A body language expert says Alec Baldwin exhibited “explosive” behavior and was telling the truth when he insisted during his TV interview that he did not pull the trigger in the deadly shooting on the set of his Western flick “Rust.”
“When he says the trigger wasn’t pulled, it’s explosive, meaning that he’s striking down the phrase ‘the trigger wasn’t pulled,’” expert Patti Wood told The Sun.
“He’s striking down on each word to emphasize it with great strength. There’s no hesitation in that the trigger wasn’t pulled. Instead, it’s punching, which would indicate that he strongly feels that and so it’s likely to be true,” she added.
Wood also suggested that the 63-year-old actor and producer was being truthful during his emotional assertions on ABC News.
“Baldwin’s shoulders and his head go forward [as he speaks]. Occasionally, when somebody is lying they would retreat, the shoulders would come back and their head would come back. Instead, he goes forward,” she told The Sun.
“[Going forward means] they want to be believed by the other person. [They’re saying] ‘you’ve got to listen to me,’ ‘you’ve got to believe,’ ‘I didn’t do this. I’m telling you the truth,’” Wood said.
“He also maintains eye contact throughout most of what he’s saying, which would again indicate that he’s being truthful,” she said.
Wood added that the tears Baldwin shed as he spoke with host George Stephanopoulos about cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed in the shooting, were real.
“We see the sadness come up through his face. He brings his lip that’s trying to hold the tears, sadness and then we see him put his hand over his mouth to cover up,” she told the outlet.
“The sequences of movements are appropriate and indicate that he really is crying and feeling those emotions,” Wood added.
But the expert also said she was unable to determine whether Baldwin was withholding information when he claimed he doesn’t know how the live bullet made it onto the “Rust” set — or whether he genuinely has no idea.
“He doesn’t strike down and hit the word, ‘no.’ His voice goes more into a whisper. It could be because he has no idea and it seems mysterious to him and it puzzles him. So he has all this hesitation, meaning he has no idea,” Wood said.
“So the voice goes back in the throat. He didn’t know. Or it could be because he does know that he’s withholding something. It could mean either of those two interpretations,” she added.
Wood said Baldwin also exhibited a “strong emotional state” when Stephanopoulos asked him whether the tragic shooting, which also wounded director Joel Souza, was the worst thing that ever happened to him.
Citing how the “30 Rock” star was clutching his legs with his hands, she said:
“He’s trying to hold himself in place and stay there in the interview and stay grounded in the interview.
“It shows here’s an actor and he’s still having to do this grounding of holding himself in place, holding himself there,” Wood continued. “That’s not an indication of guilt, nor is it an indication of innocence. It’s an indication of the strong emotional state that he’s having.”
In his interview, Baldwin insisted that he was not to blame for the shooting.
“There’s only one question that needs to be resolved, just one: where did the live round come from?” he said.
“Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A live bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property,” Baldwin added. “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.”