SANTE FE COUNTY, NM. (THECOUNT) — Actor Alec Baldwin broke his silence Saturday speaking out for the first time on the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last week.
It is the first time Baldwin appeared on camera since Hutchins was killed during the production of “Rust” in Sante Fe, New Mexico last week. Director Joel Souza was wounded during the shooting.
“There are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this,” Baldwin, who looked forlorn and at times sounded hoarse, told a reporter from BackGrid as he stood on the side of the road in Vermont, with traffic whizzing by behind him. “This is a one in a trillion episode, a one in a trillion event.”
Baldwin, in dark pants and a dark jacket over a gray flannel shirt, spoke on what appeared to be a rural road with his wife, Hilaria, at his side filming the interaction on her cellphone, reports NYPost.
“A woman died. She was my friend, she was my friend,” said Baldwin. “When I arrived in Sante Fe to start shooting, I took her to dinner.
“We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together when this horrible event happened.”
At one point, the Baldwins admonished a reporter for apparently failing to know Hutchins’ name.
“You don’t know her name? C’mon,” Baldwin said.
The actor said he welcomes discussions about eliminating guns in Hollywood productions.
Geo quick facts: Santa Fe County is located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,170, making it New Mexico’s third-most populous county, after Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County. Its county seat is Santa Fe, the state capital – Wikipedia.