Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider slammed Alec Baldwin‘s teary ABC interview and cast doubt on the star’s claim that the ‘gun went off by itself.’
On Wednesday, the night before actor Alec Baldwin’s sit down interview with George Stephanopoulos, Schneider posted an 18-minute long video on YouTube titled ‘Seriously Alec?’ where he laid into the actor and claimed that the emotion showed in the interview’s previews were ”bullsh**’
On Thursday Baldwin broke his silence on the shooting in an interview with ABC where he talked about how he ‘loved’ 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and how he’d bonded with her widower after accidentally killing her.
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Schneider said a ‘propaganda machine’ was behind pushing the idea that Baldwin ‘is a victim,’ and that the interview was ‘all designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin’
On Thursday Baldwin broke his silence on the shooting in an interview with ABC where he talked about how he ‘loved’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
Baldwin shot and killed Halyna Hutchins (pictured), a 42-year-old cinematographer, on the set of Rust on October 21
He maintains that he didn’t pull the trigger and that the gun just ‘went off’ while in his hands on the set of the movie in New Mexico on October 21.
‘I let go of the hammer, bang. The gun goes off. Everyone is horrified. They’re shocked. It’s loud,’ he said.
He also went on to say he did not claim responsibility for the tragic accident.
‘Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who it is, but it’s not me.
‘Honest to God, if I thought I was responsible I might have killed myself. And I don’t say that lightly,’ he said.
But Schneider did not buy Alec’s tears in the promotions leading up to the interview where Baldwin could he seen weeping as he described the accidental shooting that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
‘The trigger wasn’t pulled, I didn’t pull the trigger,’ he said in the teasers, often having to pause to collect himself, or wipe away a tear.
‘Honest to God, if I thought I was responsible I might have killed myself. And I don’t say that lightly,’ Baldwin said in the teary interview
The live round that Alec Baldwin fired and accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust may have been a homemade bullet, according to court documents
Hutchins’ October 19, 2021 Instagram post showed cast members and staffers, including Baldwin alongside Hutchins herself and armorer Gutierrez-Reed (circled left to right) on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico
‘I would never point a gun at anyone or point a trigger at them, never.’
Schneider said a ‘propaganda machine’ was behind pushing the idea that Baldwin ‘is a victim,’ and that the interview was ‘all designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin.’
In the nearly 20-minute video Schneider also questioned whether people were supposed to believe ‘that a gun went off by itself,’ in response to Baldwins claims that he did not pull the trigger.
The ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star also said the story about the incident has changed too many times.
‘Three weeks ago, it was a prop gun. Four weeks ago, nobody knew how in the world this real weapon was loaded on the set,’ Schneider said. ‘Today, he didn’t pull the trigger.’
‘What kind of idiots do you take us for?’ the actor asked.
‘This is a wonderful business we all work in. We are honored and privileged to be part of it,’ Schneider added. ‘So when someone takes a crap – which obviously George and Alec have done here and obviously this woman is still deceased. Her family is still without a mother, without a wife. This is absurd.’
On Thursday Baldwin described in detail for the first time the immediate aftermath of the accident on October 21. He was filming a scene inside a church on the set of the movie when the gun was handed to him.
‘She’s getting me to position the gun – everything is at her direction. I draw the gun, to her marker. I’m not shooting to the camera lens, I’m shooting just off. In her direction. This was a completely incidental shot, that may not have ended up in the film.’
Baldwin says he cocked the gun, and was discussing with Hutchins how it looked on camera.
‘I’m just showing. I go, ‘How ’bout that? Does that work? You see that? Do you see that?’ And then she goes, “Yeah, that’s good.”
‘I let go of the hammer, bang. The gun goes off. Everyone is horrified. They’re shocked. It’s loud. They don’t have their earplugs in.
‘No one was – the gun was supposed to be empty. I was told I was handed an empty gun. If they were cosmetic rounds, nothing with a charge at all, a flash round, nothing.
‘She goes down, I thought to myself, “Did she faint?” The notion that there was a live round in that gun did not dawn on me ’till probably 45 minutes to an hour later.’
He added: ‘Well, she’s laying there and I go, “Did she hit by wadding? Was there a blank?” Sometimes those blank rounds have a wadding inside that packs, it’s like a cloth that packs the gunpowder in. Sometimes wadding comes out, it can hit people, and it could feel like a little bit of a poke.
‘But no one could understand. Did she have a heart attack? Because remember the idea that someone put a live bullet in the gun was not even in reality.”
‘I never pulled the trigger. No, no, no. You would never do that.’
Dave Halls, the assistant director who was watching, confirmed Baldwin’s account, through his lawyer.
Baldwin said he stood over her for ‘about 60 seconds’ and was then ushered out. Was she conscious?’ Stephanopoulos asked. ‘My recollection is yes,’ said Baldwin.
He said ‘no one had any idea’ there was live ammunition used until a police officer showed a photo of the shrapnel removed from Souza’s arm.
He said then began ‘the agony, insanity, that someone put a live bullet in the gun. She was laying there and she was there for a while I was amazed at how long they didn’t get her in a car or get her out, but they waited until a helicopter came,’ he said.
‘And by the time the helicopter took off with her we were literally all glutted to that process outside.
‘When she finally left, I don’t know how long she was there for. She kept saying, she’s stable, just as you disbelieve there was a live round in the gun, you disbelieve its going to be a fatal accident.
‘At the end of my interview with the sheriff’s department, they told me ‘we regret to inform you she didn’t make it,’ they told me then and there.’
He added: ‘That’s when I went outside and called my wife.’