SEPTEMBER 9th 2020: Actor Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Thomas Baldwin welcome their fifth child together - a baby boy born on September 8th. - File Photo by: zz/John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 4/26/19 Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin at the premiere of "Crown Vic" held on April 26, 2019 during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. (NYC)
Baldwin calls Trump criticism following “Rust” shooting surreal
Alec Baldwin has described criticism by former President Trump in the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of the actor’s movie, “Rust,” as “surreal” The Hill reports.
The publication reports that in an interview last month, Trump suggested, without evidence, that the shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins could have been intentional.
Slamming Baldwin as a “cuckoo-bird” and a “nutjob,” Trump said, “And usually, when there’s somebody like that, you know, in my opinion, he had something to do with it.”
Following Hutchins’s death, the former president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., made headlines when he sold T-shirts on his website that mocked the shooting. The $28 shirts featured the message: “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.”
“Just when you think that things can’t get more surreal, here’s the former president of the United States making a comment on this tragic situation,” Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos in a Thursday ABC News special.
According to the report, responding to a question from Stephanopoulos about whether he’s become a target because of his political views, Baldwin — who is one of Hollywood’s most outspoken critics of the 45th president and lampooned him while playing the then-commander in chief regularly on “Saturday Night Live” — said, “I don’t think that anybody has said anything about and has used this as an opportunity other than people you would fully expect to have done that.”
“He said, ‘He killed her deliberately,'” the 63-year-old performer said of Trump’s statements on the special, “Alec Baldwin: Unscripted.”
Authorities say cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded when Baldwin fired a gun holding a “suspected live round” while the Academy Award winner was working on a scene for the Western film in October.