Alec Baldwin, the actor of controversial upcoming film Rust says he did not pull the trigger on a firearm prop during filming. The shooting, which occurred October 21st in Santa Fe, left director Joel Souza wounded and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.
Baldwin told ABC News’ Stephanopoulos that, “the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger.”
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger, never.” Baldwin added.
Released Wednesday, in a clip on the interview, Baldwin was overcome with emotion as he recounts Hutchin’s last moments. Since the incident, this was one of Baldwin’s first public statements.
The prop firearm which went off during a marking rehearsal was an antique Colt .45 revolver. Assistant director Dave Halls handed the firearm to Baldwin and said “cold gun” before their practice session, implying it was safe according to documents.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin said in an interview. “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
Halyna Hutchins was a 42-year old Ukrainian cinematographer and journalist who was killed during rehearsal. The incident is currently under investigation by authorities as crew members are torn on where liability lies but it remains unclear whether or not there will be any charges filed against anyone involved for Halyn’s death.
“I think there was some complacency on this set, and I think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry and possibly by the state of New Mexico, but I’ll leave that up to the industry and the state as to what those need to be,” Mendoza said.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff said that they found a bullet from Souza’s shoulder and investigators have gathered evidence including “possible additional live rounds” on set. These collected items will be dispatched to the FBI for analysis, according to Adan Mendoza of SFFDP.
Actor Baldwin disclosed that the shooting incident and death of Hutchins was the worst thing ever to happen to him. He told ABC, “it doesn’t seem real to me.”