Alec Baldwin says in a new interview that he never actually pulled the trigger on the gun that killed one crew member on the set of his film Rust, after months of digesting the deadly tragedy that occurred on the production of his film Rust.
While many are still trying to comprehend how such a tragic accident could have occurred on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film Rust in New Mexico, which resulted in the death of one crew member and the injury of another, Alec is sitting down for a candid interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos to recount the events.
Alec first remembers how late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was respected and cherished by everyone in a teaser for the interview, which will appear on ABC today. “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her], liked by everyone who worked with [her], and appreciated,” he cried as he remembered, adding, “I mean, even now I find it hard to comprehend that she’s gone.” “It doesn’t appear to be real to me.”
When Alec fired a pretend gun holding a real bullet, not only was Halyna killed, but also director Joel Souza was hurt. As George pressed Alec on what had transpired that day, Alec made the startling and perhaps perplexing admission that he had not pulled the gun. “It wasn’t in the plan for the trigger to be pulled,” says the narrator. “Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled,” says the narrator. I didn’t press the button.”
“I would never aim a pistol and pull the trigger at them, never,” Alec stated, adding that the bullet “wasn’t even meant to be on the premises.” When George inquired about how a “live bullet” was loaded into the rifle, Alec, who was similarly perplexed, said, “I have no idea.”
Alec continues to reply to George’s tough questions, such as if he feels guilty for what occurred and how he feels knowing that other actors, such as George Clooney, have been known to check their prop pistols personally, all of which will be addressed in the whole interview. As the teaser ends, Alec says that this is the worst thing that has ever happened to him, and he seems to be obsessed by a single question: “I, I think back and I think of, ‘What could I have done?'”
Investigators are due to visit Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County after a court approved off on another search warrant earlier this week, according to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, which has no comment on Alec’s interview at this time. Many viewers who watched the teaser voiced discomfort over Alec’s interview, especially because the matter has not yet been resolved.
“As his lawyer, I would have strongly warned him against doing this interview,” one user remarked. I would have waited until the lawsuit was concluded before doing so.” Others questioned who, if not Alec, pulled the trigger, such as this user who wondered, “Does he really think we’re foolish enough to believe he didn’t shoot the gun?”
The event is still being investigated, but it has reignited concerns for improved safety on productions that necessitate the use of guns. In a statement sent to his private Twitter account last month, Alec seems to concur with this view, saying that police officers should be present on “every film/TV production that involves firearms, fake or otherwise” to supervise weapons safety. The whole interview will appear on ABC at 8 p.m. eastern standard time tonight. We continue to pray for the families and loved ones who have been impacted by this tragic event.
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