Alec Baldwin has hired a scion of the Kennedy family to document every move he makes as he starts to reshoot his troubled Western movie Rust, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Rory Kennedy, 54, is the youngest child of RFK and his wife Ethel – she was born after Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 – and was nominated for an Oscar for her 2014 war epic Last Days in Vietnam which is billed as telling ‘the untold stories of the Americans and Vietnamese on the ground’.
DailyMail.com can now disclose that the blonde mom-of-three is currently in Montana, where she has been repeatedly pictured with Baldwin – including at Bozeman airport where the pair were seen getting off a United flight from Denver together.
On Wednesday morning, she was also seen directing her all-female crew outside Baldwin’s New York brownstone as her crew filmed him hugging wife Hilaria, 39, and their seven children goodbye ahead of his trip to Montana.
Baldwin, 65, will now be in Livingston, Montana, until May 22 to complete his movie Rust after production was shut down in October 2021 following the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, during a scene.
Alec Baldwin has hired Rory Kennedy to film a reality documentary about his troubled Western movie Rust, DailyMail.com can reveal. They were pictured arriving at a Montana airport
Rory Kennedy is a long-time associate of the Baldwin family. Kennedy is pictured with Alec and Hilaria in October 2022
Alec Baldwin is pictured leaving his apartment in Montana to head to set to continue filming the ill-fated Rust
Rory and her camera crew were seen outside Baldwin’s Manhattan apartment Wednesday morning grabbing footage of him and wife Hilaria
The new set is on the Yellowstone Film Ranch which boasts a purpose-built Western-style backlot and views of Paradise Valley and the Crazy and Abzaroka mountain ranges.
Despite blizzard conditions in the area, photos taken by DailyMail.com show shooting is ready to start – with a herd of horses seen tacked up and ready for their close-up near the set on Thursday morning.
On Friday morning, the actor was pictured leaving the $285,000 apartment he has hired for the duration of the shoot before being driven to the set.
Baldwin, who slid over in the snow before climbing into a white Toyota 4Runner SUV, was dressed entirely in black and carried a briefcase containing a sheaf of papers.
Kennedy, who was repeatedly seen visiting the apartment on Thursday, was nowhere to be seen.
However, the blonde director was inside when news broke that two charges of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin related to the death of Hutchins had been dropped.
Baldwin, who had been due to face a preliminary hearing in the case next month, celebrated by posting a photo of himself with wife Hilaria to Instagram.
In response, she posted a second photo that showed her cradled in his arms while sitting on his lap.
Rory is currently in Livingston, Montana, where she has been repeatedly pictured with Baldwin
Kennedy was seen visiting Baldwins apartment on Thursday in Montana
On Friday morning, the actor was pictured leaving the $285,000 apartment he has hired for the duration of the shoot before being driven to the set
Baldwin was dressed entirely in black and carried a briefcase containing a sheaf of papers.
Baldwin slid over in the snow before climbing into a white Toyota 4Runner SUV to head to set
Hilaria was spotted in New York on Friday returning to her apartment after leaving a yoga session
Kennedy is a long-time associate of the Baldwin family and has enjoyed an illustrious career producing documentaries on a range of topics, including AIDS, rural poverty and border issues.
Like the famously left-wing Baldwin, she has been outspoken in her support for Democratic politics – endorsing Barack Obama for president in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Billy Baldwin posted an enraged Tweet on Thursday morning that referred to RFK Jr as being less than ‘half a man’ and included a photo of Kennedy’s second wife Mary who tragically committed suicide in 2012
She has not, however, commented on her conspiracy theorist older brother Robert’s bid for the 2024 Democrat nomination which he formally announced to little fanfare earlier this week.
The only member of an American political dynasty to comment so far is Alec’s brother Billy Baldwin who posted an enraged Tweet on Thursday morning that referred to him as being less than ‘half a man’ and included a photo of Kennedy’s second wife Mary who tragically committed suicide in 2012.
He wrote: ‘This is Mary Richardson Kennedy. Robert Kennedy’s 2nd wife and mother to four of his six children. She was an incredible woman.
‘A wonderful mother, wife and activist. Sadly she is no longer with us. She cried on my shoulder about Bobby numerous times at their former home on Bedford Road, my former home on Chestnut Ridge Road, at the Canaan Ridge School and the Saw Mill Club,’ he wrote, referring to venues around the Kennedy’s former home in Mount Kisco, New York.
‘If Bobby were half a man she would still be alive today. It will all come out. His campaign will be over in weeks. If these walls could talk.’
While Kennedy was close to her older brother Michael – who was also her godfather and who died in a skiing accident in 1997 – she is not known to be particularly tight with Robert and lives on the other side of the country: at a home in Malibu, California, which she shares with her film writer husband Mark Bailey, their daughters Georgia and Bridget, and son Zachary.
Famously, the couple’s July 1999 wedding had to be rescheduled after a plane piloted by her cousin John F Kennedy Jr and his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy crashed into the sea en route to the nuptials in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts – killing both of them and Carolyn’s sister Lauren Bessette.
Rory and Mark eventually married two weeks later at a mansion belonging to billionaire Greek tycoon Vardis Vardinogiannis in the picturesque town of Ekali, just outside Athens.
Rory’s brother Robert F. Kennedy Jr is officially challenging President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination
In 2012, RFK Jr’s second wife Mary Richardson hanged herself in the garage of the Kennedy home in Mount Kisco, New York
Rory Kennedy, 54, is the youngest child of RFK and his wife Ethel. She was born after Kennedy’s assassination in 1968
Livingston, a small city of 8,000 people on the edge of Yellowstone National Park, is a very different prospect to the Greek capital with its old West buildings and dramatic views of the Yellowstone River. It hit the headlines in 2018 when Superman actress Margot Kidder, who lived in the town, was ruled to have committed suicide by overdosing on drugs and alcohol.
Rory has been outspoken in her support for Democratic politics – endorsing Barack Obama for president in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016
A former railroad town, it replaced an older city called Clark City when the North Pacific Railroad was built through the area and now depends on farming and tourism for a living.
Thanks to the post-pandemic demand for country living, the city is expanding – with both Kennedy and Baldwin setting up home for the shoot at a newbuild apartment complex to the south of downtown called The Flats at Yellowstone Bend.
Property listings show that condos in the complex boast top-of-the-range fittings such as quartz worktops, stainless steel appliances and brushed nickel fittings.
An AirBNB listing for an apartment in the same building as Baldwin charges would-be visitors $222 a night – leaving the actor with a $7,548 tab should he stay there for the entire 35-day shoot.
Unlike the shoot in New Mexico, the remainder of Rust will be filmed without any firearms on set whatsoever after Hutchins was killed by a live bullet fired from a prop gun during filming.
The resurrected production will be directed by Joel Souza, who was injured in the October 2021 accident, and produced by Hutchins’ husband Matthew.
Armorer Hannah Gutteriez-Reed, who was charged alongside Baldwin, will play no further part in Rust and still faces manslaughter charges over her role in the mom-of-one’s death.
Baldwin, 65, will now be in Livingston until May 22 to complete his movie Rust after production was shut down in October 2021 following the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, during a scene
Unlike the shoot in New Mexico, the remainder of Rust will be filmed on the Livingston Ranch without any firearms on set
Speaking to DailyMail.com, LA personal injury lawyer Miguel Custodio said even though Baldwin’s charges have been dropped for now, he could still face legal jeopardy over Hutchins’ death.
Custodio, of law firm Custodio and Dubey LLP, said: ‘He’s very fortunate — it’s definitely a great day for Alec Baldwin, although I don’t think it’s over yet.
‘Dropping the case doesn’t mean they can’t refile in the future. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is still charged and it’s possible they want to wait to see what they can learn from that case, analyze it and decide whether to go forward against Baldwin.
‘This news coming just before the preliminary hearing, where they had to justify the viability of the manslaughter case, indicates it wasn’t as strong as they thought.’
Custodio said the prosecution have ‘bungled’ the case but noted Baldwin could still find himself in hot water due to an FBI investigation that found he had to have pulled the trigger.
He added: ‘The prosecution has been bungling this case since the inception. Remember there was the special prosecutor who had a political conflict and had to resign and that they charged him with violating a law that wasn’t even on the books when the shooting happened.
‘But Baldwin still isn’t in the clear, considering he still insists he never pulled the trigger even though an FBI forensic analysis shows that’s the only way the gun could be fired.’