Is Alec Baldwin hiding from paparazzi? The actor, who fired the prop gun that ended cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ life on the set of Rust, appeared upset in photos obtained by TMZ, as he was out and about in New England, avoiding photographers and the spotlight.
Out with his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and their children, the family grabbed pizza takeout Sunday in Manchester Center in Vermont. Though with family, Alec Baldwin seemed very down according to TMZ, with the tragedy still weighing on him.
The actor was reportedly reached for comment, but a spokesperson respected the family’s wish to be out of the spotlight at this time.
“Alec is with his wife Hilaria, and their children, in the Hamptons,” a source close to the family told Radar. “He is inconsolable and still trying to make sense of what has happened. He needs to be away from the world at the moment.”
“To say he is devastated is an understatement,” the source continued. “Alec will never get over this.”
As authorities investigate what happened and who is responsible, production for Rust has ceased indefinitely.
According to the source who spoke with Radar, “The movie is over” and “it will never be finished.”
“In fact,” they said, “things are so bad he might never step foot on a movie set ever again.”
Alec Baldwin’s other projects and appearances have also been cancelled and postponed at this time as well.
“This is a time when he can only be around family,” the source explained. “Thank god for Hilaria and the children. If it wasn’t for his family, things would be even worse. Alec has removed himself from the public eye, maybe for good. No one is harder on themselves than he is. Alec will never forgive himself for this. Never.”
At a press conference on Wednesday, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza confirmed that a lead projectile was loaded into the prop gun before it was handed to Alec Baldwin, who was also told that it was “cold,” or ready for use.
“We haven’t ruled out anything,” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told The New York Times, regarding possible arrests. “Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table.”
Authorities revealed that Alec Baldwin is “an active part of this investigation,” since “he is obviously the person that fired the weapon.”
no charges have been filed yet, but a spokesman for Sheriff Mendoza stressed that the authorities wanted “to be diligent about the investigation so, should there be charges ultimately filed, they are able to uphold those in court.”
Alec Baldwin is fully cooperating with the Rust investigation “to address how this tragedy occurred,” he wrote on social media following the accident.
Last Saturday, he flew to meet with Halyna Hutchins’ husband, to express his sympathies for the accident. He also offered his full support.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Alec Baldwin wrote in an official statement. “I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Hilaria Baldwin, who had been silent on the matter up until this past Monday, offered some words to express her grief. “My heart is with Halyna. Her husband. Her son. Their family and loves ones. Any my Alec,” she wrote. “It’s said, ‘There are no words’ because it’s impossible to express the shock and heartache of such a tragic accident. Heartbreak. Loss. Support.”
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