Alec Baldwin Hits Back at Trump and George Clooney in Explosive Interview
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Six weeks later, Alec Baldwin claims he still has no idea how he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his ill-fated western Rust.
The actor spoke for the first time this week - aside from a heated encounter with paparazzi in Vermont - in an exclusive prime time special with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that aired Thursday night. And in the tearful interview, he denied that he actually pulled the trigger in the fatal shooting and also called the incident the "worst" thing that had ever happened to him. He said he takes comfort in the fact that he believes he was not "responsible" for Hutchin's death and that he might have killed himself had he really believed that her death was his fault.
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The game of guilt for Alec Baldwin's fatal "rust" shooting gets very ugly
Baldwin said he was conducting the interview to "clear up misunderstandings" about the shooting and that he really felt he couldn't "wait" for all of the official law enforcement reports to be released in months. His main concern is that he doesn't want to look like I'm the victim because we have two victims here, and he was referring to Hutchins and director Joel Souza, who was injured by the same bullet.
The actor quickly burst into tears talking about Hutchins and their work, which he did repeatedly during the hour-long special. He sobbed similarly when he talked about how he "used to love making movies" and Rust got him to "make movies again" before the tragic accident happened.
Despite complaints from crew members about the safety conditions on set, Baldwin, who also served as a producer on Rust, told Stephanopoulos that he had never heard “a word” about these concerns prior to filming. Baldwin went into the essentials of what happened on the day in question, devastatingly revealed, "This was a completely accidental shot, an angle that may not have ended up in the film at all."
He explained that the gun went off when he cocked and then released the hammer - hence the claim he never actually pulled the trigger. "I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them," he said. "Never. That was my training."
Now he says he “couldn't imagine” making a film again that even had a gun in it. "I really can't," added Baldwin.
Earlier Thursday, the film's assistant director Dave Halls backed up Baldwin's claim about his attorney. "The whole time Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard, parallel to the barrel, and he told me from day one that he thought it was a misfire," solicitor Lisa Toracco told Good Morning America. “And until Alec said it was really hard to believe. But Dave has been telling me from the first day I met him that Alec didn't pull that trigger. "
"The gun should be empty," added Baldwin. "I was told I was given an empty gun." When Hutchins collapsed, he said he first thought she might have passed out or had a heart attack because "the idea of someone sticking a sharp bullet in the gun" was unthinkable.
Baldwin also addressed the "deluge of criticism" that came his way when the story went public. In response to those who have said actors should never point a gun directly at anyone on set, he said, "Unless the person is the cameraman telling me where to point the gun for their camera angle. "
The actor also hit back on George Clooney, who recently told podcaster Marc Maron that it would be "insane" for an actor not to check a prop gun to make sure it didn't have live rounds.
"Well, there have been a lot of people who felt it was necessary to comment on the situation, which really didn't help the situation," said Baldwin pointedly. “If your protocol says you check the gun every time, well, good for you. Good for you."
Despite not wanting to play the victim, Baldwin complained about how "tough" it was to be called a "murderer" by people on social media and elsewhere. This includes former President Donald Trump, whom Baldwin made famous with his longtime Saturday Night Live impression.
The late Halyna Hutchins
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"In my opinion, he had something to do with it," Trump said of Baldwin, even hinting that he "maybe loaded" the gun himself.
"He said I did it on purpose," Baldwin replied in disbelief. "Just when you think that things cannot get more surreal, the President of the United States is commenting on this tragic situation."
As for what happens next, Baldwin says he was told by "those in the know" that it is "very unlikely" that he will be charged in connection with the shootings. And although he has some "ideas" about how a live round got on the set in the first place, he said he would leave those questions to investigators.
Now Baldwin said that he is focused on his family and no longer cares about his career. When asked if this career was over, he replied, "It could be."
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