The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is the second installment in the popular young adult series that is hitting theaters September 18th. In this second part of the series, The Gladers: Thomas (Dylan O’ Brien), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) have escaped the Maze and must now survive in a desolate landscape known as “the scorch.” The scorch is true to it’s name as it’s drastic elements offer plenty of challenges, but add to that, the zombie like creatures that live in the darkness and attack when stirred. The crew meets several along the way, including Jorge (Giancarlo Esposito) and Brenda (Rosa Salazar) who offer to help them find the way to the safe haven, but when WICKED catches up to them, who will save who?
We had a chance to sit down with the cast and talk about the injuries on set, pranks, sand and more. Read on to see the 5 fun facts from the cast of The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and then make sure to enter the giveaway for an autographed book by the cast!
Plenty of injuries on set- Albuquerque or ancient relics to blame?
Dexter Darden: I think Albuquerque’s just kind of a different beast because you’re dealing with altitude and you’re dealing with less oxygen as well. And this movie was definitely more physical. So, I think when we all were kind of getting injured and going to the hospitals, towards the end of the shoot. And so, I think our bodies were just kind of running down and just saying, hey, slow down a little bit. You guys are going to get through. And so that’s what it was.
Ki Hong Lee: We were shooting on an ancient Indian burial ground.
Kaya Scodelario: And they told us not to touch anything because we’d be cursed. And Thomas took some home.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster: I only took a skull.
Kaya Scodelario: Yes. And five of us ended up in hospital.
Dexter Darden: I definitely brought somebody home.
Kaya Scodelario: It’s Thomas’ fault.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster: Sorry, guys.
Dylan O’Brien: I took a rock, and then I returned it.
Kaya Scodelario: Yes. You are okay.
Dylan O’Brien: I’m off the hook.
Sand is not the cast’s friend
Kaya Scodelario: Kill me if I ever see sand again in my life. I don’t ever want to see a grain of sand again. It was great.
Dylan O’Brien: Not so much as a grain.
Ki Hong Lee: It was, It was better when they had the big fans, and they were throwing sand in the, in the fan so the, more sand can get in our faces.
Kaya Scodelario: Yes. You’re inhaling the sand. Do you remember that when they literally throwing buckets of sand–.
Dexter Darden: Throwing the sand.
Kaya Scodelario: –in front of the fans.
Dexter Darden: You get in the shower, and it just…
So, how long did it take to get the sand off of you?
Dylan O’Brien: Weeks. Weeks.
Kaya Scodelario: Months.
Dexter Darden: I just found some yesterday.
Don’t mess with Dexter Darden’s Le Bron’s
Dylan O’Brien: Oh, totally. Dex loves his shoes. He was out one night and a few of us were home, and he had the game system. So, we wanted to get into his room to get the Mario Kart. And while we were in there, too, he had his new shoes that he had just gotten that he was like all about. The new Jordans?
Dexter Darden: The LeBrons?
Dylan O’Brien: The LeBrons. And I’m a huge sneaker head as well. And basically we all thought it would be funny in our goofy, giggly manner to take Dex’s shoes, and have him have that horrible moment of going where the heck are my LeBrons? It wasn’t that funny.
Dexter Darden: No.
Kaya Scodelario: How did you take it?
Dylan O’Brien: It didn’t go that well.
Dexter Darden: They opened the door, and I was like–.
Dylan O’Brien: “Where my shoes?”
Dexter Darden: “Where my shoes?” That was it, but–.
Dylan O’Brien: I’m sorry.[…] We never want to hurt each other’s feelings.
Kaya Scodelario: No.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster: We laugh around and have a good time. And I suppose if you explain the story and you explain what we’re laughing at, it’s probably not that funny to an outsider. We just have fun.
Giancarlo Esposito and Rosa Salazar love the ambiguity of their characters relationship
Giancarlo Esposito: Well that was something that I really loved because when I first read the script, I didn’t know whether they were lovers —
Rosa Salazar: — It was vague. I liked that. —
Giancarlo Esposito: — if he was her dad. I loved that. Because there’s something really beautiful about a relationship that exists in this very —
Rosa Salazar: — Partners to the utmost, you know?
Giancarlo Esposito: Partners. Exactly.
Rosa Salazar: I have that in my life actually, which is pretty interesting. I liked that too and read the script. It was very ambiguous on purpose, and thanks to Wes, it remained that way. Not all relationships need to be explained. I always call it “chosen family”, and I have people like that in my life where people are like, “Is that your, who? Is that your cousin, your boyfriend, or your buddy?” And I’m like all three on any given day.
Giancarlo Esposito: That’s right.
Rosa Salazar: It’s sort of like you are getting by because this person is by your side, and you are partners. And especially in a fantastical situation like this, in a very dire situation like this, this is gold to have someone to rely on in a world that has been completely all of the life sucked right out of it. It’s really nice to have in the scorch.
Giancarlo Esposito: Yes it is.
Rosa and Giancarlo both recognize that they share unique traits with their character- tenacity and savior
Rosa Salazar: I feel like I have cultivated this tenacity over the years. I didn’t have a very picture perfect upbringing, so that kind of primed me for life. A lot of people will hear what I went through – I grew up in the foster system, and I emancipated myself, which is a lot better than some people have, but when they here, like, “Oh my gosh. That’s so terrible.” And, I’m like, well actually the world can be a pretty bleak and lonely and sort of competitive place, and if anything, it primed me to be able to handle that.
Giancarlo Esposito: I’ve always been the savior. That’s who I’ve been. I’ve always been the one who has wanted to be and has been the savior. I mean I have a mom who dropped out 40 years ago, and I’ve been taking care for literally 40 years and trying to find ways to have her be mentally sound and try to keep her comfortable and try to make her well. And I’ve always had inside of me the idea that we can help each other. It’s less about the I and me and more about the we and the us. And so I recognized that about Jorge. He’s found a place to save a bunch of people for as long as he can, and that makes him feel good but also allows them, empowers them to be able to have a moment, to be educated, to get strong — whatever it is — to be able to fight the next battle.
The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials opens September 18 and is rated PG-13.
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