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Louise Sorel Returns To Days of our Lives!

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A Days of our Lives representative confirmed to Soap Opera Digest on Wednesday afternoon, that none other than Louise Sorel has returned and is taping scenes at the NBC soap opera as the one and only Vivian Alamain.

Villainess Vivian has been on and off the Salem canvas since 1992.

The pairing of Sorel’s Vivian under DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati certainly seems like a soap match made in heaven!  It will be intriguing to see how Vivian returns to the canvas.

Robin Strasser (Ex-Dorian, OLTL) was tweeting about her pal Ms. Sorel, when she didn’t realize that Sorel’s return to DAYS had not been announced.  Strasser tweeted: “UH OH-is it supposed to be a SECRET #Vivian will SHOW #DOOL? I didn’t know-a SECRET? Oh crap SHOUT IT-La GREAT ONE returns-BEST NEWS ever!”

So, excited for a return by Louise Sorel to NBC DAYS? Comment below.

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Patrick
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Patrick

@Claudio – @Celia . GROUP HUG , NO?

Patrick
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Patrick

from ONE – Grand Dame – to ANOTHER … Robin Strasser to Louise Sorel.

“…Oh crap SHOUT IT-La GREAT ONE returns ”

“Vivian Alamain”

upper crust upper class upper only ONE

Claudio
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Claudio

Wonderful my madam, Vivian will be back. Louise Sorel is a wonderful actress. Patrick I have a feeling Ivan her sidekick, will come back to Days really soon. Now Days need to bring back Anna Dimera pronto full time. Leann Hunley is my gal just like my Madam Vivian Alamain.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes Patrick, group hug my friend. Vivian is back.

Celia
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Celia

Sorry, Patrick….I just noticed your post…all the way up there by your lonesome, LOL.
Yes, hugs and hugs….I have waited a long time for milady!!!!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Fantastic news!!!’ Happy ‘DAYS’ are here again!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Now bring Lee Dumont back played by Robin Strasser who claims she was legally married to the late Stephano and sole owner of the Dimera mansion and business!!!

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes Jim,. I hope this happens. Robin Strasser is an excellent choice.

Jovin
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Jovin

Dumonde.

Judy
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Judy

Wow wow hard to belive she was one great lady

Mo
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Mo

Was? I’m sure she still is.

Alan
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Alan

Best news today.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Heaven help anyone who crosses her:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fv04FtPA6w

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah….gonna love it, 4ever!!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my Lord….thank you soap gods. I can’t believe it !!!! Finally, Vivian is back!!! I do hope the juciest, “meanest”, LOL. storyline is in the works for her. Can’t wait !!

Claudio
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Claudio

Hi Celia, my madam Vivian will be back, that is terrific news. I hope Days sign Louise Sorel to a contract. Give Vivian a good storyline, and the ratings will hit the roof.

Celia
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Celia

O, I know how much you love our grande dame, Claudio. Probably more than I.
There is something very magical about Ms Sorel….je ne sais quoi? Non so che? ( do you speak Italian?—-Claudio is a very, very, very Italian name, LOL) …love it !!!!
There’s a famous Italian singer (50’s-60’s), Claudio Villa …..my husband’s grandfather ( from Italy) has all of his music. Unbelievable voice.

Now, I have no doubt Vivian will leave us with our mouths agape….she is fascinating. And, yes!!!!!! May her sojourn last a long, long time—-indefinitely!!

Celia
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Celia

You are dooo lucky, Claudio….two of the most rich historical cultures…you have the best of both worlds. Italian is the most melodic language —both verbally and musically—lest we forget, the poetry is music in itself. ( without the thousands of dialects—regional…LOL). Do we know if Louise has Italian in her background? She definitely has the look. We will enjoy her to our heart’s delight. —-she is always welcome. And, yes, you are right, Ivan completes the picture. They are a hoot together. I feel the same for Victor Kiriakis—bad boy that he is, does not matter. I love him to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Ms. Sorel was also quite wickedly fetching as Augusta Lockridge on Santa Barbara…not as maniacal as Vivian by any stretch of the imagination, but her coldly calculating—yet highly-soigne’—-presence always added much to the show’s dastardly festivities! (And as another piece of soap trivia, she was the older sis to Julia Wainwright, who was portrayed by “you-know-who?”…Hint: the person whose current GH character is my hands-down favorite to disparage!)

Celia
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Celia

I never watched that soap. But, I trust everything that comes out of your mouth, Shaybelle.
Ms Sorel simply has a natural air/talent, and it does not go unnoticed.
HaHaHaHaHa. And, I enjoy every minute of your disparaging. If the shoe fits? Or should I say, glove?

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes Celia, I speak Italian and Greek. My father is Italian, and my mom is Greek. I hope Ivan comes back with his madam Vivian.

Shay
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Shay

As for Ms. Sorel, she was simply superb as the sharp-tongued sophisticate Augusta….along with Nicolas Coster as her long-suffering hubby, the bon vivant known as Lionel…whatta couple! Very eccentric and jaded in a moneyed sort of manner, but oh-so-fun! I miss those kind of wacky, off-the-wall characters on today’s soaps, although it sounds as though they may not be so extinct in Salem!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, my Shay,
Ah-ha…..to your Jules post….Alexis will have to make do by knitting more booties for the time being. She needs to get him out of her system….poor thing. Perhaps not having a man in her life, for a while, will make her appreciate herself; know herself; respect herself—-she is a surviver, afterall.
As far as our Ms Sorel…love her forevermore. Love the looney-tune air about her. Everything she does, her wicked thoughts, her manipulations, her ‘sins’ ….all of it….all of her kill me!!
She is the best of the best, and I never tire watching her do her thing.

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCee…If you ever get the chance, check out some clips of Santa Barbara…it was a fun and frothy good time….often far-fetched, but highly-enjoyable. And so many impressive soap players—in fact, far too many to mention by name, but faces that would be familiar to you from numerous other series—passed through the doors of the Lockridge and Capwell mansions, including Sorel and Coster, but also Robin Mattson as the hilarious Gina DeMott Capwell and Justin Deas as her not-so-better half, Keith Timmons! Then there was the always roguish roue’, Mason, as portrayed by Lane Davies, and the aforementioned as his… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

I always like this actress. You go, girl.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes yes my madam will be back, I have been writing on this site for along time for Louise Sorel to come back on Days. Vivian and Ivan were hilarious together, please Ron also bring back her side kick Ivan. Please sign Louise to a long term contract, she is a wonderful actress. My dreams have finally been answered, my darling Vivian Madam is back.

Eric Buchanan
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Eric Buchanan

Awesome News. I am already watching every day, seeing the better dialogue and scenes like Roman (Josh Taylor) with Eric. Seeing the beginning of the use of ALL the talent available in a more ensemble way, the signature of Ron C. I read in Soap Opera Digest that he would not be creating any new characters….that was the greatest thing he could say to a long time fan like me. We don’t need Summer, Serena, Jordan, the Hernandez parents….there are 50 years of characters to bring back to the canvas. Days is already back to the top of my “must… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Omg- at the risk of sounding dramatic- I am in love with Ron C. He is clearly saving my all time favorite show. Days is entertaining in a way that it has not been in years. Sorell will be great under his writing. Ron is playing a much needed homage to Salem’s rich history- and the only reason long time fans tune in. Did anyone notice that his first episode included John(so much better looking with his new hair style) and Marlena in the very first scenes? Today ‘s episode is the best so far. By having Marlena and Hattie… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

See everybody? I told you Ron was going to do magic. He sure is doing good in the short time he’s been at DAYS!!!

mike
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mike

Welcome back Madam, you have been missed.

blake
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blake

Great news!!! Ron C. is killing it with his writing and bringing back the favorites!

I hope Vivian is back long term. It’d be great if Ivan came back also.

Next can we get Celeste back? Played by the original actress of course, along with her psychic powers lol.

Patrick
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Patrick

this would be the icing on the cake…. PURE JOY

I want her minimally to visit Theo.

God… it was FEAST when Tanya Boyd was Lexie Mother. and the arsenal she brought…. the cards do not lie.

one of my all time favorite mother/daughter pair.

Celeste and Lexie – WOW

blake
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blake

I agree. Losing the actress that played Lexie was a big loss to the show. Lexie and Abe were great, and she played well with the DiMeras, Hope and of course Celeste.

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

Vivien and Ivan are my favorite platonic couple. They are pure comic relief.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

My favorite quote was when Crystal Chappelle said of Vivian: she redecorates mausoleums more than most people redecorate their living room.

I can’t wait to find out who she shoves into a casket this time.

MK
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MK

Loved RonC on GH. My only gripe is Paulson never kiss or have lovescenes like they used to. RonC is a pro on this. The man who wrote Kish and Brucas need to focus on Paulson or will will comes back there will not be a worthwhile triangle.

Judy
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Judy

See is 77 years old but good to see her back

blake
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blake

She’s 77? Wow, she looks great!

Judy
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Judy

Marlana is 74 and doug in he late 80s or 90s they have the money to look good

Rodd
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Rodd

Looking forward to seeing what she cooks up under Ron’s writing.

Mo
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Mo

AWESOME! This has made my day. I love Vivian. Some of Days most memorable storylines involved her.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I love her to.I have been wishing for this.

Mo
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Mo

I guess if you want something to be a secret, don’t tell people and especially don’t tell Robin Strasser!

Jovin
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Jovin

Oh yeah….like it was surely meant to be a secret! Come on!!! Robin did what she was told to!!

Max
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Max

So Happy about this.. now Tyler needs to be Nicky Alamain so Aunt Viv has someone to roll with..

Mo
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Mo

Oh yeah, good idea.

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG – that’s an even better spin. Nicky and Aunt Viv.

I read that he could be Alexander Kiriakis… ??? readying him for leading the pack of the Kiriakis empire.. when UNFORTUNATELY, John Anniston readies himself retirement.

either or sounds fine to me. if this gives us more airtime with Adrienne and Justin.

oy – I can’t get your post from my mind. what a spin of immeasurable potential.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

My dreams has come true .Vivian will supply us with plenty of laughs.I love Louis Sorel she will make days great again.You can also bring back her side kick to.I am so happy.

Kalle
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Kalle

I associate her name with Ivan and the coffin. Wonderful piece of news! Under Carlivati’s hand, it’s like Nora Desmond meeting Tim Burton.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Spot on. Totally agree with this.

jb44
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jb44

This is the best news! Maybe “Ivan” could return, too? I couldn’t be happier!!

blake
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blake

Yeah, Vivian, Ivan and Celeste returning would be AMAZING!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

CELESTE!!!!

The cards! THE CARDS SAY DANGER!

blake
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blake

haha! love it!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Oops, Muchael I spelled phraseology wrong ( typos happen to the best of us)…… I do hope that fact does not affect your sensitivity.
Patrick is a poet. I read his heart……

Jovin
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Jovin

English is obviously not his first language! What an incredibly rude post!

Jovin
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Jovin

Okay… in short order he has brought the female crazy back to DAYS….Hattie… Bonnie…Anjelica….Vivian….Kristen… Sami (who will regress 2 decades under Ron)…….can we have some balance here? Come on…..give us a reason to invest time and emotion into this!!!!!!!

Coreen Kerr
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Coreen Kerr

What our TPTB over at Days thinking there is only one person who can do vivien alamain justice & that is Louise
Sorrell!!

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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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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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