earlier than the taking pictures on the set of his movie “Rust” that left the film’s cinematographer useless and its director wounded.

“This is one in a billion, that someone puts a real bullet in the gun. That never happens,” Baldwin mentioned within the interview, his first by which he gave a full account of the taking pictures in public. “The idea that a real bullet was in that gun … was not even in a realm of possibility. And that’s the thing they must find out: Who brought bullets onto the set.”

The actor was holding an old style revolver throughout an Oct. 21 follow scene, referred to as a marking rehearsal, after being advised the gun was “cold,” or had no stay rounds inside. Bt the gun immediately fired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza with a stay bullet.

Baldwin, at instances in tears whereas recounting the taking pictures, advised ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he had “no idea” how a stay bullet made its strategy to the set of the movie, a Western being made near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, where it’s meant to be aimed right below her armpit,” Baldwin mentioned through the interview, describing the marking rehearsal with Hutchins. He described the gun’s placement for the digital camera exams as “a completely incidental shot that might not have even been in the film at all.”

“I take the gun and I start to cock the gun, I’m not going to pull the trigger,” Baldwin continued. “I let go of the hammer of the gun and the gun goes off.”

The actor mentioned he thought Hutchins had fainted at first earlier than he heard Souza start screaming. Police arrived about 15 to 20 minutes later, and Hutchins was taken to the hospital by a helicopter.

“When she finally left, I don’t know how long she was there, they kept saying she’s stable,” Baldwin recounted. “Just because you disbelieve that there was a live round in the gun, you disbelieve that this would be fatal.”

Baldwin mentioned he wasn’t advised he’d discharged a stay spherical and that Hutchins had been killed till hours later at a police station when officers confirmed him a “.45-caliber slug” faraway from Souza’s arm.

The revelation, he mentioned, prompted “the kind of insanity-inducing agony [realizing] that somebody put a live bullet in the gun.”

Baldwin described Hutchins as a proficient cinematographer who was beloved and admired by her colleagues. He careworn that the pair injured within the misfire had been victims and that he was talking publicly to low cost any misconceptions that unfold after the tragedy.

“When I talk about this, my concern is that I don’t sound like I’m the victim, because there is a victim: There’s a woman who died, and my friend who got shot,” he mentioned.

Investigators are nonetheless probing how lethal ammunition made it onto the set. Prop weapons or actual firearms utilized in movie scenes are sometimes solely loaded with blanks or dummy rounds, and having stay rounds on web site has been described as a serious breach in protocol.

Questions have swirled round crew members who had been speculated to deal with the gun earlier than it was handed to Baldwin, together with Seth Kenney, the provider of the blanks and dummy rounds for the film, and the armorer for “Rust,” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

Gutierrez-Reed advised investigators she had loaded the gun with 5 dummy rounds earlier than a lunch break, however added there was “one round that wouldn’t go in.” She mentioned she added the sixth spherical after lunch and her legal professional has mentioned the armorer had no concept the place the stay spherical, together with others recovered by investigators after the taking pictures, got here from.

Baldwin mentioned he didn’t know who’s accountable for the taking pictures and didn’t consider he could be criminally charged, including that he hoped investigators would observe their probe “to the ends of the Earth” to find out the place the bullet got here from.

“As far as I’m concerned, someone put a live bullet in a gun,” he mentioned. “A bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

Two civil lawsuits have been filed within the aftermath of the taking pictures that identify Baldwin, together with one which accuses him of “playing Russian roulette” and failing to examine the rounds himself earlier than the scene rehearsal. The actor rejected that criticism, saying he put his belief within the armorer and others who dealt with the gun and advised him it was secure.

“I’ve gotten shot and killed in films before … and I trusted them to do their job,” he mentioned. He added later: “I can’t imagine I’d ever do a movie that had a gun in it again.”