'Supernatural': Behind the scenes with Jensen Ackles, Captain of the Problem-Solving Squad
We talked to Ackles at Comic-Con about stepping behind the camera for the first time on a show he knows so well. "It was definitely a unique experience," Ackles says. "I've never looked at a script the way I had to look at the one that I direct. As an actor you just look at it and make decisions on your character. I was having to make decisions on every word, on every page. It's a lot to think about. It's a lot of homework, a lot of decisions to make. You're the Captain of the Problem-Solving Squad."
Though the episode is focused mostly on Bobby ( Jim Beaver), Ackles also got the chance to work with long-time co-star Jared Padalecki in a different capacity. "It was like making a movie with your best buddy," Padalecki told us. "It's like making home videos or something."
In The CW's behind-the-scenes video, Padalecki says that Ackles has been interested in directing for a long time and would often make suggestions to previous directors. "The director would be like 'Oh, that's great! Let's do it!'"
"This can be a very difficult show to shoot on the fly," Ackles says. "You've got to do your homework and you've got to have a plan."
So who gave Ackles the most trouble on set? Not Padalecki (which may be a bit of a surprise). "The only actor I really had trouble with was myself," he says. "Luckily, I'm not that heavy in this episode, so I've been able to stick behind the monitors quite a bit."
"I think he did a tremendous job," Padalecki says. "He's my favorite director so far."
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