‘Duke of Hazard’ star slams Alec Baldwin for agreeing to interview George Stephanopoulos about ‘Rust’ shooting tragedy
Unique: John Schneider was not impressed by Alec Baldwin’s tears during his recent television sit-down.
On Thursday, the actor spoke in depth for the first time about the October 21 shooting on the set of his Western film “Rust,” which resulted in the death of cinematographer Helena Hutchins.
The 63-year-old, who got emotional while discussing the 42-year-old, said he feels incredible sadness and regret, but not guilt, over shooting on the set of a New Mexico film.
“Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it was, but it’s not me,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “To be honest, if I thought I was responsible, I probably would have killed myself.”
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Schneider, who has been critical of Baldwin’s decision to do the interview, was not buying it.
“This is becoming a clear attempt to blame the gun,” the actor told Granthshala News Digital. “Guns don’t work that way. They don’t load themselves and they don’t fire themselves. It’s absurd.”
The “Duke of Hazard” star continued, “I am disappointed and dismayed at Mr. Baldwin’s refusal to show any guilt, shame or remorse for his actions.” “I’m ashamed of my industry and the dark cloud it’s coming to. My sincere hope is that this isn’t a smokescreen to hide some deeper truth.”
In the tell-all, Baldwin claimed that despite holding a gun, he “didn’t pull the trigger.”
Before the interview, Schneider shared his thoughts on the matter in an 18-minute video titled “Seriously Alec?”
The 61-year-old claimed the interview was “designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin” and claimed that the actor’s tearful emotional reactions during the interview were “bull-tee”.
Schneider questioned the conversation, asking whether viewers should “believe that a gun went off on its own.”
“This is an amazing business we all work in. We are honored and privileged to be a part of it,” he continued. “So when someone fucks up – which is obviously what George and Alec did here and apparently this woman is still dead. Her family is still without a mother, without a wife. It’s absurd.”
Schneider said he believes the “propaganda machine” is responsible for perpetuating the idea that Baldwin is “a victim.”
“Three weeks ago, it was a prop gun. Four weeks ago, no one knew how in the world this real weapon was loaded onto the set,” Schneider said. “Today, he didn’t pull the trigger.”
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“What kind of idiots do you take us for?” The actor questioned. He then pleaded with law enforcement, asking investigators not to believe Baldwin’s claim, calling it “nonsense.”
“Guns don’t go off on their own,” Schneider insisted. “Let us not forget that it was a single-action – it was not a Colt, it was a replica… – a single-action weapon to be cocked and fired. So you what kind of idiots to us take?”
“There is no world in which guns go away on their own,” he reiterated. “… Hutchins is still dead. And his family isn’t getting an apology, he’s getting no — in my opinion — he’s getting no justice, he’s not getting any answers.”
Schneider then developed an analogy, comparing “rust” shooting to a bully pushing a child off a swing on a playground, resulting in serious injury.
The actor said, “What is the bully going to say? ‘I didn’t push him! I didn’t push him.’ “At first they were going to say, ‘I didn’t know. I didn’t know what was going on.’ Then if that doesn’t work—which, by the way, it still doesn’t work because you have to check the weapon, mate—but then you have the audacity to say, ‘I didn’t pull the trigger.'”
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Star said it was “still unforgivable” when a weapon was handed to you, even if you were told it was unloaded, but acknowledged that it would be “very easy to accidentally pull that trigger.”
However, it was not only Baldwin that the actor was aiming for. He called Stephanopoulos “the poster boy of leftist propaganda”.
Schneider said, “Why in the world someone would view an interview with George as something enlightening or a modicum of truth, I don’t know.” “But that’s just me.”
Schneider also said that he is “incredibly embarrassed” for “Stephanopoulos” because, my god, why are you maintaining this BS?
Baldwin said it is necessary for investigators to find out who fired the shot, believed to be empty, that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
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“There’s only one question to be solved, and that’s where did the live round come from?” Baldwin said.
“I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them. Never.”
He said it was Hutchins himself who told him to point the gun off-camera and toward his side before he could be fired.
When Stephanopoulos told Baldwin that many people say you shouldn’t point a gun directly at someone on set, he replied, “Unless it’s the person who was directing me to the angle of his camera. Where to point the gun?
It was one of many tearful moments he had in describing Hutchins, adding that she was “a person who was loved and admired by everyone who worked with her.” Baldwin also noted that he was doing the interview to counter public misconceptions about the shooting and to clarify that “I will go to any lengths to undo what happened.”
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“I want to make sure that I don’t come across as a victim because we have two victims here,” he said.
Investigators have described “some complacency” in how weapons are handled on the “Rust” set. He has said it is too early to determine whether charges will be filed amid independent civil lawsuits related to liability in the fatal shooting.
Baldwin said that he met the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid for a gun training session before the shooting, and she appeared capable and responsible.
“I assumed because she was there and was hired that she was at work,” he said.
The Gutierrez Reid case has been the subject of much investigation. Her lawyer has said that she did not fire the gun and believes she was the victim of sabotage. Officials say they have found no evidence of this.
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Baldwin, who was also the film’s producer, said there was no indication to him that the crew members were unhappy with the security conditions on set, although some resigned over the issue.
“I haven’t heard a word about it, nobody,” Baldwin said, adding that complaints about cost-cutting on the film have been misguided. Asked by Stephanopoulos whether cost-cutting compromised safety, Baldwin said, “Not in my opinion.”
“When I was there, I personally didn’t notice any safety or security issues,” he said.
Baldwin said he does not believe he will be criminally charged in the shooting.
“I’ve talked to the sheriff’s department several times,” he said. “I have nothing to hide.”
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But the incident, he said, broke him emotionally.
“I have constant dreams about it,” he said. “Wake constantly where there are guns. These pictures pop into my mind and keep me awake at night and I haven’t slept for weeks and I’m really struggling physically.”
Asked by Stephanopoulos if his career was over, Baldwin said, “It could be.”
He said that his next production still wants him, “but I said to myself, ‘Do I want to do more work after this?
Hutchins is survived by her husband and their son.
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