Alec Baldwin holds gun — backward — on new ‘Rust’ set
May 4, 2023
Alec Baldwin was seen holding a gun — backward — on the new “Rust” set Friday, one day after involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped against him in connection to the fatal on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in 2021.
The 65-year-old gray-bearded actor was dressed in a gray shirt and pants and a brown overcoat and boots when he was captured holding a rifle by its barrel in his right hand on the movie’s new Montana set.
It is not clear if Baldwin is holding the weapon that way as a safety precaution or if it’s part of a scene.
“Rust” filming relocated to the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana’s Paradise Valley from New Mexico, where the shooting occurred on Oct. 21, 2021.
Exclusive photos obtained by The Post showed Baldwin, who plays gunslinger Harland Rust, in costume on the new set for the first time, with cuffs that appeared to be blood-stained.
Filming on “Rust” halted in 2021 after Baldwin’s prop pistol fired a real bullet, killing 42-year-old Hutchins and striking and injuring director Joel Souza.
The 49-year-old filmmaker is reportedly one of the few original crew members to remain with the production.
Criminal charges against Baldwin from the district attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico, were dropped Thursday, though prosecutors later said they may refile pending an additional investigation.
Baldwin had long maintained he did not pull the trigger and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the rookie armorer on the original “Rust” set, still faces involuntary manslaughter charges over the fatal shooting. She is not involved in the newly resumed production.
David Halls, an assistant director, received six months probation for failing to check for live bullets in Baldwin’s prop gun prior to the shooting.
He had pleaded no contest to a charge of petty misdemeanor negligent use of a deadly weapon and was ordered to take a firearms safety course, complete 24 hours of community service and pay a $500 fine.