It probably goes without saying that Alec Baldwin isn’t having the best year. You may recall that in October 2021, Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the since-canned film Rust. During rehearsals for the Western, Baldwin practiced a scene involving a prop gun that he believed was unloaded but according to CBS actually was. Something went wrong – it remains unclear exactly what – and Hutchins was shot. Director Joel Souza was also shot but survived.
Aside from a few interviews, Baldwin did his best to stay out of sight afterward. He’s been spending quality time with his family in Vermont – where his daughter’s cat went missing – and where he’s faced a new barrage of criticism for celebrating Halloween so soon after the incident.
Almost a year after filming, Baldwin speaks out and addresses his concerns about the ongoing investigation. What he has to say will surely raise some eyebrows.
Alec Baldwin is frustrated
During an August appearance on The Chris Cuomo Project, Alec Baldwin didn’t hold back when he opened up about the ongoing investigation into Halyna Hutchins’ death. “The people who talk the loudest or speculate about what happened weren’t on the set of the film,” Baldwin explained, expressing frustration at the way events were portrayed in the press. “They go over and over again about ‘what if’ this and ‘what if’ that,” he continued. “All those [was] There they know exactly what happened. You know exactly who is to blame.”
From the moment the story broke, Baldwin claimed he wasn’t to blame. During an interview with George Stephanopoulos in December 2021, he claimed he “didn’t pull the trigger,” he just cocked the gun and a bullet ejected. There should never have been a bullet on set, let alone in a prop gun. Though visibly moved by the loss of his colleague, Baldwin assured that he didn’t feel guilty despite being the one who held the gun. “I feel like someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know I’m not,” he said.
Now, almost a year after the incident, Baldwin has lost patience with the investigation and is keen to clear his name. “I am deeply, deeply, deeply upset and bitter at how slow the process has been,” he told Cuomo. “I need people to understand what really happened… I want them to know the truth.”