In an interview for ABC, Alec Baldwin said he feels an incredible sadness and regret over the shooting that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but one thing he didn’t feel was guilt.
Speaking for the first time in-depth about the Oct. 21 shooting on the set of the Western “Rust,” Baldwin made it clear to George Stephanopoulos that he feels as though he is not to blame for the tragic events of what happened that day. “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but it’s not me,” said Baldwin in the interview that aired Thursday night. “Honest to god, if I felt I was responsible, I might have killed myself.”
To Baldwin, there is only one question that needs to be resolved: “Where did the live round come from?” He said it’s essential for investigators to find who put the bullet in the gun he fired, the gun that was supposed to be empty, that ended up killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring Joel Souza. Baldwin also added that he didn’t pull the trigger and that he would never point a gun and pull the trigger at anyone. It was Hutchins who asked Baldwin to point the gun just off-camera and toward her armpit. It was when he pulled the hammer back and let go was when the gun went off.
When Stephanopoulos said to Baldwin that many believe that he should never point a gun directly at someone on a set, Baldwin replied, “unless the person is the cinematographer who was directing me where to point the gun for her angle.” Though Baldwin said he was doing this interview to counter many of the public misconceptions about the shooting and himself; he also wanted to make it clear that he is not a victim in this situation either.
“I want to make sure I don’t come across like I’m the victim because we have two victims here.” However, it did leave him emotionally ravaged, saying he has dreams about what happened, constantly waking up to guns going off. He said he’s wondered to himself if he wants to work much more after this.