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Dylan O’Brien almost quit acting after 'Maze Runner' accident

Gregory Wakeman
·Contributor
·2-min read

Watch: Dylan O’Brien talks Maze Runner accident

Dylan O’Brien has opened up about the on-set accident he suffered during production on Maze Runner: The Death Cure, admitting that it was so traumatic he almost quit acting altogether.

O’Brien was hit by a stunt car while filming the final installment to the series. His injuries included facial fractures, a concussion, and brain trauma. After several months, O’Brien was able to return to work, and eventually finished filming on The Death Cure.

Dylan O'Brien in The Maze Runner (Credit: 20th Century Fox)
Dylan O'Brien in The Maze Runner (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

During his appearance on Variety’s The Big Ticket with Marc Malkin, O’Brien said that he had a “really hard comeback” after the accident, especially because so much trust had been broken.

"I loved what I did. I loved being on set, it was my favourite place in the world. I loved my crew. My crews are my families, my life, my worlds. I put my trust into them and I think that was a piece of what made it so hard, having that so viciously and scarily broken one time."

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It was at this point that he said the incident “completely rewired” how he felt about shooting, before the admitted that there was even a point where he believed he’d never take part in a production again.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 09: Dylan O'Brien   arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Bumblebee" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 09, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 09: Dylan O'Brien arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Bumblebee" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 09, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

O’Brien made enough of a recovery to return to filming, although he is now, understandably, “hyper vigilant,” especially when it comes to stunt work and action scenes.

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“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.”