Dominic Purcell Gives Insight into the ‘Prison Break’ Reboot as He Preps to Return to Set

     June 12, 2016


After sustaining some pretty gnarly injuriesPrison Break star Dominic Purcell is apparently back on the mend and feeling up to talking about plans for the upcoming Fox event-series. Twelve days after the on-set injury, Purcell himself confirmed he’s ready to get back into filming on Monday. The production was on a location shoot in Morocco, which was a stand-in for war-torn Yemen as the setting of the series’ new story; they’ll return to Vancouver starting next week.

In a chat with Deadline, Purcell recalled the moment of the injury and the difficulty of finding sufficient medical attention in rural Morocco. Always the professional, he then delves into some of the details for the planned nine-episode event series on Fox and talks about whether or not the injury will be worked into the show or if it prevented him from completing any scenes. Purcell often plays the tough guy on screen, and it’s plain to see that that aspect of his characters isn’t too different from his real-life resiliency.


Image via Dominic Purcell

First of all, Deadline checked in with Purcell concerning how he was feeling after the injury:

Physically, I’m fine. The accident was shocking, more than anything else. I mean, it was a scene where I was running into the prison, and I felt this extraordinary explosion on my head that I’d never experienced. It wasn’t like someone was slowly cutting my arm kind of pain; it was this sudden explosion. I dropped to my knees, and I was in shock. It was like, what the f**k has just happened to me? And then I’m just leaning over and the blood is just pouring out like a shower, and my stunt guy came up beside me, and I looked at him and said, “Dude, what the f**k’s going on? What happened?” And he said, “Your head’s split right open, I can see your skull, your nose is on the other side of your face. I kind of just sat there for a moment in shock. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this — I expected that I was either going to black out or die, because in my brain, when he said my skull was showing, I just assumed that my skull was cracked, and blood was going to go into my brain, and I was going to f**king die in Morocco. I thought I was going to die…


Physically, I’m one hundred percent. You wouldn’t believe it—you saw the pictures—I’m good to go. I actually start filming Prison Break on Monday.


Image via Fox

Be sure to head over to Deadline for more on Purcell’s medical ordeal, including the actual cause of the trauma and the folks responsible for helping to patch him back up and give him the all-clear. Now, as for Prison Break, Purcell clarified just how the scene in which he was injured was supposed to go:

It was just basically me running into this prison to look for my brother, Michael (Wentworth Miller). I can’t reveal too much of the plot, obviously, but there was a reason why I was running in, and a reason why all the guards were running out of the prison. Because basically, the regime in Yemen had collapsed, it was in complete chaos and turmoil, and the gates were open so all the prisoners were released. And I’m running in trying to get through and find Michael, and I can’t. But then the iron bar hit me on the head, and apparently, the whole cage then collapsed on me after I hit the ground. But I didn’t feel that.

Purcell further elaborated on the event series’ central plot:

It’s tying into what’s going on in the world today with terrorism. The show is taking place in Yemen; we’re dealing with ISIS and ISA, and obviously we left off with Michael presumably dead. He wasn’t, he ended up working for this organization. It got to the point where he couldn’t do it anymore, and they threw him in a jail in Yemen to change his mind. He didn’t change his mind, they set him up…Paul Scheuring has written all of the nine episodes. Honestly, the fans are going to be blown away by this. It’s really a riveting, high-tension thriller. It’s an extraordinary, extraordinary show. I’ve seen the dailies of it, and it looks like a cross between Bourne Identity and American Sniper. It’s crazy. It’s really, really cool.

The good news is that Purcell, who’s clearly tougher than an iron bar and an entire steel cage, barely missed a beat. His stunt double had to fill in for some of the shots, but once they get back to Vancouver, they’ll stitch those scenes up with tight shots on Purcell himself. As a bonus, his facial injuries will be written into the script as a gritty example of art imitating life, or the most method actor coming to TV this midseason.

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