On the morning of Oct. 21, Alec Baldwin had an epiphany.
Sitting in a church pew on the set of “Rust,” a low-budget Western film, the star actor observed the hustle-and-bustle around him with a renewed sense of appreciation. A project he loved was finally coming to life – the magic of the cinema felt within reach.
“I sat on that bench, and I said, ‘This movie has made me love making movies again,’” Baldwin told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in his first exclusive interview.
“I really thought we were onto something,” he continued. “And then this gun goes off.”
Hours after his moment of reflection, Baldwin was holding an antique Colt .45 revolver during a marking rehearsal for the film, when the prop gun discharged a live bullet, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.