Alec Baldwin Doesn't Feel Guilty About Fatally Shooting Halyna Hutchins
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Alec Baldwin has said he doesn’t feel guilty about accidentally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, saying he does not consider himself ‘responsible’ for what happened.
The actor was working on the set of his new film when a prop gun, which was loaded with live ammunition, went off and killed Hutchins, 42.
In an interview with Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin, 63, was asked if he felt guilty.
He replied: “No. No. I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me.”
Baldwin added: “I mean, honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don't say that lightly.”
The star also said that he and Hutchins ‘had something profound in common’, explaining: “And that is we both assumed the gun was empty.”
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Back in October, it was reported that Baldwin was unaware that he had been handed a live gun during filming.
Court records released at the time showed the assistant director said 'cold gun' just before the shooting took place, not knowing the prop gun was loaded with live rounds, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court.
As a result of the discharge, Hutchins was killed and the film's director Joel Souza was injured.
Baldwin claimed he 'didn't pull the trigger', telling Stephanopoulos that the gun inexplicably went off after he picked it up.
Baldwin said: "I think back, I think, 'What could I have done?'.
"The trigger wasn't pulled, I didn't pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone at point a trigger at them, never."
He added: "Someone put a live bullet in the gun - a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property."
Baldwin went on to talk about Hutchins, who he said was an amazing person who everyone loved working with.
He said: "She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her and liked by everyone who worked with her - and admired.
"Even now I find it hard to believe, it just doesn't seem real to me."
Baldwin also implied he felt unimpressed by recent remarks from fellow actor George Clooney, who had said: “Every single time I'm handed a gun on the set - every time - they hand me a gun, I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I'm pointing it too, I show it to the crew.
"Maybe Alec did that - hopefully he did do that.”
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos: “There were a lot of people who felt it necessary to contribute some comment to the situation, which really didn't help the situation at all.
“If your protocol is you checking the gun every time, well, good for you. Good for you.
“I probably handled weapons as much as any other actor in films with an average career, never shooting or being shot by someone. And in that time, I had a protocol. And it never let me down.”
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