How Dylan O’Brien Bounced Back After His Injuries on The Death Cure Set

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A year and a half ago marked a terrifying time in Dylan O’Brien‘s career… and life, as a whole. Mere days after shooting began on the third and final installment in the Maze Runner trilogy, The Death Cure, the franchise’s leading actor was in an awful accident on the set. His injuries ranged from “multiple broken bones” to a “concussion, facial fracture and lacerations.”

However, despite undergoing the pain of being THROWN FROM A VEHICLE and being STRUCK BY ANOTHER VEHICLE, the 25-year-old actor is not only on the mend, but he endured rather intense combat training in the months following the devastating event. Talk about a comeback!

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Teen Wolf star explains how he was apprehensive about taking the part of a CIA black ops hit man in the upcoming American Assassin flick at first, saying, “The state that you’re in after something like that, you just want to run from all that stuff. I didn’t really even want to leave my couch necessarily when I was allowed to, so yeah, it was a big step doing this.”

But he went through with the whole gig anyway. “I ultimately decided that I wanted to try it and I didn’t want to let it go,” he adds. “It ended up being really instrumental in the whole process.”

His castmates were incredibly supportive as well. “We had to go through the choreography for the [fights] because I was aware [of his previous injuries],” Michael Keaton reveals. “I didn’t want to talk to him about it or bug him about it or remind him, but I had to know how close he could get, how close he can’t get, what side do I flip him on, because I don’t want him to hit that area. So it made it harder, but in a way, it was better. You had to be very specific about every move you made.”

Thankfully, he’s doing well, and his career hasn’t suffered either — not even the film that caused his injuries, Maze Runner: The Death Cure.

Though production was shut down following the incident, it resumed in March of this year. According to DB, the plan is still to make it “the best movie out of the three.”