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Alec Baldwin gives ‘intense and candid' first interview after fatal shooting on Rust set


Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is set to sit down for his first primetime TV interview since cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot on set in a fatal accident.

The tragic incident allegedly occurred after Baldwin fired a bullet from a gun he believed to be loaded with blanks, killing 42-year-old Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

Baldwin is interviewed one month after the tragic accident by ABC host George Stephanopoulos in a one hour ABC special.

According to the journalist, Baldwin spoke to him in detail about everything that had happened that day, including the moment his gun accidentally discharged a live bullet he thought was a prop.



Baldwin is interviewed one month after the tragic accident by ABC host George Stephanopoulos in a one hour ABC special.
Baldwin is interviewed one month after the tragic accident by ABC host George Stephanopoulos in a one hour ABC special.

During an appearance on Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos described their chat as “raw”, and the most “intense” interview he had ever experienced.

“I’ve done thousands of interviews in the last 20 years at ABC,” he said.

“This was the most intense I’ve ever experienced.

“He (Baldwin) was so raw. As you can imagine he’s devastated, but he was also very candid.”

The host continued: “He was very forthcoming, he answered every question, he talked about Halyna Hutchins, talked about meeting with her family as well.

“[He] went through in detail what happened on the set that day, and I have to tell you I was surprised in many places over the course of that hour and twenty minutes we sat down yesterday.”

Baldwin discharged the gun during filming for his upcoming Western film Rust on October 21, accidentally killing mother-of-one Hutchins.

The cinematographer was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but later died from her injuries.

Shortly after the tragedy occurred, Baldwin posted a brief statement on social media, expressing his ‘“shock and sadness” over what had happened.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he tweeted.

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Police reported that on Wednesday October 21, a “projectile” was fired by a “prop gun” on the film set, which was located at the 2,000-acre Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Baldwin volunteered to be questioned by police officers from the Santa Fe County Sheriff Department, before being released without charge.

A Santa Fe sheriff spokesperson said the actor “came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews”.

Baldwin was photographed outside the Sheriff’s office after questioning, where he looked visibly distraught.

The Oscar-nominated actor could be seen crying as he spoke on the phone and was at one point doubled over with grief.

The production on Rust has been shut down indefinitely and producers have offered the cast and crew members counselling to help them deal with the awful events they witnessed.

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