On December 2, 2021, Alec Baldwin spoke to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to address the “Rust” incident, explain from his perspective what went on that day, and clear the air about the minutiae of the situation. In doing so, he also touched on his personal feelings in the aftermath, revealing that “I go through my day, and I make it through the day. Then I collapse at the end of the day. Emotionally, I collapse.” Baldwin also notes that he has had constant dreams about the day the shooting occurred.
Branching off of that, Baldwin addressed his status as an actor and how he plans to move forward in Hollywood. He claims that what happened on the “Rust” set could very well contribute to the end of his acting tenure, though he doesn’t plan for it to dictate his departure. He refuses to be blacklisted because of the incident, and if he chooses to leave the entertainment world behind, he’ll do so on his own terms. “I couldn’t give a s*** about my career anymore,” he said, adding he couldn’t possibly work on a film that uses guns ever again.
Time will tell if the “Rust” incident will ultimately put Alec Baldwin’s lengthy career to bed, but if it doesn’t, surely his experience working on film sets from here on out will never be the same.