Tragedy struck in late October when a prop gun was misfired on the set of Rust, leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at the age of 42. Alec Baldwin was the actor handling the gun when the incident happened, leading a lot of eyes to be on the 30 Rock star for allegedly being unmindful of gun safety on set. As a criminal investigation continues to unfold and multiple crew members seek to sue Baldwin, many members of the Hollywood community have spoken out about the incident, including George Clooney, and Baldwin has now responded.
Last month, George Clooney reacted to the death of Halyna Hutchins by sharing his own experiences with prop guns and the prior incidents people close to him have died from due to a “series of stupid things.” Clooney shared that he always checks the gun himself before every single take. When Alec Baldwin went into depth about the incident to ABC News during an exclusive interview, George Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin about his thoughts on his fellow actor’s comments. In Baldwin’s words:
As Alec Baldwin shared in the recent interview, in which he also claimed that he didn’t “pull the trigger” on the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins, he was alwys taught that it was the prop department’s responsibility to check guns and thus have spent his career trusting that process. That seems to be something that Clooney disagrees with considering what the actor shared on WTF with Marc Maron prior to the ABC News interview. As Clooney put it:
The Tender Bar director’s words adds some complexity to the conversation around the Rust incident because it begs the question whether Alec Baldwin should be held responsible for not checking the gun that would kill Halyna Hutchins. What still doesn’t add up about the situation is in regards to the live bullet that Baldwin explained was reportedly found following the tragic incident that happened on set.
The Emmy-winning actor said he chose to speak to ABC News about what happened on the Rust set from his perspective because there are a number of things happening, between the criminal investigation, civil litigation and the public’s “misconceptions” about what happened. He felt he needed to speak about the incident sooner than later, rather than let months go by without addressing it. We here at CinemaBlend will keep you updated on how this unfortunate event continues to unfold.