Alec Baldwin interview: Actor recalls meeting Halyna Hutchins’ husband
“And I cock the gun, I go, “Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?” and she says… and then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun, the gun goes off,” Baldwin remembered.
He stated he was intending the weapon simply off to the side of the electronic camera, as Hutchins was advising him to, in her instructions.
“I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit, was what I was told,” Baldwin stated.
When asked why he pointed the weapon at Hutchins and shot when that wasn’t in the script, Baldwin stated, “I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never.”
Throughout the hour-long sit-down interview — his very first considering that the October 21 shooting — Baldwin worried numerous times he desires responses to how a live round wound up on set.
“The gun was supposed to be empty; I was told I was handed an empty gun,” Baldwin stated. “There’s only one question to be resolved… only one. And that is, where did the live round come from?”
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be there. Where did that bullet come from? Somebody brought love rounds — plural — on to the set of the film and one bullet ended up in the gun,” Baldwin stated.
I reflect and I believe, ‘What could I have done?'”
An emotional Baldwin visibly fought back tears when talking about Hutchins.
“She was somebody who was enjoyed by everybody who worked with her, liked by everybody who worked with her — and appreciated,” Baldwin stated.
Hutchins is endured by her partner, Matthew Hutchins, and their young child.
“I didn’t understand what to state,” Baldwin recalled of meeting with Hutchins’ husband after her death. “He hugged me and he goes, ‘I expect we’re going to go through this together.'”
Baldwin added: “I informed him, ‘I do not understand what to state, I do not understand how to communicate to you how sorry I am and going to do anything I can to work together.'”
When asked by Stephanopoulos if the shooting was the worst thing that had ever happened to him, Baldwin said yes, “since I reflect and I believe, what could I have done?”
Baldwin also said he can’t imagine doing a film with a gun in it again, adding, “I would do anything in power to reverse what was done. I do not understand how that bullet showed up because weapon. I do not understand. However I recommend doing anything that will take us to a location where we’re… this is less most likely to take place.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.