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Tamara Braun Returns To DAYS and Shares, “Well, Well, Well! Looks Like The Cat Is Out of the Bag”

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Look who’s coming back to Days of our Lives! Two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Tamara Braun is returning to Salem to cause trouble in her role of Ava Vitali.

Ava had been presumed dead and her return to the canvas will usher in her on-screen son’s return when Tripp (Lucas Adams) is back starting next week.

Braun shared on the news via her Instagram: “Well, well, well!! Looks like the cat is out of the bag! Ava and I are excited to return to Salem @nbcdays . Hope you come along for the ride to see where the adventure take us!”

DAYS EP Ken Corday told Soap Opera Digest on the news:”Tamara Braun is coming back and that’s important, not only for Steve and Kayla, but for her son, Tripp, and others to be determined.”

Back in June, Braun won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Dr. Kim Nero on General Hospital.  She previously won in this category for DAYS’ Ava back in 2009.

At this time, no first airdate back has been revealed.

So, excited to learn Tamara is back on DAYS? Share your thoughts below.

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Phil
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Phil

Awesome, she is one of my favorite actresses! So glad she is back. Might that mean Joey is on the way as well? If he didn’t kill her.

Momo
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Momo

That’s right! He’s in prison for killing her.

Satan
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Satan

Goddamn it… another escape from Hell? Is somebody drugging Cerberus again? It’s not easy to knock out a dog with three heads, you know?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Fantastic news! Love Tamara Braun and this gives Steve and Kayla story alongside Tripp. Time to release Joey from prison, too and bring him into the Johnson fold. And, also bring back Theo finally, too. (Abe needs his son home). So so so so pleased that Tamara is back at DAYS. Looking forward to Ava causing lots of trouble. Pair her up with Jake for a whirl, that would be interesting..

ANGEL
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ANGEL

JAKE AND AVA,I LOVE THIS. STEVE AND KAYLA WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE JOEY BACK WITH THEM. OH YES BRING THEO BACK.HE WILL FIT RIGHT IN FOR HELPING TO SAVE JULIE AND HIS SISTER SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA.IF THAT IS TRIPP BABY, SAMI WILL NOT BE GETTING THE BABY, EVEN IF THE JUDGE RULES IN HER FAVOR. I WOULD LIKE AND LOVE IT IF BELLE GAVE THE JUDGE A CALL. AND RULE IN FAVOR OF NICOLE UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP SHOWS UP.

Jimh
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Jimh

Someone dies on a soap is no longer shocking-that wore off years ago!

ANGEL
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ANGEL

WHY NOT BRING BO BRADY,HALEY AND STEFANO BACK.HALEY CAN ALSO BE A TWIN. J.J. NEEDS TO COME BACK AND BE HAPPY AGAIN.EVE SHOULD THINK ABOUT HOW SHE HURT HEY VERY ON DAUGHTER BY SLEEPING WITH J.J. IT IS TIME FOR GABI TO GET WHAT SHE SO RICHLY DESERVES.HOW CAN SHE BE IN LOVE WITH HER HUSBAND? POINT BEING IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPOSED,SHE WOULD BE MARRIED TO ELI RIGHT NOW. SHE PRETENDS TO LOVE HER DAUGHTER, AND DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE HER, BUT SHE NEVER SPEND ANY TIME WITH HER. TRUTHFULLY SPEAKING,ALL GABI WANT, SEX, POWER.AND MONEY.SHE ESCAPED… Read more »

Louie Y
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Louie Y

Nothing against Tamra, fabulous, but why oh why is there no originality in Days of Our Lives anymore? Yet another return from the dead…please …should have made her a different character.

Satan
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Satan

They already tried that. She played Nicole’s sister for a while.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

And even that was a mis(re)cast when Natalia Livingston fit much better in the role; the reasons for replacing Livingston with Braun were B.S. and I have always said that the role of Jordan easily could have just been the re-introduction of Taylor Walker.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I love Tamara in anything she does. She’s one of those actresses you can count on to deliver every time!!!

ANGEL
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ANGEL

ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SHOWING AND TELLING SAMI WHAT FOR ABOUT HER SON TRIPP BABY. SAMI IS NO MATCH FOR AVA. UNTIL AVA AND TRIPP ARRIVE, I HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELL WILL HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH THE JUDGE ABOUT SAMI AND JAN.SHE TALKING ABOUT THE LOOK ON NICOLE FACE,I WANT TO SEE THE LOOK ON HER FACE WHEN THE JUDGE RULE IN NICOLE FAVOR. I ALSO HOPE AND PRAY THAT BELLE TELL THE JUDGE ABOUT WHAT SAMI DONE TO HER DAD. WHAT SHE SAID TO JOHN BROKE HIS HEART, AND MARLENA KNOW THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.

TS
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TS

Does Joey get out of prison then????

Rodd
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Rodd

Seriously! If there was ever a character/actor I would like to see come back, it’s him. I’m yawning at the prospect of seeing another back-from-the-dead character. Didn’t like her the first time around. (No shade at Tamara.)

Johnny
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Johnny

Does Ron C. just ask for old tapes of PSYCHOPATHS …. and with glee, just start writing for them? It is just exhuasting and unpleasant to watch a show filled with such dark, angry, villainous people, and I include Gabi in that! As far as Im concerned, she oughta be locked up for life! Her crocodile tears about loving her daughter and what a good mother she is are sickening to watch. When exactly is she a good mother? Between drugging and brainwashing pregnant woman, and trying to murder senior citizens (all of whom are related to her daughter)…she hardly… Read more »

VioletLemm87
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Johnny
Agree with everything you say. Gabi is supposed to come back soon and am pretty sure she’ll pick up right where she left off, going after Jake and making everyone else miserable! This Jan Spears IAM sure will be another troublemaker. What gets me is these people that have been released with a clean bill of health, sanity wise, still act crazy. They should rename Salem while they’re at it and call it Crazy Town.

Patrick
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Patrick

PLEASE! PLE A S E ! !! PLEAsE! DO NOT – NUT UP – her so quickly… one note D i m e n s i o n (s) Ava as a Mother… Tripp is just so FANTASTIC ! Ava as a grandmother … doting and then there’s SOME doting … GOOD STUFF w/Kayla Ava as an EX LOVER… COME ON ( no man FORGETS GOOD SEX ) NO MAN Ava as an adversarial… With Mary Beth Evans !!!! ???? tough job but these two “equals” it’s a plush move plush job plush IMAGINATION PULL ! I present to “YOU”… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

Soooo excited!
Days keeps rolling hot returns!!…
JJ, Tripp, Marci millers Abby and now Tamaras Ava!!!
Y n r take note! Viewers fall asleep with nothing happening in genoa city!
Salems on fire!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Ava Vitali is the best role Tamara Braun has had in daytime, and I genuinely hope this time around that Braun and her character are treated properly. Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character, and lost the true dimension of Ava, so I hope that comes back and is re-developed. Now, that being said, I hope this is not a guest return. I hope it is a full-time one and they actually give Ava something to do outside of Kayla and Steve, and maybe develop her as an actual character. Will we be recasting Joey, or… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Scott : ^^^^ “…Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein absolutely destroyed the character,” ABSOLUTELY ! It was incredulous, the desecration this is one of those times… when you are just gnawing at the screen well, LOL… for the LOVE of Tamara Braun, right? any way…. this truly explains ALL those posts ^^^ back from the dead, and for that evil mindset PSYCHOPATH’ i IMPLORE – AND beg…. Ron/Ryan/all his coworker. let’s stop and smell the coffee with Tamara… she is so loved in this genre. the potential for GOOD work… with GREAT CAST… and immediate touch, with very… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I very much believe if Ron Carlivati and the team at Days of Our Lives write Ava Vitali as a flawed human being with a compassionate, relatable side, much like how Eileen Davidson portrayed Kristen DiMera when she returned in 2012. The character can be deceitful and devious, but there needs to be some kind of humanity to them that allows us to forgive them and relate to them, and why they are doing the things that they are doing. That was missing from Tamara Braun’s 2015 return to the role. Given how Lucas Adams (Tripp) and Braun interacted at… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

She’s a good actress, though I would rather it not be another return from the dead (all this writer likes to do is that and triangles)…if we have to have her can we at least not make another triangle w/Kayla/Steve & her..just let her cause trouble and find someone else..maybe Rafe. She could make him interesting..lol. In the end, Marlena has Stefano & Orpheous, so I guess Kayla will have nut job Ava as an adversary.

Satan
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Satan

Maybe the triangle is NOT with Steve?

You may remember that the first time Ava was in Salem, she hooked up with RoboJohn, who at the time thought he was Stefano’s brother and was embracing his supposed DiMera darkside a great deal.

Just by coincidence, John is rumored to be “not himself” when he finally wakes up from his recent aneurysm. What if he reverts to the RoboJohn mentality, right around the same time Ava shows up??

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

When Tamara Braun was Taylor Walker and she was [briefly] in scenes with Galen Gering (Rafe), I did enjoy that potential; same thing with Christie Clark (ex-Carrie), and while I would enjoy seeing both Ava and Rafe single for more than a few seconds, I would welcome an eventual pairing, especially if it meant upsetting Sami (Alison Sweeney). Or maybe they could go for a Carly/Johnny re-pairing, with Braun paired up with Brandon Barash (Jake, ex-Stefan).

Satan
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Satan

Tamara Braun wasn’t playing Carly when Johnny Zucchini was in Port Charles. That was all during the Laura Wright era. Though ironically the first Carly, Sarah Brown, came back to play Johnny’s sister (who actually turned out to be his mommy). On the other horn, this un-named “Philly mob” that Jake was mixed up with before he arrived in Salem, it’s not much of a stretch to think that could have been the Vitali family. So it’s possibly they DO know each other… though presumably Ava hasn’t been doing a lot of family business, as she was supposed to be… Read more »

Momo
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Momo

Should be interesting. If Tripp is Allie’s baby daddy, scenes between Ava and Sami should be fun!!!!! Days is the best soap on TV!

Samskara
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Samskara

I was hoping she’d retake her crown as Carly Corinthos, but this is welcome news. Please Days, don’t screw it up this time. The last time you tagged her with the “R” word. Not nice.

Louise
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Louise

Why oh why bring back such an irrelevant character from the dead?? This show is beyond losing any type of realm of normalcy. I saw Corday’s interview in SOD & I do not see how you can redeem that crazy nut they created in 2015..to bring in a character to create angst for a third time for a 30+ year super couple more than shows these writers have no creativity about them whatsoever. The two actors that play Steve and Kayla are two of the best in the business and should have angst via a medical issue, children, etc They… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, gee—Joey’s comin’ home?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG ,this is ludicrous! I love Tamara Braun BUT the woman was killed. They look like idiots as it is with bringing all these dead people back. Hopefully her appearance will only be in flashbacks and dreams, etc.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I stand by my comment above and agree 100% with Pudge!

Pudge
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Pudge

How do you redeem a character as vile as Ava?? Please stop…the using sexual manipulation on underage Joey was sickening. She tried to kill Kayla & forced Steve (form of rape) to sleep w her to save Kayla’s life..that was last run alone. She should be burned at the stake in Horton Square no redeemed.

Satan
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Satan

The sexual manipulation of Joey was bad enough.. but now he’s been in prison for several years (Hell only knows how long it’s supposedly been, given all the time jumps & SORAsing) for killing her.

I’d say after that, Joey deserves to kill her for real. Why not, he’s already done the time for it.

Penny
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Penny

Let’s see how many more viewers lose with Ava coming back. She was an obsessed nut job with no redeeming qualities. Show has Kristen & Jan who are over the top obsessed with characters. Don’t need Ava & her crazy obsession with Steve again besides the dude has to be at least 20 years older than her. Leave her dead or have her obsess over someone her own age. It’s sad they keep bringing irrelevant characters back from the dead.

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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’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

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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