Dylan O’Brien Was Hesitant to Take Action Role After Serious ‘Maze Runner’ Injury

Back at it! After Dylan O’Brien suffered a serious injury doing stunts on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the actor is tackling a new role in the action movie American Assassin. He’s playing Mitch Rapp, whose goal is hunting and killing terrorists after his girlfriend is killed by one.

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But the actor, 25, admitted that he had some hesitation to take on another role requiring dangerous stunts so soon after his recovery.

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Dylan O’Brien attends the MTV Teen Wolf Los Angeles premiere party in 2015. Mike Windle/Getty Images Mike Windle/Getty Images

“The state that you’re in after something like that … you just want to run from like, all that stuff,” he revealed to Entertainment Tonight on Monday, July 24. “I didn’t even really want to leave my couch necessarily when I was allowed to, so yeah, it was a big step doing this.”

As previously reported, O’Brien was thrown from a vehicle while filming Maze Runner in March 2016 and then hit by another vehicle, causing him to sustain a concussion and multiple lacerations. Production was temporarily shut down following his injury.

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The Teen Wolf star said getting back to work on the new movie actually helped him.

“At the time that I came in, and what I was coming off of, I was still at the very end of recovery there when I started, so that was probably the biggest challenge,” O’Brien explained of starting Assassin. “All the training was very good for my mind and very good for recovery, in a way. It became part of my daily schedule. It really ended up being [therapeutic]. It came at a great time for me.”

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American Assassin hits theaters September 15.

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