Alec baldwin talks about the death of Halyna Hutchins for the first time on camera – and he had a lot to say, including his doubts about the film’s ending.
The actor spoke on Saturday to a swarm of paps chasing him in Manchester, Vermont, where he and his family have remained on the sidelines since the fatal incident … but have been followed, including on the open road, where the Baldwin family literally arrested for confronting the photographers … who Alec said made his children cry.
Alec attacked them head on with none other than his wife, Hilaria, at his side … and they talked about the state of play, without revealing too much of the investigation.
Watch the video … at first glance, the conversation was quite tense, albeit courteous. AB demands to know what the paparazzi wanted to know – so they can get rid of his back, and they rang one by one. On the status of the investigation into this matter… Alec said he could not discuss the details, by order of the Santa Fe sheriff’s office.
He said that Halyna was his friend and that he had taken her to dinner when he arrived to shoot “Rust”. Alec also called the crew “well oiled”, noting that the crash is obviously shocking and devastating to him. He also brought up the situation of Halyna’s family… saying that they are mortified, but that he comes in contact with them quite often. Ditto for the authorities.
One of the main takeaways from his interview is the fact that Alec spoke about what should happen with guns on film sets in the future… pro on that.
It’s interesting … Alec asked an open-ended question that seems to show where his head is when it comes to the aftermath – wondering how many real guns and bullets have been fired at movie / TV sets over the course of decades, most without incident. In his head … a lot.
So far, Baldwin has only spoken about the tragedy once in his own words – but it was via Twitter, not in the flesh.
Shortly after the shooting, he issued a instruction deleted since saying, “There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague. I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to determine how this tragedy took place. “
He added: “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 everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”
Baldwin was also retweeted articles who dissolve him from his responsibility – noting that he was simply handed a gun which he was told was “cold” … and that he was only doing his job as an actor, relying on others for properly checking it to make sure it was safe.
Those retweets, however, have since been deleted from his timeline as well – it seems the guy thinks less is better right now … especially since a criminal investigation is still ongoing in New Mexico, and no one has been ruled out for possible indictment.
Alec hit the base with Halyna’s widowed husband, Mast, and their young son shortly after his death … meet them at a hotel in Santa Fe and kiss them. He looked as dark then as he had recently been when spotted with his own family in New England.
You can see he’s absolutely torn about it … just like he was the very day it happened, when he was pictured making calls on a nearby road and shout eyes.
As you now know … how it all happened is well documented. Alec was rehearsing for a scene in a church on the set, in which he was apparently going to draw his gun for some sort of gun fight.
As he pulled the gun out, he pulled the trigger … detonating it and firing a real bullet, which (for some reason) had lodged inside before they started working again. The bullet shot Halyna and director Joel Souza, who were standing near Alec, near the photographic equipment. Halyna was airlifted to hospital, but succumbed to her injuries.
There seem to have been a number of slippages leading up to this … on the part of the gunsmith, Hannah gutierrez-reed, apparently not having carefully checked the armament – not to mention AD, David Salles, being the one who pawned it … prematurely proclaiming that it was safe.
Of course, we also heard that some of the crew pulled the gun out at one point to fuck each other and do training target. The most important factors, however, were the fact that a real gun was being used, that live ammunition was in play… and that people were in the sights.
There will almost certainly be a wrongful death lawsuit – among others, we imagine – and it remains to be seen who exactly will be named as the defendant.
Based on what we see from Alec here… he stands firm on the idea that this was some freak accident, and one that was beyond his control.