Alec Baldwin denies pulling trigger in fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins

In his first interview since the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins, Alec Baldwin denies pulling the trigger that caused the fatal shooting on set in New Mexico.

The 63 year old actor accidentally shot and killed the cinematographer Hutchins in October, when a prop gun he was holding went off during the filming of Rust.

Baldwin told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos,  as part of an ABC News Exclusive that he dreams about the incident “constantly”, adding: “I couldn’t give a sh*t about my career anymore.”

Stephanopoulos then asked Baldwin “is it over?”, to which he replied: “It could be.” The actor also said that he doesn't feel guilt over what happened, but that somebody needs to take responsibility for it.

Baldwin denies pulling trigger


In the ABC interview which aired on Thursday night, Baldwin said he cocked the gun that killed Hutchins but “didn’t pull the trigger”.

He detailed the events on the day of the shooting, and said he and Hutchins met to rehearse a scene in which he was playing a character who drew his weapon on two foes.

Baldwin said the film’s first assistant director, Dave Halls, handed him a revolver and told him it was a "cold gun” – an industry term for a weapon that is either empty or loaded with dummy rounds.

The actor said Hutchins proceeded to instruct him on holding the weapon, “which ended up being aimed right below her armpit”.


Baldwin said he needed to cock the gun but not fire it:

“I cock the gun. I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’. 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.”

Responding to speculation that he could face criminal charges, Baldwin told Stephanopolous people “in the know” believe that to be “highly unlikely”.He went onto talk about the heavy emotional weight the tragedy has had on him.  “I go through my day, and I make it through the day. Then I collapse at the end of the day. Emotionally, I collapse.”