Alec Baldwin Fires Back at George Clooney over Gun Safety

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin fired back at fellow actor George Clooney for saying he always checks guns on any set he was working on.

“Every single time I’m handed a gun on the set, every time they hand me a gun I look at it, I open it. I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, I show it to the crew,” Clooney said.

“How do you respond to actors like George Clooney who say that every time they were handed a gun, they checked it themselves?” George Stephanopoulos asked Alec Baldwin.

Baldwin said: “Well, there were a lot of people who felt it necessary to contribute some comment to the situation, which really didn’t help the situation. At all. If your protocol is you check the gun every time, well, good for you. I’ve probably handled weapons as much as any other actor in films with an average career. Again, shooting or being shot by someone.

“And in that time, I had a protocol and it never let me down.

“The prop person said, ‘Don’t do that,’ when I was young. And they’d say, ‘One thing you would need to understand is we don’t want the actor to be the last line of defense against any catastrophic breach of safety with the gun. My job is to make sure the gun is safe and then I hand you the gun and I declare the gun is safe. The crew is not relying on you to say that it’s safe. They’re relying on me to say that it’s safe.

“When that person who is charged with that job handed me the weapon, I trusted them. And I never had a problem.

“I guess that’s a tough question because the actor’s responsibility going this day forward is very different than it was the day before that,” Baldwin said when asked what responsibility the actor has on the set to make the set safe.

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“First of all I can’t imagine that I’d ever do a movie that had a gun in it again,” he said. “The actor’s responsibility is to do what the prop armorer tells them to do.”

Clooney said on the podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron”:

“I’ve been on sets for 40 years and the person that hands you the gun, the person that is responsible for the gun is either the prop or the armorer, period.

“Now every single time I’m handed a gun on the set, every time they hand me a gun I look at it, I open it. I show it to the person I’m pointing it to, I show it to the crew.

“Every single take you had to back to the armorer when you’re done.

“You do it again and part of it is because of what happened to Brandon Lee, everyone does it. Everybody knows and maybe Alec did that, hopefully he did do that.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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