Poker Run, The Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville actor John Schneider questioned Alec Baldwin’s claim that he didn’t realize he shot Halyna Hutchins while performing a reenactment.
Baldwin claimed he was unaware he was shooting Hutchins in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
After changing his story about whether the gun was cocked, Baldwin tells Stephanopoulos his story about what happened just before he shot Hutchins: “I’m holding on. I’ll just show her. I go, ‘How about that? Does that work? You see that?’ Do you see that? Do you see that?’ She says, “Yeah, that’s good.” I let go of the hammer. Pop. The gun goes off.”
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The actor then went on to comment on the moments immediately after the gun went off: “Everyone is shocked. They are shocked. It’s loud. They don’t have their earplugs in. The gun would be empty. I was told I had an empty gun. If there were cosmetic rounds, nothing at all with a charge. A flash round, nothing.”
“She’s going down. I thought to myself, ‘Did she pass out?’ The idea that there was a bullet in that gun didn’t dawn on me until probably 45 minutes to an hour later,” he claimed.
Baldwin continued, “She’s laying there and I say, ‘Did she get hit with cotton wool? Sometimes those blank circles have a cotton wool inside that wraps up like a cloth in which the gunpowder is wrapped. Sometimes cotton wool comes out and it can hit people and it can feel like a little bit of poking.”
“But no one could understand. Did she have a heart attack? The idea that someone put a live bullet in the gun wasn’t even real,” the actor claimed.
Baldwin claimed he went to Hutchins after shooting her: “”I went to her and then we were immediately told to leave the building. We were forced to leave the building. The medics came in. I mean, I stood over her for 60 seconds. And she just lay there in shock.”
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Schneider questioned this claim in a recent upload to his YouTube channel, where he reenacted Baldwin’s claim about the shooting.
While Schneider reenacts the shooting with some experts, Schneider fires a revolver twice before actually firing.
“I expect this and I understand this,” says Schneider. ‘Here’s the question. Why weren’t you surprised? …If you were holding this gun and you expected a click and you got a blow, why weren’t you surprised?”
He again asks one of the experts, “But if it went off in your hand, wouldn’t you be surprised?” The expert replies, “I’d be surprised if it went off in my hand.”
“Then why would you say on national television that you didn’t know something was wrong for 45 minutes?” Schneider wonders.
“He had to know the gunshot. There’s no way you can shoot a gun and not know it,” replies the expert. “But when he fired the gun, he had to see the immediate reaction of the people being shot. So you had to know right away that you were shooting someone. Once you have shot.”
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Schneider then states, “If you were expecting a click and you were the size of that hole there, I think you would have shit your pants.”
He goes on to claim, “That’s the question for me. Why wasn’t he shocked when that happened. And then why did he say he didn’t know until 45 minutes later that someone had been shot looking at them. I try make sense to me and I can’t.”
Later in the video, Schneider postulates, “The only reason I can think of is that you weren’t surprised is because you expected to get a blast.”
The Smallville actor goes on to theorize that Baldwin may have been trying to pull a prank on the gun.
He explained: “The only reason I wouldn’t have been scared would have been if I knew it was there. The only reason I’d be arrogant about it — because he said, ‘I thought she might be having a heart attack. got or passed out.’
“If my intent was to scare you and I pull the trigger and it went and it didn’t surprise me, then I think there’s a good chance he thought he had scared her and she fainted. I believe that part because they say people were being turned off and people weren’t aware of the horror that was out there,” Schneider theorized.
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Even further into the video, Schneider echoed his skepticism about Baldwin’s claim, saying, “The most natural thing you can do when you get a bang instead of a click is think, ‘Oh my God! What just happened! ?’ no matter how much trouble you have with anger.”
He continued: “In my mind, the only way you can’t react that way. The way Kim Potter, the police officer, reacted when she realized she had shot the man with a gun and not a taster. That brought her to her knees.”
“Bam! Down to the ground. ‘Oh my God! What have I done? I shot him. I did it. I shot him.’ None of that happened. So either you’re the most arrogant, mean asshole in the world, or you were expecting what just happened and didn’t know there was a bullet in it,” Schneider posited.
Schneider defended the movie industry and the fact that they do indeed have actors point guns at each other before a scene.
He stated: “In defense of the film industry, the reason it was aimed where it was aimed was because, like we tried, we had a hard time getting this camera set up for it, so we just put it on the side of the mound and shot next to it today.”
“She was, like cinematographers will, and like me, as a director, we got a shot, right? So to make sure that shot was the shot she wanted, she stood right next to the camera and looked at the monitor that told him where to aim,’
“So that’s how it was done, feeling like she was completely safe, because there should never be a live round on a set. And there should never even be a blank or anything like that during a rehearsal,” he concluded.
What do you think of Schneider’s theory of what happened and his questioning of Baldwin’s story?