Nov 1, 2021
Alec Baldwin Speaks About Deadly Shooting on Rust Film Set Transcript
Alec Baldwin spoke to the press about the deadly shooting that took place on the “Rust” film set. Read the transcript of his remarks here.
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Alec Baldwin: (00:00)
Speaker 2: (00:01)
Alec Baldwin: (00:01)
What do you want to know?
Speaker 2: (00:02)
All right Alec, what’s the current statement with what’s going on with the case-
Alec Baldwin: (00:05)
I’m not allowed to make any comments because it’s an ongoing investigation. I’ve been ordered by the Sheriff’s department in Santa Fe. I can’t answer any questions about the investigation. I can’t. It’s an active investigation in terms of a woman died. She was my friend. The day I arrived in Santa Fe and started shooting, I took her to dinner with Joel the director. We were a very… excuse me. We were a very well-oiled crew shooting a film together, and then this horrible event happened. Now I’ve been told multiple times don’t make any comments about the ongoing investigation, and I can’t. I can’t. That’s it.
Speaker 2: (00:48)
You met with-
Alec Baldwin: (00:48)
What other questions do you have other than that?
Speaker 2: (00:49)
You met with the… Forget her name at the moment, but you met with her family?
Hilaria Baldwin: (00:55)
Halyna. Her name is Halyna. If you’re spending this much time waiting for us, you should know her name. Her name is Halyna.
Alec Baldwin: (01:01)
You don’t know her name? Halyna Hutchins. I met with her husband Matthew, and her son. Yeah, that’s right.
Speaker 2: (01:02)
And how did that meeting go?
Alec Baldwin: (01:07)
I wouldn’t know how to characterize that. They’re mortified-
Hilaria Baldwin: (01:10)
You guys, you know what? No details.
Alec Baldwin: (01:12)
Do me a favor. I’m going to answer the question.
Speaker 2: (01:13)
Well I appreciate that he was probably very upset.
Alec Baldwin: (01:17)
The guy is overwhelmed with grief. This is something that, there are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this. This is a 1 in a trillion episode. It’s a one in trillion event, and so he is in shock. He has a nine year old son. We are in constant contact with him, because we’re very worried about his family and his kid, and as I said, we’re eagerly awaiting for the Sheriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded. What else do you have?
Speaker 2: (01:50)
Would you ever work on another film set that involves firearms of that nature?
Alec Baldwin: (01:54)
I couldn’t answer that question. I really don’t have any, I have no sense of it at all. I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in. [inaudible 00:02:05] But remember something that I think is important and that is how many bullets have been fired on films and TV shows in the last 75 years? This is America. How many bullets have gone off in movies and on TV sets? Probably billions in the last 75 years, and nearly all of them without incident. So what has to happen now is we have to realize that when it does go wrong and it’s this horrible, catastrophic thing, some new measures have to take place. Rubber guns, plastic guns, no live, no real [inaudible 00:02:39]. That’s not for me to decide. It’s urgent. It’s urgent that you understand I’m not an expert in this field. So whatever other people decide is the best way to go in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets, I’m all in favor of, and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can.
Speaker 2: (02:53)
Do you have any further projects in the works [inaudible 00:02:56] or is everything-
Alec Baldwin: (02:56)
No. That’s irrelevant to what we’re talking about.
Speaker 4: (02:59)
Do you think production will start up again on-
Alec Baldwin: (03:01)
No, I doubt it. Is there anything else?
Speaker 4: (03:04)
Why Vermont, Alec?
Hilaria Baldwin: (03:05)
Because we just… it’s private.
Alec Baldwin: (03:07)
No, that’s personal… Yeah, that’s private. Anything else?
Speaker 4: (03:08)
Alec Baldwin: (03:11)
So just do me a favor, you don’t mind? My kids are in the car crying-
Hilaria Baldwin: (03:14)
Because you guys are following them, and they know.
Alec Baldwin: (03:16)
But all I want to do, as a courtesy to you, I came to talk to you. I’m not allowed to comment on the investigation. I talk to the cops every day. I talk to them every day [inaudible 00:03:25].