Alec Baldwin has made his first comments publicly since the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.
His voice hoarse and his face strained with grief, Baldwin told a reporter from BackGrid that he had been gagged from talking about the unintentional shot at Halyna Hutchins by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.
“She was my friend,” Baldwin said of Mrs. Hutchins, a 42-year-old married mother of one who was killed on Bonanza Creek Ranch on Oct. 14.
“There are random accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this,” he said.
“This is an episode of one out of a trillion, one out of a trillion event.”
Baldwin agreed to speak briefly with a reporter next to the road in Vermont as his wife Hilaria was filming the impromptu meeting on his cell phone nearby.
Baldwin said he was limited in what he could say.
“I am not allowed to comment because it is an active investigation. A woman died. She was my friend, she was my friend, ”he said.
“When I arrived at Sante Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner.
“We were a very, very well-oiled team recording a movie together when this horrific event happened.”
Mr. Baldwin was the producer on Rust, as well as appearing as a revolver man in the western film set in the 19th century.
When asked about growing calls to stop the use of real firearms on film footage, Baldwin said he supported the move.
“I know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on a set is something I am extremely interested in,” he said.
Baldwin said he was in “constant contact” with Mrs. Hutchins’ husband Matthew and was “very worried” about her family.