During a new interview with ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos, actor Alec Baldwin said his acting days could be coming to an end after the Rust shooting. While he was on the New Mexico set of the western film, the prop gun Baldwin was holding was accidentally discharged an unexpected live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Baldwin admitted to Stephanopoulos that he “couldn’t give a shit” about his acting career anymore, prompting the ABC host to ask, “Is it over?
“It could be, it could be,” Baldwin said. “If I decide that I — I mean, could I work? I’m gonna go make another movie in January. And I said to them, ‘Do you wanna get out of it? Do you wanna get rid of me ’cause of what happened?’ They said, ‘No.’ But I say to myself, ‘Do I wanna work much more after that? Is it worth it?”
The actor told Stephanopoulos he’s been having vivid dreams since Hutchins’ death, and couldn’t imagine ever making a movie with guns in it again. But one emotion Baldwin isn’t experiencing in regards to the Rust shooting? Guilt.
“I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible, and I don’t say that lightly,” he said. “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
Baldwin also said that he never pulled the trigger on the prop firearm responsible for Hutchins’ death. When asked why he pointed a gun in Hutchins’ direction and pulled the trigger when that wasn’t in the movie’s script, the actor replied, “I would never point a gun at anyone and then pull the trigger, never. Someone put a live bullet in the gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”
Alec Baldwin: Unscripted aired on ABC on Thursday, and is now available to stream on Hulu.
A two-hour 20/20 special examining the shooting in more depth will also air on ABC on Friday, Dec. 10, from 9:01-11:00 p.m. ET. It will be available to stream on Hulu the following day.