While filming in Morocco on Monday, a set piece — an iron bar — was dislodged and fell on his head, leaving his nose broken in two places and busting parts of his head open. He was airlifted to a hospital in Casablanca for treatment.
“We are happy to report that he is in great spirits and is expected to make a full recovery,” Fox said in a statement. “He wanted us to express his appreciation to the fans around the world who have expressed their concern and support, and to reassure them that he will be back at work very soon.”
The accident will not affect production, which will proceed as Purcell recovers. Fox plans to shoot all of Purcell’s regularly planned scenes when he returns.
Purcell also took to his Instagram account to share news and photos of the accident with fans, writing “I’m good. Thanks for the support.”
“Had a little accident on set. Haha! Back at work ASAP,” wrote Purcell. “Pays to have a thick skull when an iron bar falls on your head busting it open severely. Also broke my nose in two places. Haha. I got a free nose job out of it. Stoked to be alive. All good.”
“Doc said I have an unusually tough tissue fiber that’s what saved me apparently. Thank god for my Viking heritage hahaha,” he added.