Earlier this month, we reported Prison Break star Dominic Purcell was seriously injured on the set of FOX’s upcoming revival series. Recently, the actor revealed the grisly details about his injuries to Deadline.
Purcell plays Lincoln Burrows on the action drama. The cast also includes Wentworth Millers and Sarah Wayne Callies.
On set in Morocco, an iron bar fell on Purcell’s head, resulting in a broken nose, arm wounds, and two deep head gashes that required more than 150 stitches total. The actor says he’s okay now, but thought he was going to die when the accident happened:
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…”
He added that there were no medical facilities close by, and he had to be rushed to a hospital by helicopter:
The first hospital or clinic was closed; we’re in Ouarzazate (Morocco) — where American Sniper, and Black Hawk Down, and all these great films were made — which is in the middle of nowhere. The medical infrastructure isn’t the best, and they took me to another hospital. I walked in and there were cats walking in the hospital. Again, I was in shock, still, and I walked into this little surgery place, and a whole bunch of doctors were just arguing over who was gonna work on me, and there were blood stains on the sheet. I sat there and looked at everyone, and I just calmly got off this operating table and walked out of the hospital. And that’s when my girl, AnnaLynne, she just took control, poured alcohol on my head, and wrapped me up in gauze, and then Fox got a helicopter and they flew me out from Ouarzazate to Casablanca.”
Despite the severe injuries, production on the Prison Break revival will continue. The series is expected to premiere on FOX in early 2017.
Here’s a photo of Purcell post-injury from his Instagram:
I can't thank this man enough Dr bensouda one of the best plastic surgeons in #morocco and globally. He's care and friendship took so much pressure and anxiety of my shoulders. My deepest gratitude Doc…. He said in a quiet moment after a couple of wines how truly lucky I am to be alive. And only my rare skin thickness surrounding my skull stopped the fatal blow. I've never been more grateful for being a " meat head ". Much love sir.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Prison Break? Will you watch the new revival?