HONG KONG: Hong Kong actor Louis Koo became obsessed with the sport of practical shooting and bought himself a gun after starring in director Derek Yee's shootout-heavy action flick "Triple Tap", reported Chinese media.
In the film, Koo plays a champion shooter who becomes a hero after encountering and lethally shooting a band of armed bank robbers, but is suspected to be the mastermind behind the heist by a crack shot police officer played by Daniel Wu.
Koo, 40, told reporters that it was a difficult project but added that it also caused him to become so enamored with practical shooting that he went out and bought his "dream gun".
"I read a lot of reference material and had to present the coolest-looking stance while trying to accommodate the best camera angles. As a result ... I suffered sprains towards the end of shooting," said Koo.
"After filming ended, I couldn't wait to order my 'dream gun'. I think it is the same for any gun enthusiast. Once they see a gun they like, they will think of ways to obtain it."
Co-star Wu, 35, didn't have it easy either. He spent a lot of time practising gun handling to prepare for his role, even when he was at home.
"To help us learn the correct firing posture, the director even hired a real shooting champion to train us. I would practise drawing a gun, reloading and so on, thousands of times when I was at home," said the recently-married Wu.
"My friends thought I had gone mad!"
I have a bigger version of that pic somewhere, but I don't feel like looking for it, lol. Needless to say, I want to see this.