Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin weepily claimed in his first post-shooting interview this week that he’d “never” pulled the trigger, suggesting therefore that the prop gun which was used in the killing of his colleague, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, had gone off spontaneously.
He made the claim during an ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos that’s set to air in full Thursday evening at 8:00 pm EST. For the time being, ABC News has released a roughly 2-minute-long teaser video that isn’t being well received.
Critics have been taking aim at the trailer both because of Baldwin’s answers and also because of ABC News’ decision to grant him such a loud platform amid an investigation that could potentially lead to him being charged and going to trial.
The teaser begins with Baldwin weepily describing Hutchins.
“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone who worked with and admired. … I mean, even now, I find it hard to believe that. It just doesn’t seem to seem real to me,” he says.
Watch the full teaser below:
The video continues with Stephanopoulos pummeling Baldwin with tough questions.
“You haven’t said much in public since that tragic accident. Why speak out now? I think the big question, and the one you must have asked yourself a thousand times, how could this have happened. You’ve described it as a one in a trillion shot, and the gun was in your hand. How do you come to terms with that?” the video shows him asking.
But the teaser skips over Baldwin’s answers up until Stephanopoulos points out that “it wasn’t in the script for the trigger [of the prop gun] to be pulled.”
Instead of saying that perhaps he’d accidentally pulled the trigger, or that he’d pulled the trigger jokingly like one might with a toy gun, Baldin claimed that he’d never pulled it at all.
“Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” he said.
“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos pressed.
“No, no, no, no. I would never point a gun at anyone to pull a trigger at them. Never,” the actor replied.
This answer triggered disbelief on social media, with some suggesting that the actor had been “coached” by his lawyers to make such a claim.
I’ve been very careful about how I’ve talked about @AlecBaldwin and the death of Halyna Hutchins. I don’t wish this upon anyone and it clearly wasn’t intentional. But to suggest he never pulled the trigger and somehow the gun just went off is ridiculous. https://t.co/RbI62JpvN2
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) December 1, 2021
Just heard a blurb on @ABC that now @AlecBaldwin denies having pulled the trigger. The script didn’t call for it and he would never point a gun at someone and pull a trigger. Lawyers have coached him well. https://t.co/W4ZicuyMXW
— Michael D. Brown (@MichaelBrownUSA) December 2, 2021
Poor Alec never pulled the trigger, y’all. The gun magically went off.
Disgusting, @AlecBaldwln____. You are a disgrace to the film industry — and that’s a pretty high bar these days.
— Nick Searcy, INSURRECTIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) December 1, 2021
I’m sure he had no intention to kill the lady and didn’t expect the gun to have a real bullet in it, but seriously, he’s really stupid to have said he never pulled the trigger. Hollywood star level stupid.
— Gloria 🇺🇸🇻🇪 GTRR @GloriaLC (@MamaDeCheverito) December 2, 2021
In Alec Baldwin’s interview airing tomorrow, he says “I did not pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never.”
OHHH! It pulled itself? WHAT? 🙄
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) December 1, 2021
So now Alex Baldwin is claiming he never pulled the trigger……I am not an expert but do guns just go off on their own sometimes? Is that a thing? Not looking good…
— Pingtr1p (@Pingtr1p) December 1, 2021
The video continues with Stephanopoulos asking more questions.
“What did you think happened? How did a real bullet get on that set?” he asks.
“I have no idea. Someone put a live bullet in a gun a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin replies.
“How do you respond to actors like George Clooney who say that every time they were handed a gun, they checked it themselves,” Stephanopoulos asks.
The teaser again skips over Baldwin’s answers.
“Your emotions are so clearly so right there on the surface. You felt shock, you felt anger, you felt sadness. Do you feel guilt? You said you’re not a victim, but is this the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?” Stephanopoulos continues asking.
“Yes!” Baldwin promptly exclaims.
“Yep, yeah, I think back I think of what could I have done,” he adds.
Critics say he could have at least learned some gun safety by perhaps signing up for one of the numerous classes taught by the National Rifle Association.
They literally teach gun safety. Alec Baldwin could‘ve used that course.
— EFHutton (@EFHutton123) December 2, 2021
I would feel sorry for Baldwin except he has been an outspoken critic of 2nd amdt rights. If he had undergone NRA gun safety, this wouldn’t have happened
— Thomas Gerald (@cbluesprings) December 2, 2021
Because it’s literally one of the most fundamental part of gun safety. If Alec Baldwin had gone to an NRA safety course as opposed to always criticizing them he’d have learned that day 1. Now someone’s dead because of his negligence.
— AbysmalSquid (@abysmal_squid) December 1, 2021
Of course, that would have required him putting his hatred for the NRA and other gun rights groups aside.
“Alec Baldwin, who discharged a prop firearm on a film set Thursday, killing a cinematographer, has a history of speaking out against the National Rifle Association and other gun rights activists,” according to Insider.
Hutchins died when a so-called “prop gun” containing live ammunition was somehow triggered as Baldwin was holding it during the Oct. 21st recording of the since-suspended Western film “Rust.”
While Baldwin hasn’t been charged for the fatal “accident,” an investigation remains ongoing.
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