Alec Baldwin Celebrates His Last Day Of Filming “Rust” And Was Cast In A Movie About The 1970 Kent State Shooting
When it came to his film Rust, Alec Baldwin decided absolutely nothing was gonna get in the way of making this movie- not an on-set death, lawsuits, or even getting charged with manslaughter! [in Hilaria Baldwin’s fake accent] NADA! Now, a month after resuming production (and also a month after all charges against him were dropped), Alec made a celebratory announcement sharing that he just wrapped up his final day on set. So that means Rust is soon coming to a theater near YOU… or straight to Tubi where it’ll get beat by the latest Birdemic sequel.
Production on Rust picked up last month in Montana after filming completely stopped in October 2021 when cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Halyna’s widower, Matthew Hutchins, gave his blessing for production on Rust to resume, and actually, is a producer on the movie now. That producer title came with Matthew’s settlement with Alec and the other producers of Rust after he sued them. Alec took to Instagram to spill the news after finishing with Rust. Variety reports:
Filming restarted last month on “Rust,” a year and a half after Hutchins was killed when a prop gun held by Baldwin discharged.
“God it felt good to shave off that beard,” Baldwin wrote on Instagram accompanied by a photo of his clean-shaven face. The actor, who also produces and co-wrote the story of “Rust” with director Joel Souza, also reposted an Instagram story that pictures him embracing his young co-star Patrick Scott McDermott, who wrote in the caption with a heart emoji, “Alec’s last day. I’ll miss you.”
Alec’s feelin’ himself:
And Alec gave a shout out to his co-star Patrick Scott McDermott:
Producers are basically peddling Rust off the street looking for buyers since Halyna’s death and the movie’s ongoing legal mess is like a warning label under the price tag. Since no one wants to step near the movie with a 10-foot pole, one of its producers, Ryan Donnell Smith, admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that “this is an unprecedented film in regards to the circumstances. We’re trying to keep realistic expectations but shepherd this in the best way we can.”
While producers are still dealing with getting Rust sold, Alec already gearing up for his next movie project. Someone thought it was a good idea to cast him in a movie about the 1970 Kent State shooting. via THR:
The film is set to bring to life the violent and tragic events of May 4, 1970, when four students were shot and killed by the National Guard during a campus protest against the Vietnam War. Baldwin will play Kent State president Robert I. White.
The film is being sold in Cannes by Strive Global Media.
Currently in pre-production, Kent State marks the feature directorial debut of Karen Slade, who also wrote the screenplay. Produced by Kristen Moser of Autumn Moor Productions, the executive producers on the movie include Tom Ortenberg, Kevin Beer, Ivan Williams, and Michael Walsh.
Entertainment Tonight claims that even though this movie is about a shooting, there won’t be any “actual guns” used on set. Still, I’m guessing that Alec is going to play every role and take on every crew job because no actor or crew member in Hollywood is going to want to go near a movie about a shooting starring Alec Baldwin.