Dylan O’Brien says acting helped recovery from set injuries

Updated 8:10 pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dylan O’Brien says that sticking with his lead role in the action movie “American Assassin” helped him recover from a traumatic accident during filming of a “Maze Runner” sequel in March 2016.

O’Brien told The Associated Press on Monday that being back on a set was a necessary step in his recovery. He said at times after the accident he felt like he wasn’t going to be able to return to filming, but he didn’t want to let acting go.

“It really helped a lot, actually. It sort of became in a way that step that I needed in recovery to know I could do it again, I could still be on a set and things could be done in the right way, too, and things could be done safely in the way that they’re supposed to be done,” O’Brien said.

“American Assassin” involved numerous stunts and fight scenes.

“I didn’t want to let go. It would have been hard to say you know, ‘Ah, forget it. I’m not going to be able to make it.’ Which I did genuinely feel for the longest time. But I just — I decided that it was probably going to be best for me mentally actually to do it.”

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