- Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he doesn’t feel guilt over the “Rust” shooting.
- “If I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself,” he said.
- The actor said he hasn’t been able to sleep since the shooting and is “struggling physically.”
Alec Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in his first sit-down interview on Thursday night that he doesn’t feel guilty about the accidental shooting that happened on the set of his movie “Rust” that led to the death of its cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and the injury of the film’s director Joel Souza.
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” Baldwin told Stephanopoulos.
On October 21, a gun held by Baldwin discharged while he was rehearsing a scene of the Western film, killing Hutchins and injuring Souza.
Baldwin told Stephanopoulos that he never pulled the trigger of the gun; he only pulled back the hammer of the gun — by the direction of Hutchins — and when he let go of the hammer, the gun went off.
“Honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible,” Baldwin said. “I don’t say that lightly.”
Though not feeling any guilt, Baldwin said he’s still haunted by the event.
“I have dreams about this constantly now,” he said. “I wake up constantly where guns are going off, these images have come into my mind, kept me awake at night and I haven’t slept for weeks. I’ve really been struggling physically. I’m exhausted.”
Since the shooting Baldwin has pulled out of the movie he was supposed to make after “Rust” and has spent his time with his family. He said if he ever did act again, he would never do one that had guns in it.
“My family is all I have. Honest to god, I couldn’t give a shit about my career anymore,” he told Stephanopoulos.
The investigation into Hutchins’ death is ongoing. No one has yet been charged in connection with the incident.