‘Maze Runner’ Director Addresses Dylan O’Brien’s On-Set Injury

Dylan O'Brien Injured: 'Maze Runner' Director
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Maze Runner” director Wes Ball has spoken up about the on-set accident that left franchise star Dylan O’Brien in the hospital Thursday.

O’Brien was injured on the set of the YA series’ third installment, unfortunately titled “The Death Cure,” filming a scene that involved a vehicle.

“Well, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions these past few days,” Ball wrote in a letter (an image of which he tweeted on Saturday). “I’ve been overwhelmed with feelings of anger and sadness and guilt. But, ultimately I find myself left with a deep love and respect for Dylan. He is one tough cookie. I’m sorry for the grief this accident has caused his friends and family as well as my wonderful cast and crew. It’s scary seeing your friend get hurt, but fortunately, Dylan is going to be just fine. After a few weeks of rest and recovery he’ll be back up and running to finish our adventure together. All the best.”

Ball — who directed the 2014 original and 2015 follow-up “The Scorch Trials” — was not the only member of the “Maze Runner” team to share well-wishing messages about the injured actor. “Maze Runner” series author James Dashner tweeted his condolences on Friday.

“I just want to let everyone know that yes, Dylan was hurt, but that he’s going to be okay,” he said. “Not life threatening in any way,” adding, “Production is postponed but certainly not cancelled. All that matters now is that Dylan recovers. We love you, Dylan!!!”

The first chapter in the “Maze Runner” saga grossed $102 million in U.S. receipts, and “The Scorch Trials” tallied $82 million in domestic box office. “Death Cure,” the third installment, will bow on Feb. 17, 2017.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    He’s just a generic cute guy with a credible presence on the screen. He stands out in no way and there are thousands of actors quite similar that have either gotten lucky or just haven’t. That’s the way this biz works sometimes. I used to work with NY actors. I had a good friend who went to one audition after another for years to no avail like so very many. One day during those years I was on an elevator alone with a woman who was checking me out fiercely. She badgered me for a while to audition for a part that I guess she thought I was physically perfect for, but I am not an actor. My friend was pissed. But again, that’s the way this biz goes sometimes. Unless you are a major talent, luck plays so much into being successful in this business and even then, some major talents too never get their opportunity. At that time, the stats were that 85% of all actors were out of work at any point in time. That was in the 70’s & 80’s. I doubt much has changed since, though there are more mediums now, so maybe less are out of work than way back then.

    • Steven Burgas says:

      So he deserved to be injured?

      The rest of your post is also completely off-base, and reads like a very poor fantasy.

    • satireknight says:

      Actually, he’s quite a scene-stealer in “Teen Wolf.” Very funny.

      And thank you for informing us how you are so gorgeous that some woman was trying to make you a star. That was completely necessary and not at all self-serving.

      • Andrew says:

        He was quite a scene stealer in Teen Wolf because of the writing. But that was only in the early seasons. Now he has really bad acting moments in Teen Wolf, too, as his character’s storyline isn’t as good as in the earlier seasons.
        I have to agree that he’s just a generic guy that got very lucky. There’s nothing special about him. He got the best written character in Teen Wolf (the funny, cute sidekick with a sad past. The human best friend to the supernatural hero. That’s a character most people flock to no matter what TV show or movie it is).
        But he has parents that work in the business and his friendgroup consists of many known young Hollywood actors. That certainly helps with getting good roles in Hollywood.

  2. Good Luck says:

    Let the lawsuits begin.

    • stilinski3 says:

      Get lost. He is the talent in Teen Wolf. He isn’t generic at all, otherwise every single actor/actress in Hollywood would be generic, as there are many versions of the same thing all over Hollywood. How about you shut up and stop talking trash and being jealous of 24 year old kid, who has worked his ass off to get where he is!

  3. Brad says:

    This picture makes him look gaunt and starved.

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