Baldwin will sit down for his first formal interview regarding the tragic shooting on the set of the independent Western film "Rust," it was announced on Wednesday. Baldwin addressed the fact that he was holding a gun that was apparently loaded with a live bullet that should not have been on the set at all, let alone in an actor's hand, in a trailer for the tell-all.
An emotional Baldwin asserts categorically that he did not pull the trigger during the preview, which is extensively edited for the purpose of promoting the longer interview that will run Thursday evening. "The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger," Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos. He adds: "No, no, no, no, I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger. Never."
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department, on the other hand, claimed in a warrant that Baldwin "fired" the gun. When a live round rang out, it hit Hutchins before getting caught in director Joel Souza's shoulder. Baldwin was carrying the gun and performing a scene for the film.
Baldwin does not appear to deny that he was carrying the gun at the moment in the carefully edited preview tape, with the distinction that he did not fire the trigger. This is consistent with prior accounts that Baldwin did not have a script to fire the gun at the scene.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department, which is in charge of the inquiry, did not immediately reply to a request for comment from Fox News.
Prior to the event involving Baldwin on Oct. 21, the Los Angeles Times reported that three incidences involving weapons being fired inadvertently occurred. One scene had Baldwin's stunt double firing a blank round after being told the gun he was holding was "cold," a word used in the business to describe a firearm with no projectiles. This is similar to what assistant director Dave Halls informed Baldwin on the day of the shoot, oblivious to the fact that the gun he handed the actor had a live bullet in it before proclaiming it "cold."
Another shooting, according to the outlet, involved a lady working in the props department. According to Lane Luper, the A-camera first assistant on "Rust," she was holding a revolver and inadvertently shot herself in the foot with a blank shell.
In other parts of the preview tape, Baldwin appears to be concentrating on what the police have previously stated is also a focus of the investigation: how a live bullet got into the gun. "Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property," Baldwin says.
Indeed, everyone's recollection of the event seems to agree that live rounds should not have been on the set at all. However, it appears that there was some misunderstanding about the difference between dummy and blank rounds. While the latter is designed to seem completely different from live rounds but simulates a gunshot when fired, fake rounds are not capable of firing but are designed to look like actual bullets for filming purposes.
Armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed, who was one of the few persons to handle the gun before the shooting, claimed sabotage was at work on the set of the film through her attorneys.