‘Rust’ actor Jensen Ackles talks about gun safety on set days before tragic accident

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A few days before the tragic accident on the set of his film Rust, Jensen Ackles was talking about preparation and safety protocols for using guns for the film.

The 43-year-old Supernatural actor was officially announced as a cast on the same day of the accident, but he spoke about his new job at a fan convention last week.

For those who don’t know, a prop gun was discharged on set by Alec Baldwin and it killed cinematographer Halyana Hutchins and seriously injured director Joel Souza.

At the fan convention, Jensen talked about being on set the next day.

“I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shootout. 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?’” Jensen said (via Entertainment Weekly).

He added, “I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘Okay, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe.’”

Jensen also talked about practicing with the gun.

“So she’s like, ‘Okay 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, ‘Okay,’” he said. “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, ‘Okay I got it.’”

Jensen then recounts how he showed the prop woman that he knew how to shoot a gun. He said, “And not kidding, she goes, ‘You’re an a-hole.'”

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