Amid the fallout from the fatal shooting incident that occurred on the set of Rust, Alec Baldwin offered up a number of bizarre excuses during his first televised interview since the tragic event.
According to Breitbart, in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Baldwin claimed that he wasn’t responsible for the shooting, saying that if he at all felt responsible, he might have taken his own life as a result. He also insisted he didn’t pull the trigger on the weapon — suggesting it somehow, inexplicably discharged on its own — and hinted that he’s already possibly looking at making another movie next year, though he added that his career is uncertain right now.
Baldwin made headlines after the weird interview for claiming that he’s “not responsible” for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death.
“Is it worth it?”
Given the gravity of the situation, many have questioned whether or not Baldwin should ever work in the industry again, especially depending on the outcome of a complex investigation into the matter that’s currently taking place.
“I mean, could I work? I’m going to go make another movie in January. And I said to them, ‘Do you want to get out of it? Do you want to get rid of me because of what happened?’ They said no,” Baldwin told Stephanopoulos.
The actor added: “But I say to myself, do I want to work much more after this? Is it worth it?”
As far as personal responsibility for Hutchins’ death, Baldwin insisted that the situation was not of his doing, even adding that if he felt responsible, he wouldn’t take suicide off of the table.
“I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me. I mean, honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible, and I don’t say that lightly,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin’s ABC interview was only the third time he’s made a statement on the tragedy, with the first two coming via social media posts.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin tweeted shortly after it happened.
In the second part of the statement, he added: “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Since the incident, Baldwin, in his role as a Rust producer, has already been named in a civil lawsuit filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, who said she was in the line of fire when the firearm was discharged, according to People.