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Dylan O'Brien Exclusive – The Action in 'American Assassin' was 'Brutal'

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Film Editor
Updated: 12 September 2017

Dylan O’Brien is back on the big screen in his most action-packed role to date. We spoke to the Maze Runner star about what it was like to get stuck into the violent fight scenes of American Assassin

Based on a popular book by Vince Flynn, American Assassin sees 23-year-old Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) take action against a group of extremists who carry out a terror attack on a beach that kills his fiancee. Rapp is flagged to the CIA and subsequently enlisted by a Black Ops unit led by grizzled veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).

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The film traces the steps Rapp undertakes from lone vigilante to valuable government asset.

O’Brien spoke to us about filming the opening scenes of the film, including how he worked with his dad on the initial attack sequence. We also spoke about what it was like getting stuck into the action scenes and dealing with serious topics that are currently in the news.

American Assassin is released in the UK on September 14.