Alec Baldwin has officially returned to the “Rust” film set.
The actor was pictured holding a gun backwards as filming resumed for the Western movie in Montana on Friday – just one day after the involuntary manslaughter charges relating to the fatal death of Halyna Hutchins were dropped against him.
A scruffy Baldwin, 65, sported a brown coat, gray shirt, pants and cowboy boots as he held a rifle by its barrel. His costume also included a cowboy hat and a scarf around his neck.
It wasn’t clear whether the “Departed” star was filming a scene – or just holding the weapon in that manner as a precaution – in the exact moment of when the pics were snapped.
Baldwin returned to the “Rust” film set last week.via REUTERS
It comes 18 months after Halyna Hutchins was killed on set.HalynaHutchins/Instagram
Production relocated from New Mexico to Montanavia REUTERS.
“Rust” filming relocated to the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana’s Paradise Valley from New Mexico, where Hutchins, the film’s former cinematographer, tragically died on Oct. 21, 2021.
Production initially halted after the actor’s prop pistol fired a real bullet, killing the 42-year-old and injuring director Joel Souza.
Souza, 49, is believed to be among the few original crew members to remain with the production.
Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed has not been cleared of charges.
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The Santa Fe County District Attorney’s office announced last Thursday that it was dropping charges against Baldwin “without prejudice.”
The “Saturday Night Live” alum vehemently denied ever pulling the gun’s trigger and pleaded not guilty in February.
However, charges that were brought against Hannah Gutierrez-Reed — Baldwin’s co-defendant and the on-set armorer at the time of the shooting — have yet to be cleared.
Baldwin’s charges have been dropped, despite his pistol firing the real bullet that killed Hutchins.
As a result, the Oscar nominee’s involvement in Hutchins’ death could still be reinvestigated.
“We are pleased with the decision to dismiss the case against Alec Baldwin, and we encourage a proper investigation into the facts and circumstances of this tragic accident,” his lawyers Nikas and Alex Spiro said in a statement to The Post last week.
Baldwin was originally facing up to five years in prison, which was later reduced to 18 months.