‘Maze Runner’ Cast DID Steal Native American Artifacts, Despite Studio Denial
Dylan O’Brien and the Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials cast did not steal Native American artifacts from the movie’s Albuquerque, New Mexico set, says the film’s studio, but Gossip Cop exclusively hears some actors did take objects but have since quietly returned them.
As Gossip Cop reported, O’Brien said in an interview on “Live with Kelly and Michael” (video below), he and other cast members took souvenirs from the historic site. The actor noted everyone in the production was told to “respect the grounds” and “don’t take any artifacts,” but “everyone” did anyway.
O’Brien even regaled the morning show hosts with how those who stole the sacred objects were later cursed with a variety of ailments. He said he got sick while others suffered a broken angle and an appendicitis.
A petition later circulated, demanding that the Scorch Trials cast apologize and return the Native American artifacts. But now the studio behind the successful movie franchise claims nothing was actually removed from the site. A spokesman says, “Twentieth Century Fox and the entire Scorch Trials production have deep respect for the local Native American culture and environment and are sorry that any actions or statements by people involved in the production led to any suggestion that our intentions were anything but deferential or that anything was taken from the area.”
But Gossip Cop has been told by a source close to the production that Native American artifacts were indeed removed from the sacred site, where the movie was filmed, but “they’ve been returned” now. Neither O’Brien nor his rep have commented on the controversy. Note: Video no longer available.