Piers Morgan blasts Alec Baldwin for 'sickening performance' in first TV interview since 'Rust' set shooting

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  • Piers Morgan
    Piers Morgan
    English journalist and television host
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Halyna Hutchins
    Ukrainian-American cinematographer and investigative journalist

Watch: Alec Baldwin doesn't feel guilt over fatal Rust shooting

Piers Morgan has slammed Alec Baldwin’s interview on the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, accusing the actor of “crocodile tears”.

Hutchins died aged 42 after a gun Baldwin, 63, was using as a prop fired a live round on the set of the film Rust back in October.

The 30 Rock star has now given his first TV interview since the incident, telling Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos he did not feel guilty as he felt he wasn't the responsible party.

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"No. No. I feel that... someone is responsible for what happened and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me,” he said.

Halyna Hutchins was killed after a live bullet fired from a gun on the set of film 'Rust'. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Halyna Hutchins was killed after a live bullet fired from a gun on the set of film 'Rust'. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

“Honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might've killed myself if I thought that I was responsible. And I don't say that lightly."

Baldwin also became visibly emotional at several points in the conversation. 

Sharing a story from the Mail Online which highlighted Baldwin’s comments on his lack of guilt, Morgan expressed his disdain.

“Absolutely sickening performance,” he opined. “A young woman was shot dead, the gun that killed her was in his hand at the time, but all Baldwin seems to care about is clearing himself from any responsibility with crocodile tears on TV.”

Morgan previously criticised Baldwin for telling his side of the story on television, tweeting: "His account should be in a courtroom under oath, not a TV interview."

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Baldwin said he hadn’t pulled the trigger on the gun but had “cocked” it while Hutchins gave him direction on using it.

"I cock the gun. I go, 'Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?'

Alec Baldwin gave his first TV interview since the fatal shooting. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images)
Alec Baldwin gave his first TV interview since the fatal shooting. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images)

"And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off," he said of the shooting, which also injured director Joel Souza.

Baldwin added that he had “no idea” how a live bullet came to be in the gun, or even on set.

The incident has raised serious concerns over safety in the film industry and prompted questions about the use of weapons on set.

Hutchins is survived by her husband Matthew Hutchins and nine-year-old son.

Watch: Alec Baldwin details Rust shooting: 'I thought to myself, ‘Did she faint?’

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