Alec Baldwin spoke in a rare and emotional interview on the Today show about his thoughts the night he accidentally killed someone. “I’m embarrassed,” said Alec, who was speaking publicly for the first time since shooting actor William Schallert when they were rehearsing a scene from their Broadway play Doubt.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (CBSLA) – Alec Baldwin addressed the loss of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed by a bullet fired from a pretend pistol by Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust,” for the first time on Saturday.
Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old cinematographer, was murdered when actor Alec Baldwin fired a pretend pistol filled with real ammo during the filming of a western in New Mexico.
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Baldwin, who was discovered by photographers on the side of a Vermont road with his wife Hilaria, said he couldn’t comment on the inquiry into his death, which happened on October 21 south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“The sheriff’s department in Santa Fe has told me not to remark on the matter….” “It’s an ongoing inquiry into the death of a lady who was a friend of mine,” Baldwin added. “… We were a well-oiled group filming a movie together when this horrific catastrophe occurred.”
Baldwin stated that he had visited with Hutchins’ husband Matthew and the couple’s 9-year-old son, saying that the husband was “overwhelmed with sorrow.” Baldwin seemed agitated at times when his wife interrupted to admonish reporters.
“There are occasional unintentional incidents on site, but nothing like this,” he said, “This is a one in a trillion occurrence.” It’s a one-in-a-billion chance. We’re anxiously awaiting word from the sheriff’s department on the results of their inquiry.”
When asked whether he would ever work on a film set where actual weapons were used, Baldwin said he didn’t know how to respond, but that he is “very interested” in “limiting” the usage of firearms on movie sets.
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“But consider this: in the previous 75 years, how many gunshots have been fired in movies and television shows?” This is the United States of America. How many bullets have previously gone off in movies and on television sets? In the previous 75 years, how many billions have been spent? And almost all of it went off without a hitch. So what we need to do today is recognize that if anything goes wrong and it’s a dreadful, catastrophic event, we’ll need to adopt additional steps. No live — no actual weaponry on stage. Rubber guns, plastic firearms, no live — no real armaments on site. That is not a decision for me to make. It’s critical that you realize that I’m not an expert in this sector, so whatever other people determine is the best way to proceed in terms of safeguarding people’s safety on set, I’m all for it and will help in any way I can.”
Baldwin also expressed his skepticism that “Rust” production will resume.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed on the set of the western film “Rust” in New Mexico.
Meanwhile, Hannah Gutizerrez Reed, the film’s armorer in charge of weaponry, has rejected accusations that crew members discharged real rounds from fake weapons, insisting that she has no idea how live ammo ended up on set.
The armorer is “devastated and absolutely over herself at the events that have happened,” Gutierrez Reed’s lawyers said in a statement.
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