Alec Baldwin leaves Montana after Rust’s last day of filming – after all charges were dropped against him in the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins
Alec Baldwin was pictured leaving Montana after finishing filming his movie Western Rust.
The actor, 65, was spotted packing his things and pushing his luggage into an apartment building while in Bozeman on Monday.
It comes three weeks after all charges against him were dropped for accidentally shooting and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.
He wore a sporty black jacket over a polo shirt, along with shiny leather pants and shoes.
The 30 Rock actor stood outside in the parking lot, where he appeared to be loading his things into a car with the help of a friend.
Back home: Alec Baldwin was pictured leaving Montana after wrapping his film Western Rust on Tuesday
He seemed in good spirits as he chatted with friends, no doubt eager to reunite with his family.
On Monday, Baldwin shared a photo taken with Rust co-star Patrick Scott McDermott, writing, “Last day on set of RUST with this guy. Very talented actor and lovely young man with a bright future ahead of him .My love to you, @patrickscottmcdermott.’
McDermott returned the love, commenting “I love you Alec” before posting a photo of the two kissing on set with the caption: “Alec’s last day [heart emoji] I’ll miss you.’
Alec also shared a photo of his freshly shaven complexion after ditching his beard: “God, it feels good to shave that beard,” he captioned the photo.
Production came to an abrupt halt in October 2021 when Baldwin fired a live bullet from a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in New Mexico.
The Beetlejuice star was charged in January with two counts of manslaughter in connection with the death of Hutchins and the wounding of “Rust” director Joel Souza, who was hit by the same bullet that passed through Hutchins.
The case against Baldwin quickly unraveled. A weapons charge that would have meant a much longer sentence was dismissed and the first special prosecutor named in the case resigned.
This despite a damning FBI report that concluded Baldwin pulled the trigger on the gun that killed Hutchins – despite repeatedly saying he didn’t.
Leaving: The 30 Rock actor stood outside in the parking lot, where he appeared to be loading his things into a car with the help of a friend
Casual: He wore a sporty black jacket over a polo shirt, along with leather pants and shoes
The report could still lead to criminal charges against the actor and others involved in the accidental shooting, with Santa Fe cops still investigating Hutchins’ death.
Baldwin was accused of showing a “reckless” disregard for safety in Hutchins’ death. He pleaded not guilty in February after prosecutors reduced the severity of the charges, reducing the potential prison sentence.
In interviews, he said he was told the gun was safe and he never pulled the trigger.
After a scathing safety review by New Mexico regulators that detailed complaints ignored and misfired before Hutchins died in October 2021, the production company agreed to pay a $100,000 fine.
Controversy: It comes three weeks after all charges against him were dropped in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust
Devastating: Production on Rust came to an abrupt halt in October 2021 when Baldwin fired a live bullet from a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in New Mexico
Baldwin’s co-defendant and Rust gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, still faces the charges against her.
After the charges against him were dropped, Baldwin took to Instagram to thank his wife Hilaria for helping him through the controversy, as she posted a bizarre photo of herself curled up on her knees.
Set in 1880s Kansas, the western would have seen Baldwin play an aging outlaw named Harland Rust who saves his 13-year-old grandson from the executioner’s noose after the young boy is sentenced to death for a accidental murder.
The independent film was produced on a shoestring budget of $6-7 million and was described as a “passion project” for Baldwin.