Alec Baldwin has resurfaced in a quaint town in Vermont just days after the on-set “Rust” shooting, leaving local business owners in shock.
Chris Stannard, the owner of The Italian Market, told Fox News in an interview on Thursday that Baldwin, 63, was, in fact, on foot Monday, picking up a food order nearby.
“Monday afternoon he was there,” Stannard confirmed to us. “I was taking out my trash outside and my acquaintance that works there said, ‘You won’t believe who was just in here!’ He told me and my jaw dropped.”
TMZ first shared a photo of the family getting takeout near the restaurant.
Stannard said he has not “physically” seen Baldwin or his wife, Hilaria, and their children, although photos surfaced early Thursday of them standing outside the pizza shop.
“I know those poor folks over there at the pizza place are getting more bombarded than I am,” Stannard added.
The business owner added that it’s a “little crazy” that Baldwin ended up in the small, family-friendly vacation town to hunker down in the aftermath of the shooting, given that it’s not exactly a spot too many high-profile figures pass through often.
“There’s a couple [celebrities] who have come through town before but this is pretty newsworthy for our little town,” Stannard said.
It’s unclear if Baldwin was chatty with the pizza shop owners when picking up his food on Monday. However, he was “dressed in black and by himself” when retrieving his order, Stannard learned.
The market owner added that the town is known as a vacation destination, with ski mountains nearby. It’s also a great area for hiking, he said.
“It is beautiful, quaint quintessential New England,” he added.
Meanwhile, Baldwin’s role as a producer in the Western “Rust” has become a subject of growing scrutiny.
On Oct. 21, the star pulled the trigger on a prop gun while filming in New Mexico and unwittingly killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured Joel Souza. While it’s likely Baldwin the actor won’t be held criminally or civilly liable for the tragedy, Baldwin the producer might be, along with several others in leadership positions.
Carew Papritz, a former Hollywood filmmaker and an award-winning author, told Fox News “it depends on your key players” when it comes to the 63-year-old’s involvement in the hiring process for the movie.
“I would guess that the production designer, maybe your camera operators, some of your line people, you’ll secure,” Papritz explained. “You’ll probably secure your production manager. And if they’ve been in the industry long enough, they’ll bring in their crews. So when you hire your key people, that’s important. So my guess is he would be responsible
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