How could Alec Baldwin imagine wearing a concealed weapon in this job?

Alec Baldwin’s gunshots raise questions on the level of safety on the non-union sets of America’s living rooms Alec Baldwin is not used to getting death threats from Twitter followers, but the combative actor…

Alec Baldwin’s gunshots raise questions on the level of safety on the non-union sets of America’s living rooms

Alec Baldwin is not used to getting death threats from Twitter followers, but the combative actor doesn’t seem to have been particularly shocked by those sent after he was arrested on Sunday.

Baldwin played gun-toting executive John McEnroe in Match Point in 2004.

“@darters07: bc I’m his dad, you shot McEnroe in the leg, why did you do that?” He replied with “What the hell is a gun? I’m 41”.

Baldwin has been a Hollywood presence for more than 30 years, best known for playing tight-fisted Donald Trump on 30 Rock.

In just the last week alone, while shooting Life of the Party in New Jersey with Molly Shannon, he was called over and given a special biscuit by local police (all Maine berry rolls must now be plain) and on Saturday, a golf ball struck him in the leg.

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Having been arrested for firing a gun in the air during his tirade at a photographer, Baldwin posted a video explaining what happened.

We should all imagine in Baldwin’s mind what kind of double standards there are on the set of TV shows and movies.

We are allowed to shoot blanks in a fake gunfight on TV, but somehow the actor was feeling “very unjustly” targeted.

“So I got into an argument with a guy,” Baldwin said, before showing the giggling Shannon, who is dressed in a floor-length dress, how to perfectly park her golf club on the imaginary breeze.

“So I pulled out my phone, which is the equivalent of my .45 – it’s got two magazines. I’m pointing it at him while I’m recording,” he explained.

“Then he shoots the camera, with the two cameras, and I’m able to get out of there with my life.

“It was two cameras, so it didn’t even hit the camera. I’m kinda weirded out by it, honestly. So I pull my phone out, which is a very difficult, dangerous thing to do.

“Then I pull the clip out of the gun. Because of course, it’s fucking loaded! This guy was holding a weapon at me.

“Then I pull the clip out, and I pull the trigger.

“And then the gun goes off, only one bullet, although if you take a second shot you’re going to catch a round.”

Despite the not-quite-professional nature of this example, Baldwin seems unable to grasp that non-union, small-budget film sets are beyond the reach of those of us with cleaner guns in our homes. It is standard practice to load up a squad gun before shooting on any set.

The former E! president Ted Harbert has said he saw no evidence that Baldwin’s firearm was loaded on set and a spokesperson for the crew has confirmed that the location agency with whom they were working had obtained appropriate permits for the shooting.

It appears an in-joke – a bizarre place for someone to get angry at a camera operator.

In every other aspect of life, firearms are legal and commonplace. Every studio package includes a list of required firearms and training.

So no doubt a paying customer will see how humourless Baldwin and his agent are when faced with a surprise like shooting a walkie-talkie.

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