The Hollywood star, 60, added he has never heard the term 'cold gun' used to describe a firearm that is safe to use on set, after the phrase was supposedly used by the film's assistant director before handing the revolver to Baldwin.
Clooney said the fatal shooting, which also wounded director Joel Souza, was a 'terrible accident' but claimed AD David Halls should never have been near the prop gun and was in disbelief that it occurred after rigorous safety measures implemented following the on-set deaths of Brandon Lee and Jon-Erik Hexum.
George Clooney has said it was 'insane' and 'infuriating' that live bullets were on the set of Alec Baldwin's film Rust (pictured on set hours before the fatal shooting)
The Hollywood star (pictured last month), 60, added he has never heard the term 'cold gun' used to describe a firearm that is safe to use on set
Speaking to the WTF podcast with Marc Maron, Clooney said: 'I don't know Alec that well. I've been watching the news and I have to say, they've got the bad guy, which is going to be the first AD.
'He may be a d**k, I don't know the guy at all, but I've been on sets for 40 years and the person that hands you the gun, the person that is responsible for the gun is either the prop person or the armourer. Period.
'Every single time I'm handed a gun on set, I look at it, I open it, I show it to the person I'm pointing it to, we show it to the crew, every single take you hand it back to the armourer when you're done, and you do it again.
'Part of it is because of what happened to Brandon. Everyone does it. Everyone knows.
'Maybe Alec did that, I hope he did, but the problem is, dummies are tricky. Because they look like real bullets. They've got a tiny hole at the back where someone has taken the gunpowder out.'
Since the fatal shooting in New Mexico, concerns have been raised about the safety on set amid allegations of inexperienced armourers using the