Rust shooting: New videos show Alec Baldwin with prop gun days before fatal shooting on set

By | November 16, 2023


A series of exclusive videos obtained by NBC News Actor Alec Baldwin handles at least one prop gun while filming the movie “Rust,” days before a fatal shooting on set.

In the videos, which appear to be raw footage from the western, Baldwin is seen firing a gun as he exits a cabin and walks through a mountainous area surrounded by brush.

In one of the clips, Baldwin is shown interacting with the film crew, discussing his character’s movements, how the scene will be shot, and how he will act through it.

In another scene, Baldwin is on his back, with a rifle next to him, talking to the camera crew.

“Now wait a second, if I want to film properly, do you want to move to the other side of the camera? I don’t want to shoot you,” the actor says.

The never-before-seen footage is the first look at Baldwin working with a prop gun on the New Mexico set and was filmed in the days leading up to the October 2021 shooting that killed the cinematographer. Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza when a gun held by Baldwin fired live ammunition while rehearsing a scene.

Involuntary manslaughter charges against Baldwin were dismissed in April, but a New Mexico grand jury is expected to decide soon whether the charges should be refiled. CNN reported.

The new videos are among dozens requested from Rust Movie Productions LLC by special prosecutors in the spring, NBC reported.

The footage could be presented to the grand jury as evidence in the case.

Part of the Santa Fe County police investigation focuses on how a real cartridge he may have arrived on the set.

Baldwin’s lawyers, as well as special prosecutors, made no comment to NBC.

CNN reached out to Baldwin’s lawyers and prosecutors for comment but did not receive a response.

Baldwin denied pulling the trigger about the gun in a previous interview with CNN. His lawyers told CNN in October that they would pursue the matter in court.

“It is unfortunate that a terrible tragedy has given rise to these misguided prosecutions,” Baldwin’s attorneys, Luke Nikas and Alex Spiro, told CNN in a statement.

“We will answer all charges in court.”

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