THE MAZE RUNNER Cast Gives Us Behind the Scenes Scoop!
DYLAN O’BRIEN SHARED STORIES WITH KPF’S CASSANDRA
With a movie surrounding the premise of a maze plagued by monsters called Grievers, there’s sure to be plenty behind-the-scenes footage of complex action-stunt sets. Dylan O’Brien describes a scene in the movie where his character Thomas flees from a Griever by jumping onto ivy vines that cover the maze walls. During filming, O’Brien was up on the wires for an entire 12-hour day—the crew even brought the food to him during breaks. Director Wes Ball used actual ivy on the film set.
“In the scene, I’m running away from the griever and it jumps on the wall over me, so [the crew] shook the wall and debris was shaking down. It kept getting in my eyes,” he laughed. ‘Wes would be like, “I got it baby, don’t need the medic.’ And he’d come over and just take it out of my eye. Before I was never someone who was comfortable with people touching their eyeball, but now I am.”
The Maze Runner still of Dylan O’Brien and Ki Hong LeeThe cast also had to deal with a slippery set. Characters called Runners are sent out into the maze to map it every day. In action-packed sequences, they run for their lives from Grievers, and filming that was no easy task.
According to O’Brien, the maze was hosed down and packed with real mud. This proved to be tricky—even dangerous—for the cast.
“There’s a scene in there when I pulled my hamstring when I was running,” says Ki Hong Lee, who plays Minho, the Keeper of Runners. “We would literally run all day, 12-14 hours in an abandoned parking lot. Even inside the maze, I fell three times.”
Even so, the cast picked up their heads and continued to run under the watchful eye of their director.
“Wes says this a thousand times: ‘Pain is temporary but film is forever,'” says O’Brien. “He drives us into the ground but it’s fun and awesome. I love sprinting, so this was perfect, but also exhausting. Wes’s philosophy always came into play.”
And after a month of working hard together, it’s natural that the cast found themselves bonding like a family. Kaya Scodelario plays the only girl in the movie, but at no time did she feel like the boys treated her differently. In fact, the cast calls her “laddish.”
The strong bromance on set definitely had its consequences—which fans will love to see on the DVD extras.
“Apparently there’s a 20-minute gag reel, and I don’t know if that speaks to our professionalism,” jokes Will Poulter, who plays Gally. “It’s 20 minutes of us cracking up and not doing our jobs properly.”
Run with the Gladers when The Maze Runner opens in theaters, Sept. 19.