Warhunt Star Jackson Rathbone Talks About Coping With The Pandemic And Gun Safety

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If there is one thing actor jackson rathbone love is to participate in projects that mix several genres. In this case, it’s the supernatural historical horror action drama war hunt, a story set in 1945, the last year of World War II. Two soldiers lead a platoon in search of a mysterious cargo deep in the German Black Forest in Nazi territory. They get way more than they bargained for as they battle elements beyond their comprehension. I spoke with the star about what led him to the Mauro Borreli film, how he never physically appears with any of his partners, and the importance of gun safety in the production.

Jackson Rathbone in War Hunt (2022). Image courtesy of Saban Films

“I say the first thing that interested me was that they already tied Mickey Rourke and Robert Knepper,” Rathbone said. “I’m a fan of both of these actors. Once I read the script, the idea of ​​WWII soldiers fighting Nazis and the supernatural was such an exciting aspect to me. I’m a horror fan low-key and I was for many, many years. One of the things I love is historical fiction and the supernatural set in wartime. Playing a character like Walsh was fun for me. I I’m glad I got to do it. Rourke plays Major Johnson, who sends Walsh and Brewer (Knepper) on a mission. “Robert is a force to behold. Not only is he just an incredible human being, an incredible actor, a sweet man, but he’s a dedicated performer who as soon as he opens his mouth, he grabs your attention. Everything from her physique to her face is just perfect. Watching it was a wonderful learning experience.

Warhunt Star Jackson Rathbone Talks About Coping With The Pandemic And Gun Safety
Jackson Rathbone in War Hunt (2022). Image courtesy of Saban Films

Unfortunately, the Hollywood magic is set to kick in due to the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult for two of the main stars to shoot together. “I was so excited to work with Mickey, but the world had other plans,” Rathbone said. “The pandemic broke out, so we had to interrupt filming. When they were able to bring him in, they couldn’t bring me in because of [Latvian] laws and regulations of the time. So I had to film with his replacement, and he had to film with mine, and technically we never got to work together, which was a big disappointment. The editor and producers did an amazing job, and they were able to transition between our two shots seamlessly.” mix tape The star drew parallels between trying to complete a grueling shoot amid a global crisis and the grim nature of the film.

Warhunt Star Jackson Rathbone Talks About Coping With The Pandemic And Gun Safety
Mickey Rourke in War Hunt (2022). Image courtesy of Saban Films

“There were so many struggles when we were making this movie,” Rathbone said. “We are at the beginning of the pandemic and we are filming in Latvia, a beautiful country by the Baltic Sea. I would love to go back there because it is an incredibly beautiful place to film and go on vacation. The virus was intensifying everywhere in the world at that time, and we started to cast actors, stop filming and go home to their families, who needed them during this uncertain time. The producers were very understanding, and it was very similar to the movie where we have a tight-knit group of soldiers, and they’re dropping like flies because of the supernatural elements, so there’s a real sense of dread with lots of scenes, lots of characters, and lots of humor that is in there is the humor of the gallows that we all had to keep us optimistic Sometimes you have to laugh not to cry.

Warhunt Star Jackson Rathbone Talks About Coping With The Pandemic And Gun Safety
Saban Films

One thing Rathbone prides itself on is safety on set. Having grown up as a gun owner himself, he wanted to make sure everyone on set of war hunt respected their firearms as if they were real. In light of what happened on the set of Rust, tragedy struck close to home given his own personal calls. “I think there’s been a trend in some independent films because we’re usually operating on a shoestring budget all the time,” he said. “There’s been a downward trend in on-set safety, and I think it took a tragedy for the industry to wake up to that safety. That being said, we had a set. There had a moment that day of a bunch of actors taking guns in their hands and treating them like toys that need to be crushed from the start I was lucky to have an incredibly seasoned gunslinger on film, and I think that’s something the industry has to pay attention to. He has to make sure that we protect each other because we’re a tight-knit unit. To be honest, man, I was almost killed, and I can name three movies of people using a real knife when they I should have used a knife to get an axe, a real physical ax thrown at me and roll down a mountain and get a set piece that nearly us murder me and my teammate It’s happened too many times I can’t rest er silent I think that’s what we need as artists is that we need to be able to speak up when there’s a safety issue and not fear retaliation or being labeled as awkward because we’re all in the same boat. As soon as someone is hurt, everyone suffers because their negligence is never, ever excusable.”

Saban Films’ war huntwhich also features Aglaya Tarasovais in theaters, on-demand, and digital now.

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