Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider has slammed Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin over his recent ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos to tell his side of the fatal “Rust” movie set shooting.
Schneider called BS on Baldwin’s spin, saying the interview was “all designed to make us feel sorry for Alec Baldwin.”
Baldwin’s tears during the interview were “bulls–t,” he added.
Schneider questioned Baldwin’s story asking if people are supposed to “believe that a gun went off by itself.”
“This is a wonderful business we all work in. We are honored and privileged to be part of it,” Schneider said.
“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.”
“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.”
He continued: “What kind of idiots do you take us for? Guns do not go off by themselves.
“Let us not forget this was a single-action – it was not a Colt, it was a replica – a single-action weapon needs to be cocked and fired. So what kind of idiots do you take us for?
“There is just no world in which guns go off by themselves. Hutchins is still deceased. And their family is not getting an apology, they’re not getting any – in my opinion – they’re not getting any justice, they’re not getting any answers.
“What is the bully going to say? ‘I didn’t push her! I didn’t push her.’ First, they’re 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 are supposed to check the weapon, you fellow – but then you have the audacity to say, ‘I didn’t pull the trigger.’”
“Why in the world anyone would look at an interview with George as being anything enlightening or having a modicum of truth, I don’t know,” Schneider said.
“But that’s just me.”
Schneider added that he is “incredibly embarrassed for” Stephanopoulos “because, my God, why are you perpetuating this BS?”
During a marking rehearsal for a complicated shooting scene, Baldwin said Hutchins was directing him on what angle to position the gun to capture the best shot. Hutchins was directing his every move, he said, “Everything is at her direction.”
“She’s guiding me through how she wants me to hold the gun for this angle,” Baldwin said. “I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it, which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”
“So, I take the gun and I start to cock the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger,” he continued. “And I cock the gun, I go, ‘Can you see that? Can you see that? Can you see that?’ And then I let go of the hammer of the gun, and the gun goes off. I let go of the hammer of the gun – the gun goes off.”
“So you never pulled the trigger?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“No, no, no, no, no,” Baldwin said. “I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never. Never. That was the training that I had.”
.@GStephanopoulos: "Do you feel guilt?"
Alec Baldwin: “No. Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”
— ABC News (@ABC) December 3, 2021