Alec Baldwin talks about ‘Rust’ recordings, says Halyna Hutchins’ ‘Was My Friend’

Actress Alec Baldwin spoke to the media on camera for the first time on Saturday since he accidentally shot cinema Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico movie earlier this month.

“It’s an active investigation in the form of – a woman died, she was my friend,” Baldwin said of Hutchins in a video taken by the paparazzi and published by TMZ. “We were a very, very well-oiled team that recorded a movie together, and then this awful event happened.”

Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured after Baldwin fired a direct round from a gun he used as a prop during a rehearsal for the western film “Rust” earlier this month. According to a police statement, Assistant Director David Halls handed over the gun to Baldwin, saying it was “cold” – meaning safe to use – just moments before the shooting.

Baldwin said that the day he arrived to film “Rust,” he took Hutchins and Souza with him to dinner.

He added on Saturday that he has met Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, and characterizes him as “in shock.”

“He has a 9-year-old son,” Baldwin said. “We are in constant contact with him because we are very concerned about his family and his child. As I said, we are anxiously awaiting the sheriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded.”

The actor, who called the shooting a “one in a trillion” accident, said he was in favor of using fewer firearms on filming.

“I know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I am extremely interested in,” he said.


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