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DAYS Chandler Massey Talks Re-Shoots Of Will’s Murder & His Highly-Anticipated Return!

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In one of his first interviews since being back at Days of our Lives, three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Chandler Massey, spoke to the New York Post about his upcoming on-screen return as Will Horton.

The back-story: fans followed Will’s coming-out journey as played by Massey. Then after Massey left the show, Guy Wilson stepped into the key role, only to eventually have the character murdered.

Now in true soap plausibility, there are many a back-from-the-dead stories, and it looks like that will prove true for Will.  Massey told the NY Post: “Will certainly wouldn’t be the first person to come back from the dead. They have a medically plausible explanation.”

In fact as part of his return, Massey had to re-shoot key scenes in Will’s storyline, including the character’s violent murder, in moments previously played by Guy Wilson.

Chandler related: “The scenes were very intense and required a lot of energy, but I don’t think it’s weird. When I first started working on the show, I was a recast. There’s a kid named Dylan (Patton), who played Will before me, and there were a bunch of Wills before him. So that’s just kind of how it goes, you know?”

As to what fans should watch for when Will return’s, it’s obvious he will be thrown into a romantic dilemma, since his one-time husband, Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) is about to marry another man, Paul Narita (Christopher Sean).  Massey weighs-in on what’s important to Will upon his return: “The most obvious thing will be Sonny, his longtime love, is involved with someone else now. It throws a pretty sizable wrench into (that) romance.”

Look for Massey to first appear back on DAYS in scenes with his on-screen father, Bryan Dattilo, which are slated to air this Friday, when Lucas has a vision of Will.  Then look for more Massey come October on the long-running NBC soap! 

So, excited to see how Will comes back to the Salem canvas? How do you think it will happen? Comment below.

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Richard
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PRAISE THE SOAP GODS HE IS NOT A GHOST! ! this is the best NEWS EVER! Ron Loves the gays so he is about to deliver a FIRE love triangle of Will/Paul/Sonny! I CANNOT WAIT! SO glad tptb revived this legacy character! I cant wait to see him and Sami Brady! An EJ recast is doable too! Find that hot Aussie guy who played Simon on As The World Turns!!!!!

Tina Moore
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Tina Moore

No EJ recast. Only original will do.

dmr
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dmr

If TPTB had to bring Will back to “rewrite” the wrong of a legacy character’s death, thankfully they were able to bring back Chandler Massey and not Guy Wilson. I’m just not interested in this love triangle. Sonny has gone from a one time coffee house owner/”club” owner to a wannabee career criminal with slicked back hair carrying a weapon-no thanks. Sonny is laughable as a “thug.”

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

“Just what daytime needs: another mobster named Sonny,” said Jamesj75 in sarcastic tones…

Celia
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Celia

“James, my friend…love the sarcasm and dry humor”, said Celia, in serious tones…..

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…your ‘sarcastic tones’ are perfectly noted, Brother…said I-I-I, The Jaybird369, in very supportive tones……….

Celia
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Celia

Awwww…aren’t we just a great, fun bunch? Yeayyyy for us!!!! Love you James, and Jay and dmr and 4ever….love EVERYONE on this site…love my Jimmy…

Jimh
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Jimh

I said he would come back…they probably found a pulse or something off camera and he has been in a coma…only Sami knew and staged a fake funeral to protect him from Ben…i guess Paul and Sonny will set a wedding date …the doors fly open…there stands Will…

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

Sounds perfect to me !!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

The doors fly open there stands Will In an off the shoulder white dress and slicked back hair- he gingerly walks to the two grooms says “sonny I’m back” then falls to the floor unconscious as the wedding guests look on in shock. Oh wait. .that was Phyllis on Y&R LOL! !

Celia
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Celia

Yes, you did, Jimmy….we had both agreed he was whisked away, and under his mother’s care. I remember it well.

Jimh
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Jimh

YEP!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

“You are always such a pleasure, Celia, and I appreciate that,” said Jamesj75 in sincere tones…

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

“great, fun bunch,” indeed! Thank you, Celia! 🙂

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

I do think someone faked Will’s death but i don’t think it was Sami because i can’t see her keeping Will away from his other loved ones for nearly 2 years.Plus i can’t see Will willingly staying away from his daughter for nearly 2 years.So my guess is Will had no part in faking his death.

Matthew Place
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Matthew Place

Chandler being back as Will is great news. Hope he sticks around for a while. Looks like Ron is just what Days needed.

James McDonald
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James McDonald

With the release of the picture today of Lucas seeing the vision of Will in church, I am very disappointed the return is only of him as a ghost, spirit or angel. Is Will only the imagination of a drunk Lucas? Now if they had a story of Will’s spirit appearing which leads them to Memphis in search of Will in the flesh and Will is actually taken back to Salem, then I would be happy. But now I have read Chandler Massey is only there to film scenes until April. I was hoping this would be a story line… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It’s almost a given that Will’s first appearance is other than in the flesh, James, but not to worry, Chandler is still taping after he began six months ago. Will will be in the flesh!

Mo
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Mo

Did you read the article?

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

If Will was just coming back as ghost i don’t think the show would have re-shot his death scenes.

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

Happy to have Chandler back as Will. Most excited to see Will with his daughter and Gaby.

Mateo
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Mateo

Chandler Massey!!! Just a great big hell yes. I know it’s going to be hard to explain his on screen death and I am willing to suspend my disbelief for this character to come back and radiate. Ron Carlivati is the one writer who can make Will the great character he was. No shade on Guy Wilson. He had a HUGE void to fill with Chandler’s departure. I, personally, think Guy Wilson could not overcome his inability to be Will Horton. That is why at the end of his run he was always angry or pouty on screen. It was… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I didnt even notice that about Sonny…anyway, its my belief about Will that off camera a faint pulse or heartbeat was found…maybe a paramedic seen him still breathing…he is is a coma…Sami is there and takes over-stages his funeral and all to protect him from Ben…she was seeing to his care..he wakes up-maybe with amnesia or not and now its safe for him to cone back home!!!…only plausible way i think it would work!!!

Jake Martin
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Jake Martin

I read that the actor who portrays Sonny has lost some weight since some of these scenes were done – I don’t really “feel” the chemistry between Paul and Sonny even though I am happy to see gay characters back on the canvas. Fans, I thought, were very critical of Guy Wilson’s performance as Will when he was trying his best. Now I guess there will be a triangle with the return of Will as played by Chandler. To me, though, it feels odd because Will (as played at the time by Guy Wilson) wrote that story about Paul and… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I just don’t like Paul. I don’t know what it is. I agree. I don’t feel any chemistry between Paul and Sonny. I think Sonny had more chemistry with the amulet.

SZima
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SZima

I’m glad Chandler is bringing Will back. His coming out story was what got me hooked on DOOL.
I never cared for Guy’s portrayal of Will, so I wasn’t that upset when they killed him off.
However, I’m excited to have Chandler’s Will back and anxious to see how they resurrect him.

MAF
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MAF

So not happy about this. what happened to dead is dead and how can you rewrite something that has happened so long ago. We all watched will get strangled. His body dumped in a different location still dead. Buried, dead. This is just stupid. Sorry not sorry

mike
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mike

making the biggest wrong in soaps right, thank you Ron

blake
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blake

I am sooooo glad Chandler Massey is returning to Days. I can’t wait to see his scenes with Sonny, Paul, Marlena, Gabi and Sami

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

This story is going to be so good and it hasn’t even started yet. Thank God for Ron!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

first and foremost : Bryan Datillo as Lucas…. he’s going to be a father again.

inasmuch as it’s going to be great to see him with gramma Marlena

Will bond with both of them… are what I’m looking forward

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things that make you go hummmm

or whatever…. the matching black tank tops… on Paul and Sonny

just made me go – OK – reminded me of Jason and Sam.

Will has so many standout moments with so many characters

Sonny – Gabs – Kate – Abs – Arianna Grace

Maca
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Maca

Thank you Soap Gods

Jake Martin
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Jake Martin

The only thing is, when Will died and he was played by Guy Wilson, Sonny heard the news while out of the Country and of course came back for the Funeral in Fake Leaf Park. Now, Will is going to be played by Chandler (who “left to pursue school” which means really that they have renegotiated his contract at Days) and Chandler had no scene history with Christopher Sean who plays Paul. So, to me, it won’t feel like uh oh here we go again – it will have a different kind of an ‘edge’ to it. Right now, the… Read more »

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Well Chandler Massey did go back to college after leaving Days because he promised his parents he would do that once his contract with Days expired.

Judy
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Judy

I have been enjoying the story with John and Marlina and they didnt drag it out and they will find out about bonnie in few days would be glad to see will back

Mo
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Mo

Can’t wait to see Chandler as Will back on Days. Bring it on!

LeeAnn Pratt
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LeeAnn Pratt

I have been hoping for Chandler to come back since the day he left. No one plays Will like Chandler. The Paul/Sonny storyline looks like two brothers. The affection Freddie and Chandler have for each other always showed in their work on camera. I love Paul but he needs to find someone else. He had more chemistry with Derrick.

ChandlerFan
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ChandlerFan

And suddenly the universe has meaning again…

Massey seemed to have acting chemistry in almost every scene with almost every other actor. It should be interesting to see new chemistry with actors and characters who are new to him.

Celia
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Celia

This I “gotta” see….how will the re-shoot be managed without Ben?? Lots of technical maneuvering? Can’t wait to see Chandler—–can’t wait to hear how Will is resurrected.
Maybe he was living stashed away in Switzerland with Sami, EJ and the kids, as I suggested months and months ago???? Did Marlena know? Who else?? Did Lucas??? Hmmmm.
In-te-resting!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Rob Scott Wilson returned to re-shoot the “murder” scene, Celia. And because he returned for the recreated flashback, it’s a possibility to see Ben in the present. That may have been Ben at the end of yesterDAYS’ (09-11-17) episode!

Celia
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Celia

You’re right….always are. Thanks, 4ever.

Jake Martin
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Jake Martin

But if Rob Wilson returns as Ben (which has been announced) then I guess he will be shown strangling Will in a flashback but this time instead of Guy Wilson being killed it will be Chandler as Will in a re-creation of that chilling scene.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, sounds good, Jake. That’s very logical.

Mo
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Mo

Chandler was brought back instead of Guy because Guy was horrible. I didn’t like his interpretation of Will at all.

But of course, Chandler couldn’t say that. I don’t even know why they asked him that unless it was with the hope that he would say something controversial.

Did Chandler finish college?

Jim Larson
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Jim Larson

It was stated by his representation that he left the show “to pursue his studies” but what that actually probably translates to is that his agents renegotiated a higher pay contract with the people at Days of Our Lives. I guess the fans were not happy with the temporary recasting of Will and they were certainly vocal about their disapproval, just as the fans have spoken (at times harshly) about the actress who was playing Hope’s daughter, Ciarra.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

Chandler said in the past that he promised that once his contract with Days expired he’d go back to college.Now Chandler has admitted that he made a mistake in that he announced that he was leaving Days at the 2013 Daytime Emmys before he told the show.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

Excuse the pun but where there is a Will there will be a way.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

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Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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Jensen Ackles Shares Heartfelt Message on Death of ‘Rust’ DP Halyna Hutchins: “This Has Been a Tragedy of Epic Proportions”

Former Days of our Lives and Supernatural star, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric and Ex-Dean)  took to his Instagram over the weekend to pay tribute to cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who was tragically killed in New Mexico, on the set of the film Rust in which Ackles co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Frances Fisher. Baldwin is also one of the producers of the film.

Last Thursday, in the initial investigation reports surfaced that Baldwin discharged a “prop gun” leading to the death of Hutchins and injuring director, Joel Souza.  Since that time it has been reported that Baldwin was told by the assistant director, David Halls, that the weapon was a “cold gun” meaning not loaded with live rounds following its preparation by the film set’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez.  But in his affidavit statement, Halls says he was unaware that the prop gun contained live rounds when it was given to Baldwin for his scene.

The scene Baldwin was rehearsing was inside a church building at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. In new affidavit’s, it was noted that Baldwin was ‘cross drawing’ the weapon and pointing the gun towards the camera lens.

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A grief-stricken Ackles shared:  “I’m not even sure where to start.  This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing. Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment.  She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down. She was an inspiration. My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is. She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her.”

Since Hutchins’ death, a video also surfaced of Ackles discussing his concerns for gun safety on the set of Rust at a Supernatural convention in Colorado prior to the tragedy.

Jensen told the crowd: “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun. They were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe. “So she’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna put some blanks in there and I want you to just go and fire off a couple rounds towards the hill.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ So I put the belt on, I put the gun there, and I walked out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure that you know, you pull the hammer all the way back and you aim at your target.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I got it.’  The footage was originally on You Tube, but now has been taken down.

The investigation remains and open and active on what occurred on the set of Rust, according to the Santa Fe New Mexico Sheriff’s office.

So, what do you think about Jensen’s tribute in the wake of the Rust tragedy? Comment below.

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