ALEX BALDWIN INSIST HE DID NOT PULL TRIGGER ON FILM SET
Written by Sarah Osanyinlusi on December 2, 2021
Alec Baldwin says he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the gun that fatally wounded cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film, Rust in New Mexico.
The actor-producer in his first sit-down interview since the fatal incident in October broke down in tears insisting “it was a bullet that was not even supposed to be on the property”.
Baldwin in an 80 minutes interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News described Ms. Hutchins as”someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone she worked with and admired”.
Hutchins, 42, was killed, and director Joel Souza, 48, injured when the gun a Colt .45 revolver Baldwin was holding went off during film rehearsals – a rare filming fatality that has left the movie industry especially Hollywood in shock.
According to court records, Mr Baldwin was handed the weapon by the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, who did not know it contained live ammunition and indicated it was unloaded by shouting “cold gun”.
Mr Halls had been given the gun by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the 24-year-old armorer on the film. Lawyers for Ms. Gutierrez-Reed have said she did not know where “the live rounds came from”.
The incident, which remains under investigation, has renewed calls for better safety practices on sets with regards to the use of weapons.