Alec Baldwin says he’s gotten fired from five jobs in the 10 months following his deadly “Rust” movie set shooting and credits his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, for supporting him in the aftermath.
The actor, 64, in an interview with CNN published Friday, opened up about the October shooting on set outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, during which the prop gun he was holding during a rehearsal fired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.
“I got fired from another job yesterday,” he told the news outlet. “There I was all set to go to a movie, jump on a plane … I’ve been talking with these guys for months and they told me yesterday we don’t want to do the film with you because of this.”
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He continued: “If I didn’t have my wife, I don’t know where I would be right now … If I didn’t have her, I probably would have quit, retired, gone off, you know sold everything I owned, got a house in the middle of nowhere and just you know did find something else to do, sell real estate.”
Baldwin said the incident “has taken years off” his life.
“That (Hutchins) died, that’s the worst thing of all. Somebody died, and it was avoidable. It was so unnecessary,” he said. “Every day of my life I think about that.”
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An FBI forensic report released earlier this week determined that gun used by Baldwin could not have been fired “without a pull of the trigger,” which Baldwin has maintained.
Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas told USA TODAY in a statement the “critical report is the one from the medical examiner, who concluded that this was a tragic accident.”
“This is the third time the New Mexico authorities have found that Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions on the set, that he was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold,’ and believed the gun was safe,” Nikas continued.
But Baldwin in his new interview pointed fingers at armorer and props assistant Hannah Gutierrez Reed and assistant director Dave Halls, who Baldwin said handed him the gun that day. The actor said he doesn’t want either to go to prison, but wants “everybody to know that those are the two people that are responsible for what happened.”
“Someone put a live bullet in the gun who should have known better,” Baldwin said. “That was (Gutierrez Reed’s) job. Her job was to look at the ammunition and put in the dummy round or the blank round, and there wasn’t supposed to be any live rounds on the set.”
Baldwin, who also was a producer on the movie “Rust,” has previously said the gun should not have been loaded for the rehearsal.
Contributing: Naledi Ushe, Maria Puente