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Alec Baldwin records ‘raw’ first sit-down interview following Rust shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin has given his first in-studio interview with ABC America’s George Stephanopoulos following the tragedy that occurred on the set of his movie Rust in October.

The actor sat down on Tuesday with Stephanopoulos, who described the one hour and twenty-minute discussion as “raw” and “intense.”

“I’ve done thousands of interviews in the last twenty years at ABC,” Stephanopoulos said during this morning’s GMA.

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Alec Baldwin speaks to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in sit down interview following Rust shooting (ABC America)

“This was the most intense I’ve ever experienced.”

“So raw. As you can imagine he’s devastated but he was also very candid, he was very forthcoming. He answered every question, he talked about Halyna Hutchins, talked about meeting with her family as well.”

“[He] went through in detail what happened on the set that day and I have to tell you I was surprised in many places over the course of that hour and twenty minutes we sat down yesterday.”

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The interview will air Thursday evening at 8pm ET on ABC America and on Hulu (12pm Friday AEDT).

This will be the first time Baldwin has spoken out about the incident on camera, barring a brief interview he gave to TMZ in a bid to stop the paparazzi from following him and his family in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin speak for the first time regarding the accidental shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of the film Rust, on October 30, 2021 in Manchester, Vermont. The actor, his wife and children pulled over to the side of the road and gave an unscheduled statement after being pursued by photographers and members of the press. (GC Images)
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin speaks for the first time regarding the accidental shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of the film Rust, on October 30, 2021 in Manchester, Vermont. The actor, his wife and children pulled over to the side of the road and gave an unscheduled statement after being pursued by photographers and members of the press. (GC Images)

Hutchins was shot dead as Baldwin rehearsed with what he believed to be an empty gun on the set of Western Rust in New Mexico in October.

He was handed the weapon by assistant director Dave Halls, who had been given the gun by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the 24-year-old armourer on the film. Halls reportedly called “cold gun” as he handed it over.

As Baldwin then practised drawing and firing the weapon a bullet discharged, injuring director Joel Souza and killing Hutchins.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting to determine how and why bullets came to be in the gun.

Halyna Hutchins
Halyna Hutchins was shot dead as Baldwin rehearsed with what he believed to be an empty gun on the set of Western Rust in New Mexico in October (Getty Images for SAGindie)

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