Some people search his face for scars. Others ask the year-old actor questions about the accident in that nearly cut short his career and could have ended his life.
For more than a year, he was able to dodge that scrutiny and recover in private. Now, with a new movie coming out and a press tour required to promote it, things are different. I just knew that eventually, I would have to be asked about this. Pulled from one vehicle, he was reportedly struck by another, leaving him with a concussion, facial fracture, and brain trauma among his injuries. Production shut down for several weeks, then indefinitely.
Kristen Stewart has been acting since she was a preteen, and at 14, Emma Stone put together a PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents to move to Los Angeles so she could go on auditions. But young American men seem come to acting differently — or indifferently. Channing Tatum was a model and dancer who happened into commercials before becoming a movie star.
Chris Pratt happily toiled in obscurity as a Bubba Gump waiter in Hawaii when he was convinced by a customer to act in her film. Once he figured that out, he committed hard. This version skewed darker and filled its cast with hunks, with the howls meant to come from the audience each time a sexy werewolf stripped off his shirt. He felt like yours, too. Even on my first day on the pilot, when my work finished for the day but then they were going to this other location to shoot another scene, I just went with them.
Related Stories Maze Runner: The Death Cure, he committed to star in American Assassin, which would represent his biggest break so far from youth-driven fare. Long hours on set, delivering a performance and carrying a movie … it just makes your palms sweat. It would really, really piss me off. Lost in a rabbit hole of grief, Rapp spends the next few months weaponizing his anger and decides to hunt down her killers himself. Tell them to leave me alone, I need more time.
It was a daunting regimen of learning fight choreography and adding muscle to his frame that would take a lot of work for any actor, let alone one who was still reeling from his physical nadir.
And so, at the end of July, he recommitted to American Assassin. With his father and girlfriend Britt Robertson by his side, he questioned whether he could continue. He was in it, as much as you can be in it. With his father there, he could be fearless.
Sitting in front of me at lunch, he looks every inch the movie star he was before: He is candid about what it took to get to this point, though, and even after filming American Assassin, the question remained: Was he ready to finish Maze Runner: The Death Cure, putting to bed the series that had given him so much and taken plenty, too?
He even found time to return to the final season of Teen Wolf, which had written around his absence while he recovered.