Mark Sagliocco/Getty Alec Baldwin
The Saturday Night Live actor, 63, will sit down with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News, as first reported by CNN Business, following the tragedy on the set of his Western movie, Rust. The primetime particular airs tomorrow (Thursday) at eight p.m. ET on ABC, streaming the following day on Hulu.
On Good Morning America Wednesday, Stephanopoulos, 60, stated the interview (recorded Tuesday afternoon) is the “most intense” he has performed in his profession.
“It is so raw. I mean, as you can imagine he’s devastated. But he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming, he answered every question. He talked about Halyna Hutchins, talked about meeting with her family as well,” shared Stephanopoulos. “He went through, in detail, what happened on set that day. I have to tell you I was surprised in many places over the course of that hour and 20 minutes that we sat down yesterday.”
Baldwin’s interview with Stephanopoulos will mark the primary time he has sat down for an interview for the reason that incident occurred on Oct. 21 on location on the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The actor publicly addressed the accident twice. In a press release posted to Baldwin’s official Twitter account at some point after Hutchins’ demise, Baldwin spoke out concerning the capturing for the primary time, writing, “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.”
“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,” the 30 Rock alum continued. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
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Shortly after the on-set capturing occurred, a supply advised PEOPLE that Baldwin was battling what occurred to Hutchins and Souza, 48. “Alec is still trying to get his head around everything that happened,” the supply stated. “This has been devastating. It’s been incredibly difficult.”
On Nov. 17, Baldwin and Rust producers had been named in a lawsuit filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, who was allegedly standing within the line of fireplace when the gun went off.
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“Days before the shooting there were warning signs that there were dangerous conditions related to guns on the site, a camera operator had reported two gun discharges during a rehearsal in a cabin,” Gloria Allred, Mitchell’s lawyer, advised reporters through SkyNews. “Important industry safety protocols designed to ensure firearms would be safely used were ignored and actions were taken that were against all industry norms.”
Prior to Allred’s assertion to reporters, a Rust crew member spoke to PEOPLE about “red flags” they noticed whereas watching the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.
“There’s a lot of times where her little cart that has her weapons — I’ve been on other shoots where they’re very safe and professional,” the crew member defined. “No one handles those weapons but the armorer and they keep them safe … She just had them on a cart, unattended sometimes where anybody could grab it, tamper with it.”
Gutierrez-Reed, 24, has since defended her work on the movie. Last month, she stated by means of her legal professional Jason Bowles in a press release shared with PEOPLE that she didn’t assume stay bullets would find yourself on the Rust set “in a million years,” and he or she didn’t understand how they received there.
“Hannah Gutierrez-Reed would like to add a few points to the continuing narrative on the tragic events surrounding the shooting on the Rust set,” Bowles acknowledged. “First, Hannah was incredibly safety conscious and took her job very seriously from the moment she started on Oct. 4.”
He added, “She did firearms training for the actors as well as Mr. Baldwin, she fought for more training days and she regularly emphasized to never point a firearm at a person. Never in a million years did Hannah think that live rounds could have been in the ‘dummy’ Round box. Who put those in there and why is the central question.”
In the assertion shared with PEOPLE, Bowles stated Gutierrez-Reed “kept guns locked up, including throughout lunch” on the day Hutchins was shot and killed. “She instructed her department to watch the cart containing the guns when she was pulled away for her other duties or on a lunch break,” Bowles added.
“Hannah did everything in her power to ensure a safe set. She inspected the rounds that she loaded into the firearms that day. She always inspected the rounds. She did again right before handing the firearm to Mr. Halls, by spinning the cylinder and showing him all of the rounds and then handing him the firearm,” Bowles acknowledged. “No one could have anticipated or thought that someone would introduce live rounds into this set.”