In the next five months, Dylan O’Brien stars in American Assassin, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and the series finale Teen Wolf, the show that launched him to stardom. But in March of 2016, there was a question of whether O’Brien would return to acting at all when production shut down on Maze Runner: The Death Cure after O’Brien was seriously injured while performing a stunt on the film. Although the full extent of his injuries remains somewhat of a mystery, Vulture reports he had a concussion, facial fracture, and brain trauma among his injuries. Following the incident, it would be five months before so much as a photo surfaced of O’Brien,
And in a new interview with Vulture, O’Brien revealed he wasn’t always sure if he’d get back in front of the camera. “There was a time there where I didn’t know if I would ever do it again … and that thought scared me, too,” O’Brien said.
During the sit-down, O’Brien was candid about his recovery and how, ultimately, the incident helped him to connect to his character in American Assassin (who loses his fiancée to sudden violence). “I also had this really interesting, deeper connection to this character over the course of those four months because of what I was going through,” he says. “I felt like I could portray that and wanted to be the one to do that justice — it was almost like an honor for me at that point. But at the same time, I was still in such a fragile personal state that I had this other force telling me, like, ‘No f–king way’ that I can do it. ‘This is too soon, too soon. Tell them to leave me alone, I need more time.’”
In addition to Assassin, O’Brien was able to finish work on the final season of Teen Wolf and even return to Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which is now set for a January 2018 release.
This isn’t the first time O’Brien has discussed his accident. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in July, the actor explained how he faced a difficult road back.
“The state that you’re in after something like that, you just want to run from all that stuff,” O’Brien told Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
For more, check out his entire chat with Vulture here. American Assassin is out this month.