Alec Baldwin has expressed his gratitude to the people of Montana for their support as he resumed filming “Rust” last week. The actor, 65, shared a snap of himself from his latest film “Supercell” on Instagram, captioning it with a message of appreciation. This comes shortly after the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against him “without prejudice.”
The “30 Rock” star was pictured holding a gun backwards after production for the indie-Western resumed near the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana. Photos of the gray-bearded actor on set showed him dressed as rugged gunslinger Harland Rust, wearing high leather boots, gray pants and shirt with a button-up black vest and a bandana around his neck. His cuffs appeared to be blood-stained.
The film was initially halted after the on-set shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, in New Mexico on Oct. 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s prop gun discharged a live round and struck her in the chest. The film’s director Joel Souza was also wounded. Baldwin denied any responsibility for Hutchins’ death and argued that he didn’t even pull the prop gun’s trigger. He settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Hutchins’ family last year before filing a negligence suit against four crew members. His complaint alleged that several crew members failed to maintain safety on set by handing him the loaded gun.
Despite the dismissal of criminal charges against him, Hutchins’ family confirmed they will continue their civil lawsuit against the actor, saying he could not “escape from the fact that he had a major role in a tragedy.” Baldwin has expressed his gratitude to the people of Montana for their support during this difficult time.