While training for his role as the supervillain and sometimes antihero Deadshot in DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad, Will Smith had ample opportunity to practice his skills at a gun range in Moorpark, California. According to TMZ, Smith spent a day at the range training with consultants from the Navy SEALs and Army Rangers using Glock handguns and a competition-built AR-15. Deadshot, a highly accurate assassin who was initially introduced in the comics as an enemy of Batman, is often portrayed with an AR-15 style rifle. Pictures from the set of Suicide Squad also show Smith carrying an AR-15 prominently.
As it turns out, Smith isn’t too shabby with firearms off the set either.
Will Smith is hardly a stranger to action films, having previously starred in movies such as Independence Day and I Am Legend. Yet the Hollywood icon angered some fans earlier this year when he suggested that “gun culture” complicated racial tensions in America.
“What we’re really talking about in this issue is people walking around the street with guns that can make a decision whether or not they’re going to kill someone, right?” Smith told Esquire magazine. “And that’s even more difficult, because there’s really no way back from that. This is a gun culture. And it’s painful for me, because I cannot figure out how to be helpful.”