Alec Baldwin has shared an emotional video thanking his friends, family and fans for their support while admitting “not a day goes by” that he doesn’t think about the fatal shooting on the set of a movie.
The Hollywood actor, 63, accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when a prop gun he was holding went off during filming for Western film Rust in New Mexico.
He previously told a reporter on ABC in the US the he cocked the gun that killed the 42-year-old but said he “didn’t pull the trigger”.
The actor recalled that during the rehearsal, the film’s first assistant director, Dave Halls, handed him a revolver and told him “this is a cold gun” – an industry term for a weapon that is either empty or loaded with dummy rounds.
The actor said Hutchins proceeded to instruct him on where and how to hold the weapon, “which ended up being aimed right below her armpit.”
The tragic incident also saw director Joel Souza injured.
In his latest video which he shared on Instagram, Alec took the time to thank those who have sent him messages of support and captioned the video: “Merry Christmas…”
He said in the video clip which was filmed outside: “I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the people who sent me such kind words and best wishes and strength and hope and prayers, thoughts and lots of encouragement.
“I got hundreds, hundreds of emails from friends, family and colleagues and people I haven’t heard from in quite a while to send me strength and good wishes and so forth. I’m really grateful to them.”
Speaking about the Rust tragedy, the actor continued: “I’m looking forward to some aspects of this being behind me, of course. For everyone who is involved in this, it’ll never be behind us because someone died so tragically.”
“I never lose sight of that, not a day goes by I don’t think about that.”
As he continued, he told the camera that the only things that matter to him are his family.
“It’s true, I only care about my wife and my kids and moving forward with my life and trying to get through a tough time, a really tough time,” he said.
“I want to say thank you to all the people who sent me good wishes who sent me support. I’m really grateful for that, I feel very awkward going through this, it’s been very difficult.”
He wished his fans happy holidays for whichever they are celebrating before saying: “I hope that you’re as lucky as I am in one department, that you’re home with your family; I’m home with my family.”
While he said he didn’t have anything original to say, he signed off the message with a joke about the current worldwide pandemic.
“Don’t let Santa Claus down the chimney without a mask,” he quipped.