Alec Baldwin has admitted that he “couldn’t give a shit” about his acting career in the wake of the fatal shooting of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Authorities have said that Baldwin discharged a prop gun containing a live round while rehearsing on set at Bonanza Creed Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 21. Baldwin, however, has claimed in a new interview that he “didn’t pull the trigger“.
When Baldwin was asked by ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos if the shooting could mean the end of his career, he replied: “I couldn’t give a shit about my career anymore.
“I have dreams about this constantly now,” Baldwin said of the incident in which director Joel Souza was also injured but survived. “I go through my day, and I make it through the day. Then I collapse at the end of the day. Emotionally, I collapse,” he said.
In the same interview, titled ‘Alec Baldwin Unscripted’, Baldwin said: “The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them, never.”
Baldwin added that he had “no idea” how live bullets got in the gun, which should have been loaded with blanks or dummy rounds.
The actor has been claimed to have been handed the gun by assistant director Dave Halls, who allegedly told him that it was a “cold gun”. The weapons on set, including the gun given to Hall, were handled by on-set armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reid.
During the interview Stephanopoulos also asked Baldwin if the apparently accidental shooting is the worst thing that has happened to him. “Yep … yeah, because I think back and I think of ‘What could I have done?’” Baldwin replied.
On Tuesday (November 30) police said that they are pursuing new leads on possible sources of ammunition, according to an affidavit from the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office.
“The Sheriff’s Office has taken a huge step forward today to unearth the full truth of who put the live rounds on the Rust set, by executing a search warrant on PDQ Arm & Prop, owned by Armorer-Mentor, Seth Kenney,” the attorney for the armourer on the film, Gutierrez Reed, said.
“The questions of who introduced the live rounds onto the set and why are the central questions in the case. Today’s warrant is a major step towards answering those questions and we commend the Sheriff’s Office and their lead investigator on their continuing tireless work to find the truth.”