Alec Baldwin Continues to Star in ‘Rust’ Despite His Indictment

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Alec Baldwin will remain the star of the film “Rest” as production resumes, the film’s attorney has confirmed.

The 64-year-old actor is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of Halyna Hutchins, despite previously insisting he didn’t pull the trigger.

Hutchins’ widower Matt, who shared his 10-year-old son Andros with the late cinematographer, will remain on as the film’s executive producer — a role he took on as part of the wrongful death lawsuit settled in October for an undisclosed amount. .

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“Rest” will also see director Joel Souza return, despite being injured in the shooting.

“The film is still on track to be completed,” Rust Movie Productions attorney Melina Spadone said in a statement.

Hutchins was killed on set outside Sante Fe, New Mexico on October 21, 2021, after Baldwin’s wad pistol fired a live bullet, hitting her in the chest. She was 42.

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Halyna Hutchins was killed after a prop pistol held by Baldwin was fired on October 21, 2021.
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The actor’s lawyer has since called the charge against the ’30 Rock’ actor “a terrible miscarriage of justice.”

On Jan. 19, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said she plans to indict both Baldwin and the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, on two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Gutierrez-Reed, who supervised the guns on set, has repeatedly denied responsibility for the shooting. She was once described as “a little careless with the guns”.


Baldwin is questioned by police after Hutchins's death on the set of "Rust."
Baldwin is questioned by the police after Hutchins’ death on the set of ‘Rust’.
Sheriff/MEGA of Santa Fe County

Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will both face “alternative” charges, meaning the jury will decide on which of the two charges – involuntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter in committing a lawful act – they are or are not guilty.

The first charge carries a maximum sentence of 18 months, but because the second charge contains a firearms enhancement, both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed would face mandatory five years in prison if convicted.


This aerial photo shows the film set of  "Rust" at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
This aerial photo shows the “Rust” movie set at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Oct. 23, 2021.
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In January 2022, Gutierrez-Reed filed suit against the prop company that supplied the rounds, alleging that it mixed up blanks and lives.

In November, Baldwin filed lawsuits against several of the film’s crew members. Lawyers for both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed have protested their clients’ innocence and vowed to fight the involuntary manslaughter charges.

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