Breaking out of a Moroccan prison can be a dangerous business — even if you’re just pretending to be an inmate. Prison Break star Dominic Purcell found this out the hard way last summer while shooting an episode for the Fox revival of the long-running series. “I was running into a prison, and this explosion just occurred,” says Purcell of the stunt gone wrong. “I hit the ground, and there was blood just pouring onto the ground.” Though the actor wasn’t knocked unconscious, his skull was slashed open in three places by a falling iron bar. You can still see the scars:
“It was a really surreal feeling,” says Purcell. “Like, ‘Really? This is how it’s gonna end? I’m gonna die in Morocco?'” Fortunately, it didn’t come to that, because miraculously Purcell was able to get up after a few minutes and head straight to the hospital to get sewn up. Production on Prison Break wasn’t even affected — though the actor’s nose, broken during the accident, did cause a bit of a continuity issue as shooting went on. “The audience will notice that in some scenes my nose is bigger than in other weeks,” says Purcell with a laugh. “It’s kind of embarrassing, actually.”
Purcell posted a photo of his injury on Instagram last June:
Prison Break premieres on April 4 at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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