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Alec Baldwin spoke at length about the tragedy on the set of "Rust." Here's what he said.

Actor Alec Baldwin spoke with ABC about the shooting on the set of “Rust” in October that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Baldwin became emotional while describing first meeting Hutchins.

“She was fantastic,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview.

“The people who watch the dailies said that her work was beautiful. She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone.”

Here’s what else Baldwin had to say about the shooting:

  • On how the shooting occurred: “I let go of the hammer and the gun goes off,” Baldwin said. “I never pulled the trigger.”
  • On why a live round was found on set: “A live round isn’t supposed to be anywhere near the set,” Baldwin said. “I don’t have anything to hide.”
  • On meeting Hutchins’ husband following the shooting: “I didn’t know what to say,” Baldwin recalled after meeting Matthew Hutchins. “He hugged me and he goes, ‘I suppose we’re going to go through this together.’” Baldwin added, “I think to myself, this little boy doesn’t have a mother anymore … and there’s nothing we can do to bring her back. I told him, ‘I don’t know what to say, I don’t know how to convey to you how sorry I am and willing to do anything I can to cooperate.’”
  • On Hutchins: “She was the loveliest woman, one of the loveliest women I’ve ever worked with and one of the most professional in terms of her demeanor.”
  • On whether armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed was overworked on set: “No, I assume that everyone that is shooting a lower budget film is stretched, myself included,” Baldwin said. “I got no complaints from her or the prop department.”
  • On comments former President Trump made after the shooting: “Just when you thought things could not get more surreal, here’s the former president of the United States making a comment on this tragic situation,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin says Halyna Hutchins was "the loveliest woman"

Halyna Hutchins attends the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Kickoff Party in Park City, Utah, in 2018.

Actor Alec Baldwin concluded his interview with ABC with words of praise and admiration for Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer on the set of “Rust” who was killed in October.

“She was the loveliest woman, one of the loveliest women I’ve ever worked with and one of the most professional in terms of her demeanor,” Baldwin said.

“She was admired as she was loved,” he said.

Baldwin says it was "surreal" to see Trump comment on the shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin spoke about his reaction to comments from former President Trump claiming the former “30 Rock” star “had something to do with” the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

Trump made his comments on Chris Stigall’s podcast in early November.

“Just when you thought things could not get more surreal, here’s the former president of the United States making a comment on this tragic situation,” Baldwin told ABC during an interview.

Baldwin: "A live round isn't supposed to be anywhere near the set"

Actor Alec Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he is unsure how a live round of ammunition made its way to the set of “Rust.”

In regards to whether Baldwin thinks he will be charged in the death of Halyna Hutchins, the actor said “it’s highly unlikely that I’d be charged with anything criminally.”

Baldwin recalls meeting Halyna Hutchins' husband and telling him how sorry he was

Actor Alec Baldwin recalled meeting Halyna Hutchins’ husband following the deadly shooting and telling him that he would “do anything” to cooperate with the investigation.

“I didn’t know what to say,” Baldwin recalled after meeting Matthew Hutchins according to an interview the actor did with ABC. “He hugged me and he goes, ‘I suppose we’re going to go through this together.’”

Baldwin added: “I think to myself, this little boy doesn’t have a mother anymore … and there’s nothing we can do to bring her back,” Baldwin told anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I told him, ‘I don’t know what to say, I don’t know how to convey to you how sorry I am and willing to do anything I can to cooperate.’”

Baldwin describes when he finally realized there was a live round in the gun

Actor Alec Baldwin said he did not believe there was a live round in the gun for some time after the shooting on the set of “Rust.”

“The notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me ‘till probably 45 minutes to an hour later,” Baldwin told ABC. “She’s laying there and I go, ‘did she hit by wadding? Was there a blank? Sometime those blank rounds have a wadding inside that packs, it’s like a cloth that packs the gunpowder in. Sometimes wadding comes out, it can hit people, and it could feel like a bit of a poke.”

Baldwin went on to say that he recalled going to check on cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, but was forced to leave the set.

"I never pulled the trigger," Baldwin says detailing the moments leading up to the shooting

Moments before the deadly shooting, actor Alec Baldwin recalled being told that the “gun is empty,” he said during an interview with ABC.

Baldwin said he recalled being told by director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, to hold the gun out in her direction, “right below her armpit.”

“I said to her, ‘in this scene, I’m going to cock the gun, do you want to see that?’” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said Hutchins told him to cock the gun, he said.

“I let go of the hammer and the gun goes off,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I never pulled the trigger.”

Baldwin explains how the gun was handled on the set of "Rust"

Actor Alec Baldwin provided some insight into how the gun used on the set of “Rust” was handled by him and armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

“In the protocols of the business, Hannah would hand me the gun 99% of the time, whatever, the preponderance of the time,” Baldwin said during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “But when we would say cut, if Hannah was away from the set, I would hand [assistant director David] Halls the gun.”

Baldwin also addressed whether Reed was overworked on the set.

“No, I assume that everyone that is shooting a lower budget film is stretched, myself included,” Baldwin said. “I got no complaints from her or the prop department.”

"She's fantastic": Baldwin gets emotional talking about "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception in Park City, Utah, in 2019. 

Actor Alec Baldwin became emotional describing first meeting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died during a shooting on the set of his latest film, “Rust.”

“She was fantastic,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview.

“The people who watch the dailies said that her work was beautiful. She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone.”

Baldwin said he didn’t know Hutchins prior to working on the film.

Baldwin on the shooting: "I would go to any lengths to undo what happened"

Actor Alec Baldwin spoke about why he decided to sit down for an interview with ABC to discuss the shooting on the set of “Rust” in October.

“I thought there were a number of misconceptions,” Baldwin said he wanted to address while the investigation into the shooting that killed the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, continues.

“I really feel like I can’t wait for that process to end in February or March,” he said.

"Rust" assistant director also says Baldwin did not pull trigger

An attorney for Dave Halls, the assistant director on the set of “Rust,” corroborated Alec Baldwin’s claim that he never pulled the trigger of the antique gun that discharged in that October movie set shooting, telling ABC on Thursday that her client has said “the entire time Baldwin had his finger outside the trigger guard, parallel to the barrel.”

“He told me since day one he thought it was a misfire,” attorney Lisa Torraco said of her client, adding, “until Alec [Baldwin] said that, it was just really hard to believe, but he told me that since the very first time I met him, that Alec [Baldwin] did not pull the trigger.”

ABC also spoke to one of the suppliers of ammunition for the production, Seth Kenney, who said the live rounds seized by investigators from his prop shop on Wednesday do not match the live rounds that were on set.

“They found four rounds that were close enough to take in with them. They’re not a match, but they were close so there’s something very unique about the live rounds that were found on ‘Rust,’ but we’ve got to wait for the FBI to do its job,” Kenney said.

But Kenney denied that the live rounds that ended up on the Colt .45 gun were provided by him. “It’s not a possibility that they came from PDQ [the supplier] or myself personally. When we send dummy rounds out, they get individually rattle-tested before they get sent out. So if you have a box of 50, you’ve got to do it 50 times and at that point you know they’re safe to send,” Kenney said.

In an affidavit entered into court this week, a detective wrote that Kenney told authorities that he had received “reloaded ammunition” from a friend two years earlier that “stuck out to him.” The round, which Kenney suspected was live, was in a cartridge with the logo of Starline Brass, a company he said only sells components of ammunition, not live ammunition.

The affidavit also described how Thell Reed, an industry veteran and the father of “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, told detectives in an interview that he had given Kenney an “ammo can” with live rounds for training on a different movie this year and never received it back. Reed said he believed the can was still in Kenney’s possession, according to the affidavit.

What we know about the "Rust" set shooting

Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 23.

The gun discharged by actor Alec Baldwin during a fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” fired a “suspected live round,” the Santa Fe County sheriff has said.

Investigators believe they have recovered the “lead projectile” and shell casing from the ammunition that struck and killed the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza on the New Mexico movie set in October.

“The facts are clear: A weapon was handed to Mr. Baldwin. The weapon is functional and fired a live round, killing Ms. Hutchins and injuring Mr. Souza,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza said at a joint news conference on Oct. 27.

Approximately 500 rounds of ammunition — a combination of blanks, dummy and live rounds — have been seized from the set, Mendoza said. He said officials believe the lead projectile that was fired from the gun was recovered from Souza’s shoulder.

A total of three guns were seized from the proximity of the incident, Mendoza added. In addition to the one believed to have been fired by Baldwin, one was altered and not functioning and the other was plastic.

He said the evidence would be submitted to the FBI for further processing.

Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez and assistant director David Halls have been cooperative with investigators, according to Mendoza.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, Souza said he was shot in the shoulder and Hutchins was killed as Baldwin practiced drawing a prop gun during rehearsal for the Western at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe.

The director told investigators Baldwin was “sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw,” as stated in the affidavit. A cross draw is when a shooter pulls the weapon from a holster on the opposite side of the body from the draw hand.

Souza also said Hutchins was “complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection” after the shot was fired.

Authorities have said that they have recovered some camera footage but they believe there is no footage of the actual incident.

Keep reading about the shooting here.

Alec Baldwin on "Rust" set shooting: "I didn't pull the trigger" of gun

Alec Baldwin told ABC News he never pulled the trigger of the gun that shot director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust.”

“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger,” Baldwin said in an excerpt released Wednesday from the sit-down interview — his first since the October shooting.

When asked why he pointed the gun at Hutchins and pulled the trigger when that wasn’t in the script, Baldwin said, “I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never.”

Baldwin also said he has no idea how a live bullet got in the Colt .45 revolver he used in the scene.

An emotional Baldwin visibly fought back tears when talking about Hutchins.

“She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with her, liked by everyone who worked with her — and admired,” Baldwin said, adding, “it doesn’t seem real to me.”

When asked by George Stephanopoulos if the shooting was the worst thing that had ever happened to him, Baldwin said yes, “because I think back and I think, what could I have done?”

ABC is set to air the interview tonight.

Alec Baldwin sits down with ABC News after fatal "Rust" shooting

Alec Baldwin speaks with George Stephanopoulos.

Alec Baldwin sat down with ABC News for his first formal interview since discharging a prop firearm that killed a crew member and injured another on the set of the film “Rust.”

The interview was conducted by anchor George Stephanopoulos and took place Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Business.

Baldwin’s spokespeople did not respond to CNN Business’ request for comment. A spokesperson for ABC News also did not respond to requests for comment.

ABC is set to air the interview tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

The sit-down comes more than a month after the incident left 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead on the New Mexico set. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the Oct. 21 shooting.

Baldwin’s interview with Stephanopoulos marks the first time the actor is speaking extensively about the incident. In addition to his initial statement, he made remarks to paparazzi that appeared in a video posted to TMZ’s website.

Read more here.