In an exclusive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, actor Alec Baldwin said that he had no inkling to how a live bullet was present at the set of “Rust.” He also said that the trigger of the gun that discharged the bullet had not been pulled. With a lot of anguish in his voice, the actor said, “I didn’t pull the trigger.”
The Oscar-nominee told the interviewer, “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never.” The producer-actor of Rust also added, “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
A first look on the interview was released on Wednesday. The interview produced by George Stephanopoulos Productions will be aired on ABC at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. Later in the evening, it will also be live streamed on Hulu.
On that fateful day in October, Alec Baldwin was holding an antique colt revolver during a rehearsal. The Western film was shot at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, in New Mexico. The gun discharged and a live bullet tore through cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza as it grazed his shoulder.
According to an exclusive report by ABC News, the Emmy award winning actor also spoke about the talented 42-year old cinematographer who was killed as the fatal bullet hit her chest and then flew out and hit Souza’s shoulder.
Baldwin said that he thought of the incident and wondered about what he could have done. He described Hutchins as “someone who was loved” as well as “admired” by everyone who worked with her. He said that he still found it hard to believe that she was no more and that it didn’t seem “real” to him.
The investigation on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust is ongoing. A new search warrant issued by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday said that the source of the live bullet fired by gun handled by Alec Baldwin may have been found by investigators.