Alec Baldwin on Rust tragedy: 'Someone is responsible' for shooting, but 'not me'

Alec Baldwin on Rust tragedy: 'Someone is responsible' for shooting, but 'not me'

Alec Baldwin said he feels incredible sadness and regret over the shooting that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but not guilt.

“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me,” Baldwin said in an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos that aired on Thursday night, the first time the actor has spoken in depth on screen about the October 21 shooting on the set of the Western “Rust”.

“Honest to god, if I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself.”

Baldwin said it is essential for investigators to find out who put the bullet in the gun he fired, which was supposed to be empty, that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

“There’s only one question to be resolved, and that’s where did the live round come from?” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said in a clip from the interview released a day earlier that “I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them. Never.”

He said it was Hutchins herself who asked him to point the gun just off-camera and toward her armpit before it went off.

Alec Baldwin on Rust tragedy: 'Someone is responsible' for shooting, but 'not me'

Alec Baldwin (left) during an interview with Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. Photo / AP

Baldwin said at Hutchins’ direction he pulled the hammer back.

“I let go of the hammer and ‘bang’ the gun goes off,” he said.

When Stephanopoulos told Baldwin that many say you should never point a gun directly at someone on a set, he responded, “unless the person is the cinematographer who was directing me where to point the gun for her camera angle”.

Baldwin said it was 45 minutes to an hour before he began to understand that a live round had been in the gun, and didn’t know it for sure until he was being interviewed hours later. He thought Hutchins might have been hurt by a blank at close range or had a heart attack.

“The idea that somebody put a live bullet in the gun was not even in reality.”

He had one of several tearful moments when he described Hutchins, saying she was “somebody who was loved by everybody and admired by everybody who worked with her”.

Baldwin said he was doing the interview to counter public misconceptions about the shooting and to make it clear that “I would go to any lengths to undo what happened.”

But Baldwin said, “I want to make sure that I don’t come across like I’m the victim because we have two victims here.”

Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on the “Rust” set. They have said it is too soon to determine whether charges will be filed, amid independent civil lawsuits concerning liability in the fatal shooting.

Baldwin said he met with the film’s armourer Hanna Gutierrez Reed for a gun training session before the shoot, and she appeared capable and responsible.

“I assumed because she was there and she was hired that she was up to the job,” he said.

Gutierrez Reed has been the subject of much of the scrutiny in the case. Her attorney has said she did not put the round in the gun, and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Authorities say they’ve found no evidence of that.

Baldwin, who was also a producer on the film, said there was no indication to him that crew members were unhappy with safety conditions on the set, though some resigned over the issue.

“I never heard one word about that, none,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said complaints about cost-cutting on the film have been misguided.

“Everybody who makes movies has the responsibility not to be reckless and careless with the money that you’re given,” he said.

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether the cost-cutting compromised safety, Baldwin said “In my opinion no.

“I personally did not observe any safety or security issues at all in the time I was there,” he said.

Baldwin said he does not believe he will be criminally charged in the shooting.

“I’ve spoken to the sheriff’s department multiple times,” he said. I don’t have anything to hide.”

He said the incident left him emotionally ravaged.

“I have dreams about this constantly,” he said, ” wake up constantly where guns are going off. These images have come into my mind and kept me awake at night and I haven’t slept for weeks and I’ve really been struggling physically.”

Asked by Stephanopoulos if his career is over, Baldwin said, “It could be.”

He said his next production still wants him, “but I said to myself, ‘do I want to work much more after this?'”

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Herald afternoon quiz: January 26

Test your brains with the Herald’s afternoon quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz for the morning quiz tomorrow. To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE. Read more »

Sustainable travel: The NZ tourism operators changing the world for good

For many years tourism businesses were like most commercial operations – money in, money out and hopefully making some profit somewhere along the way. But so much has changed in ... Read more »

Kid Rock releases political track 'We the People' slamming Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci

Kid Rock is using his music as a political soapbox in a new song released Monday. “We the People” is a fiery political anthem littered with criticisms of today’s sociopolitical ... Read more »

Opinion: The real reason why Grace Tame photos made headlines

OPINION: “Smile love, it might never happen.” It’s a phrase almost every woman has heard from a stranger as they’ve walked down the street minding their own business. But on ... Read more »

Dunedin rapist Mateo Nixon still lacks insight into actions says parole board

A repeat rapist who abused a schoolgirl and five women still lacks insight into his actions despite being locked up for more than six years, the Parole Board says. Mateo ... Read more »

Covid-19 Omicron outbreak: Tarawera Ultramarathon cancelled

The Tarawera Ultramarathon scheduled to be held in two weeks has been cancelled. It follows the country moving into the red Covid-19 Protection Framework following the Omicron community outbreak. Ironman ... Read more »

Focus Live: Three-stage plan for Omicron revealed

January 26 2022 The Government has released its three-phased approach in how it will tackle the Omicon variant spreading through the community. Read more »

Australian Open 2022: Police investigating alleged assault by man kicked out of Rod Laver Arena

Victoria Police are investigating the alleged assault of staff working at the Australian Open after rowdy members of the crowd were kicked out last night. Police arrested a 37-year-old man ... Read more »

MFAT advises New Zealanders to leave Ukraine over Russian military activity

During the pandemic-era, it’s common to hear of countries banning travel to and from certain nations. However, a recent destination has made its way onto many red lists, and the ... Read more »

Keith Urban picks up dates booked for Adele at Caesars Palace

Iconic Las Vegas venue Caesars Palace has scrambled to book up dates left dark by Adele after the British megastar tearfully scrapped a run of shows last week. In a ... Read more »

Focus: Everything you need to know about the new Covid-19 mask rules

All you need to know about the new mask-wearing protocol as Omicron cases increase and the country settles into the red setting of the traffic light system. Video / NZ ... Read more »

New Covid-19 case in Taranaki, suspected to be Omicron

Taranaki has its first suspected Omicron case. Today the Ministry of Health confirmed a new Covid-19 case in Taranaki, that has been linked to the January Omicron cluster. Taranaki DHB’s ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Testing and processes to change as three-stage plan for Omicron revealed

The Government has released its three-phased approach in how will tackle the Omicon variant spreading through the community. Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says “through the course of ... Read more »

Group of Wellington teens caught stealing dozens of cars for joyrides

A group of teenagers, most of whom don’t have driver licences, have stolen dozens of cars for joyrides in the Wellington suburb of Miramar. Police have reported a recent spike ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron: Fewer than 900 quarantine rooms available for cases

New Zealand has just shy of 900 quarantine rooms available in managed isolation facilities for Covid-19 cases. The arrival of Omicron will see more cases, and close contacts, needing to ... Read more »

Covid-19: Tauranga early childhood centre linked to suspected Omicron case

An early childhood centre in Tauranga has been linked to a suspected Omicron case, first reported yesterday. The Ministry of Health said the case was present at the BestStart Pyes ... Read more »

Maine basketball broadcasters fired after body-shaming girls' high school players

Two broadcasters from Houlton, Maine, are now without a job after openly mocking several high school basketball players about their weight and body type. In mid-January, while broadcasters Jim Carter ... Read more »

Howard Stern Urges Meat Loaf's Family to Speak Out on COVID Vaccine After His Death

Howard Stern is calling on Meat Loaf’s family to speak out on vaccines following the rock icon’s death earlier this month. Meat Loaf died Jan. 20. TMZ reported at the ... Read more »

93 potential burial sites found near former B.C. residential school

St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, located near the core of the Williams Lake First Nation community, was torn down 26 years ago, but left a painful legacy for survivors and ... Read more »

Covid-19 coronavirus: Testing surge in Palmerston North, no new Omicron cases today

Testing numbers have more than doubled in Manawatū since the detection of the infectious variant Omicron. There were no new cases of Covid-19 reported in Palmerston North today, however one ... Read more »

Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron outbreak: Scientists say a Covid infection after vaccination triggers 'super-immunity'

Scientists have claimed that a so-called “super-immunity” to Covid-19 can be achieved by people who have been infected by the virus after receiving the vaccine for the disease. In a ... Read more »

Ukraine Crisis: Russian ambassador claims troops at border a 'warning, not a threat'

Russia’s ambassador to Australia has brushed aside suggestions his nation is preparing to invade Ukraine, insisting troops on the border are simply a warning, not a threat. Over 100,000 Russian ... Read more »

Peter Dinklage slams Disney Snow White remake as 'backwards story'

Game of Thrones star, Peter Dinklage has hit out at an upcoming Disney remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, calling it a “f***ing backwards story” in an explosive ... Read more »

All Whites call-up: A golden chance for Matthew Gould in goal

Former Hawke’s Bay United football goalkeeper Matthew Gould has realised another dream by being named in the New Zealand All Whites squad for two matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai ... Read more »

MetService National weather: January 26th - 28th

MetService National weather: January 26th – 28th. Read more »

Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jxmmi arrested for battery after allegedly attacking girlfriend

MIAMI — Rapper Slim Jxmmi was arrested in Miami early Tuesday after allegedly attacking the mother of his young child during an argument. Aaquil Brown, who performs under the name ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: 23 new community cases announced ahead of Government update on plan to manage variant

There are 23 new community cases of Covid-19 today and six people are in hospital with the virus, the Ministry of Health announced. The ministry said to date, there were ... Read more »

Benefit increases go to 330,000 families - more than half in New Zealand

More than half of families with children received a benefit in the first year of the Government’s Families Package, according to the latest data. The research, compiled by Motu policy ... Read more »

Exhibition explores animal instincts of Francis Bacon

Irish-born Bacon was one of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century, known for his idiosyncratic approach to the human figure. The exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron: Owners of Auckland restaurant step down after refusing vaccination mandates

Owners of a West Auckland restaurant that allegedly breached the Government’s Covid-19 vaccination mandate will finish up with the Lone Star franchise today after refusing to back down to the ... Read more »

English cricket hit by fresh racism furore after Middlesex chairman forced to make grovelling apology

Middlesex chairman Mike O’Farrell English cricket has been plunged into fresh racism turmoil after a top county chairman used “outdated” stereotypes about black and Asian players. Middlesex chief Mike O’Farrell ... Read more »

Surveillance Footage Captures Theft of $10,000 Worth of Wild Game From Edmonton Butcher Shop

Surveillance footage captured by a butcher shop in Edmonton, Alberta, shows two burglars breaking into a locked meat cooler at their facility on Sunday, January 23, and stealing wild game ... Read more »

The Country - Carbon farming edition

Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay heard both sides of the carbon farming story, from Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor and Wairoa Mayor Craig Little. On with the show: Damien ... Read more »

Davina McCall claims cancel culture means 'forgiveness isn't on the agenda anymore'

Davina McCall has spoken about cancel culture. (Samir Hussein/WireImage) Davina McCall has revealed her misgivings about cancel culture, claiming it has created a “lack of forgiveness” in society. Speaking during ... Read more »

Covid-19 Omicron: Paediatricians say school closures should be last resort

Child health experts say closing schools should be the very last resort in an Omicron outbreak, especially while other higher-risk locations stay open. A new report from 10 respected New ... Read more »

Scientists believe sex in space will play a major role in further space exploration

There’s a new great space race on the cards. But rather than sending a man to the moon, this one is focused on sex without gravity. With a renewed focus ... Read more »

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Northland

Metservice has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Northland, expected to last into the evening. The watch was issued at 11.45am today and is in force until 9pm. “Isolated thunderstorms ... Read more »

Bobbe 'Beegie' Adair, jazz pianist, dies in Tennessee

The Associated PressThis image provided by Jeff Coffin shows Bobbe Long “Beegie” Adair. The jazz pianist, session musician and band leader died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the age of ... Read more »

Rudy Giuliani says he can't hand over his files to Dominion for their defamation lawsuit because the FBI seized all his computers last year

Dominion has filed a lawsuit against President Trump‘s former personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiMandel Ngan / AFP via Getty Images Rudy Giuliani's lawyers said in a court filing that he can't ... Read more »

Kaci Walfall talks superpowers and braids for new 'Naomi' series

Kaci Walfall stars as the DC Comics superhero “Naomi,” whose powers are on par with Superman, in the new CW series. The 17-year-old Walfall, who said she’s never starred a ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic