There’s suffering for your art, and then there’s suffering for your art as a result of your own lack of common sense. 23-year-old Columbus man Sam Vestey was recently shot in the leg by accident while making an amateur Deadpool web series with a couple of friends. Read more after the jump.
Vestey and his friends Casey May and Michael Galusick were filming a scene for their fan-made Deadpool series in the basement of a house when a real gun they were using as a prop fired and struck Vestey in the leg. The men had used the gun for previous projects, and had believed it to be unloaded. While we don’t know which of the men was holding the gun at the time when it went off, it’s clear it was an accident. Said Vestey in an interview, “As he was holding it, it slipped from his hands and when he reached for it, it caught the trigger and it discharged into my leg.”
Vestey acknowledges that all things considered, he got off very easily. No criminal charges have been filed as a result of the incident, and Vestey appears to harbor no hard feelings. In fact, Vestey has said that he would be open to appearing in another episode of the series.
Vestey’s story serves as a PSA to reiterate what all filmmakers, amateur and otherwise — or hell, all people, everywhere, in general — should already know: firearms are very fucking dangerous and should never be pointed at anything you don’t intend to shoot. Prop guns exist for a reason. Use them.
While we don’t have footage of the actual shooting (that’s probably for the best), I was able to dig up an old episode of the Deadpool series in question. Hit up Galusick’s YouTube page to see more, and judge for yourself whether they’re awesome enough to be worth getting shot in the leg for. (My opinion: No, but then again, what is?)
[via Comic Book Movie]
Hat tip to Gamma Squad for digging up this story!