Actor Alec Baldwin is preparing for his next major podcast.
The “30 Rock” actor hasn’t taken on new roles since last October when he was filming the western “Rust,” directed by Joel Souza and starring “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles.
‘Rust’ Makes Headlines After Haylna Hutchins’ Tragic Death
Unfortunately, the film was never finished. Baldwin claims that a gun he was holding discharged without him pulling the trigger. The gun contained a live bullet that struck and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The investigation is still ongoing. Two weeks ago, Alec Baldwin voluntarily turned over his cell phone to authorities and insisted that he was fully cooperating with the investigation. He has also said that he does not believe that he will be criminally charged in the fatal shooting. He has stated numerous times that he does not know how a live bullet ended up in the gun that he was holding.
As the investigation continues, Baldwin has been tapped to narrate a brand new true-crime series called “Art Fraud.”
Alec Baldwin Tapped To Narrate The True-Crime Series ‘Art Fraud’
The “Beetlejuice” actor will be narrating an eight-part series called “Art Fraud,” through his El Dorado Pictures and Calvary Audio. The two have partnered with iHeart Radio in order to tell the story of The Knoedler, as reported by Deadline.
“Art Fraud” is written by Michael Shnayerson and based on the Vanity Fair article that details the fall of the infamous Knoedler Gallery. The art gallery first opened in 1846 and had displayed some of the city’s greatest artistic works.
One day, a woman walked through the door, claiming to have a canvas painted by the Abstract Expressionist artist Mark Rothko. Over the next seventeen years, they did business with this woman, which resulted in the purchase of almost forty paintings. The woman claimed to have paintings from artists such as Motherwell, de Kooning, and Jackson Pollack. The total worth of the paintings was estimated to be around $80 million dollars.
Unfortunately, the gallery later discovered that all of the paintings that they purchased were fakes.
Alec Baldwin Has His Own History With Art Fraud
Alec Baldwin is no stranger to art fraud. In fact, he has been a victim of art fraud himself. In 2016, Baldwin sued an art gallery owner named Mary Moone in the New York Supreme Court.
Baldwin had paid Boone $190,000 dollars for a painting by contemporary artist Ross Bleckner. He paid for an authentic, original painting, but became suspicious when he saw that the painting appeared brighter than the original and smelled of fresh paint. At that point, Boone allegedly tried to deceive him by claiming that she had the painting cleaned as a courtesy prior to the purchase.
In 2017, Baldwin won a seven-figure settlement against Boone for the deception.
The podcast will premiere on Tuesday, February 1, on iHeart Radio. In addition to Baldwin’s narration, the podcast will feature never-before-heard interviews with those involved in the art gallery deception.
This is not the first time that Calvery Media has worked with Alec Baldwin. They have also worked together on Baldwin’s podcast “Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin.”
Calvery Audio also has another true-crime podcast called “The Devil Within,” which has had over three million downloads and has been adapted into both scripted and non-scripted television series.
What Else Has Alec Baldwin Been Up To?
View this post on Instagram
Since the fatal “Rust” shooting, Baldwin has been spending a lot of time with his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, and their children.
In one video Hilaria posted, Alec can be seen lying on the floor with his children. His daughter is lying on his chest and two of his young sons are gathered around him as Alec and the kids listen to something on an iPad.
“Beautiful boys,” Hilaria captioned the 36-second-long video.
Alec Baldwin commented on the video, writing, “Thank you for that you have given to me…” It earned 81 likes from fans, including one from Hilaria, who replied to his comment. “@alecbaldwininsta we have made quite a little team,” she wrote. “Somos un buen equipo.”
Many fans applauded the “sweet” video, which gained almost 20,000 likes within the first hour of posting.