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Alec Baldwin Calls Fatal Rust Shooting ‘One in a Trillion Episodes’, Says Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Was ‘My Friend’ |  Ents & Arts News

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Alec Baldwin Calls Fatal Rust Shooting ‘One in a Trillion Episodes’, Says Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Was ‘My Friend’ | Ents & Arts News

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Actor Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly for the first time since cinematographer Halyna Hutchins accidentally shot on the set of Rust, calling it a “one in a trillion” episode.

The actor and his wife, Hilaria, stopped to speak to reporters by a roadside in Manchester, Vt, and although Baldwin said he could not comment on the ongoing investigation, he did describes Mrs. Hutchins as “my friend”.

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Baldwin said Halyna Hutchins was a friend and was in “constant contact” with her family

“We were a very, very well oiled crew making a movie together and then this horrible event happened,” Baldwin said.

“A woman died. She was my friend … When I got to Sante Fe to start filming, I took her to dinner.”

Mrs Cackling, 42, was killed and director Joel Souza was injured by a gun Baldwin was unloaded outfit with one round live on the set of Rust in New Mexico October 21.

Baldwin had been told the weapon was safe and it is still unclear how the live ammunition ended up on the set.

The actor said he is cooperating with police as the investigation continues, but was unable to comment further.

Alec Baldwin Calls Fatal Rust Shooting ‘One in a Trillion Episodes’, Says Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Was ‘My Friend’ |  Ents & Arts News

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Ms Hutchins, 42, died after Baldwin discharged a gun while filming his new movie Rust

Baldwin said he was in “constant contact” with Ms Hutchins’ husband and son, who he said are “mortified”.

“The guy is overcome with grief. There are accidental accidents on sets every now and then, but nothing like it,” Baldwin said.

“It’s a trillion event. He’s in shock, he has a nine-year-old son. We are in constant contact with him because we are very worried about him and his family.

“We are anxiously awaiting the sheriff’s department to tell us what their investigation has yielded.”

Alec Baldwin Calls Fatal Rust Shooting ‘One in a Trillion Episodes’, Says Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Was ‘My Friend’ |  Ents & Arts News

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Baldwin went on to say that he supports limits on the use of live weapons in movies and TV shows to protect the safety of people on set, and believes Rust’s production will not restart.

New Mexico Police said earlier this week there was “some complacency” in the way guns were handled on set, but it is too early to determine whether charges will be laid.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said 500 rounds – a mix of blank bullets, dummy bullets and suspected live bullets – were found during the search for the set.

The detectives have recovered a lead projectile they think the actor fired.

Tests are underway to confirm whether the projectile fired from Mr. Souza’s shoulder was fired from the same long Colt revolver used by Baldwin.

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