Rust, the Alec Baldwin-starring Western whose production is infamous for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, recently wrapped production, leaving many movie fans shocked as they largely had no idea the film was still happening following the tragic 2021 incident.
In October of 2021, the 42-year-old Hutchins was killed after a live round was discharged from a gun that was being wielded by Baldwin.
A year later, however, the Hutchins family settled their lawsuit with the production — in fact, Hutchins’ widow is now a producer on the project — which cleared the way for filming to resume earlier this year.
Baldwin then returned to the set of the film, which was moved from New Mexico to Montana, and wrapped his scenes earlier this week, as evidenced by a recent Instagram post of his.
“God, it felt good to shave off that beard…” Baldwin captioned the Instagram selfie.
In January of this year, Baldwin was charged with 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the incident. However, in late April, those charges against him were dropped, with prosecutors saying that “new facts were revealed that demand further investigation and forensic analysis which cannot be completed”
Given the death of Hutchins, however, the pop culture world can’t seem to believe that the production still was completed and that Baldwin will be starring in the movie, which is reportedly being shopped at Cannes Film Festival.
he straight up killed a person and still didn't go to jail and instead completed the movie https://t.co/LePmIyEvEP
— sadgirl shivcore (@SH0P_GlRL) May 17, 2023
“God it felt good to shave off that beard…”
My brother in Christ you killed a woman https://t.co/ELPogeoIeG
— 🌲Conifer Eugenicist🌲 (@The530Bro) May 17, 2023
ok mr 30 glock https://t.co/EKiF86elLq
— slippin’ bailey (@Baileymoon15) May 17, 2023
Despite the fact that the criminal justice system hasn’t found Baldwin guilty of anything, people still can’t believe the tone-deafness of him complaining about the beard he had to wear for a movie that someone lost their life making.
can’t believe they still filmed it kinda like woah https://t.co/dsebgQKhoL
— sk (@kirkxxs) May 17, 2023
Well, that's the main thing innit, Alec? https://t.co/SsOpet87xR
— David Lemon (@DavidLemon777) May 17, 2023
He really doesn't care does he https://t.co/ByL7NwHXjj
— Sage 🇧🇫 (@sageadvicejc) May 17, 2023
According to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, “Goodfellas — formerly Wild Bunch International — is selling the project, taking over from Highland Film Group who originally launched it in the virtual Marché in 2000.”
Given the film’s lack of distributor, though, it’s currently unclear when and how Rust will be released.