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The Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien has opened up about the traumatic injuries he obtained while filming the franchise's third movie, and how the incident changed his outlook on real-life relationships.
While promoting his upcoming adventure film Love and Monsters, the actor – who played protagonist Thomas across all three instalments in the Maze Runner trilogy – looked back on final film The Death Cure, and how he was hospitalised in March 2016 after a stunt went awry.
He had been attached to a moving truck, but was yanked back by the apparatus and struck by another vehicle.
He suffered facial fractures, a concussion and brain trauma, and he later revealed that the damage was so extensive that he "broke most of the right side of [his] face".
He didn't return to finish the film until a full year later, so it's understandable that he gets a little angsty now whenever he's required to do something physical at work.
"Whenever I'm putting on a rig, I'm vetting every piece of that rig and much more," he explained while appearing on the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket.
"Even to this day, if I'm on set and I'm doing a stunt... If I'm in a rig... if there's some action going on, I am slightly irritable. There is a degree of anxiety in me that I don't think there's ever not going to be."
O'Brien also talked about how several of his friends stepped up while he was in recovery, and that their overwhelming support made him realise that he had "neglected" some of those bonds for many years.
"All of a sudden, it was very important to me to nurture those relationships and not lose them," he said. "I think that it absolutely completely rewires and restructures the way you see your life and what you deem important."
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