30th October, 2021
A haggard-looking Alec Baldwin spoke for the first time publicly on Saturday about the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while on the set of his film “Rust” last week.
He spoke in an interview with a reporter from BackGrid, declaring Halyna as his friend.
“This is a one in a trillion episode, a one in a trillion event.”
“There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this,” said Baldwin of the incident in Santa Fe.
He looked forlorn and at times sounded hoarse, as he spoke on the roadside in Vermont.
“A woman died. She was my friend, she was my friend,” said Baldwin. “When I arrived in Sante Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner.
“We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together when this horrible event happened.”
The actor said he welcomes discussions about eliminating guns in Hollywood productions.
“I do know and ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on a set is something I’m extremely interested in,” he said.
The actor added that “we are in constant contact” with Hutchins’ husband Matthews. The couple had a 9-year-old son.
“We are very worried” about her family, Baldwin said, adding he was “ordered” by the Sante Fe sheriff’s office not to discuss the case.
*Culled from New York Post