Alec Baldwin was spotted holding a pistol — backward — on the new "Rust" set on Friday, one day after charges of involuntary manslaughter were dropped against him in connection with the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The 65-year-old gray-bearded actor was photographed holding a rifle by its barrel while wearing a gray shirt, gray pants, a brown overcoat, and brown boots on the film's new Montana set.
It is unclear whether Baldwin is wielding the weapon this way for safety or as part of a scene.
The filming of "Rust" was relocated from New Mexico to the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana's Paradise Valley on October 21, 2021.
Baldwin, who portrays gunslinger Harland Rust, was photographed for the first time in costume on the new set, with what appeared to be blood-stained wrists.
The production of "Rust" was suspended in 2021 after a prop gun discharged a real bullet, killing 42-year-old actor Michael Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
The 49-year-old director remains with the production as one of the few original personnel members.
Thursday, the district attorney in Santa Fe, New Mexico, withdrew criminal charges against Baldwin. However, prosecutors later stated they might refile the charges pending an additional investigation.
Baldwin maintained for a long time that he did not release the trigger and maintained his not-guilty plea.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the inexperienced armorer on the initial "Rust" set, continues to face manslaughter charges for the fatal shooting. She is not involved in the production that has resumed.
David Halls, an associate director, was on probation for six months for failing to check for live ammunition in Baldwin's prop gun before filming.
He was required to take a firearms safety course, perform 24 hours of community service, and pay a $500 fine after pleading no contest to a charge of simple misdemeanor negligent use of a hazardous weapon.