Stephen Amell suffers back injury while performing stunt on the set of Starz wrestling drama series Heels… days after revealing COVID-19 diagnosis
Stephen Amell is recuperating at his home in Georgia after suffering an injury while shooting the upcoming wrestling drama Starz series Heels.
The mishap happened earlier this week as he tried to execute a thoroughly rehearsed stunt, according to TV Line.
‘While performing a stunt on the set of Heels this week, Stephen Amell sustained an injury to his back,’ a representative for Starz confirmed.
‘Following a medical evaluation, he is now resting and recovering at home in anticipation of his return to set. Production continues as Stephen recuperates.’
Sidelined again! Stephen Amell, 39, suffered a back injury earlier this week while performing a stunt on the set of his new Starz wrestling series Heels
Amell, who’s best known for playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in The CW series Arrow (2012-2020), was immediately assessed by the on-set medic and wrestling/stunt coordinators following the injury.
All requisite stunt safety protocols were reportedly being observed at the time of his injury.
As part of production, the Starz series is required to have a stunt coordinator and stunt and wrestling trainers on set while the actors perform physical activities.
It turns out Amell, 39, is a life long professional professional wrestling fan who has made appearances at high-profile professional wrestling promotions, including working a match for WWE in 2015 and for the Ring of Honor in 2017, as well as joining the stables with the Bullet Club and The Elite.
Double whammy! Amell’s back injury comes just days after he revealed on the Inside Of You podcast that he contracted COVID-19
The news of his back injury comes just a few days after the Canadian native revealed he contracted COVID-19, which resulted in the actor having to take a medical leave from the upcoming show.
During an appearance on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast, he maintained he was ‘never worried about the lethal aspect’ of the virus, but did confess to feeling anxiety over ‘letting hundreds of people down,’ who are working hard on Heels.
Production continued while Amell quarantined, a Starz spokesperson told Deadline.
COVID-19 diagnosis: The Canadian native suffered through hot and cold flashes, a plugged right ear, dizziness and a loss of appetite that resulted in a 15 pound weight loss during three weeks of quarantine
‘I have actively, actively, actively tried to avoid contracting this virus. And guess what? I f***ing got it anyway, so be smart. If you’re being smart, stay smart. And if you’re not, you’re just dragging this s**t on longer for everybody else,’ he explained on the podcast.
Amell said he suffered through hot and cold flashes, a plugged right ear, dizziness and a loss of appetite that resulted in a 15 pound weight loss during three weeks of quarantine.
It turns out the series only had to shut down production for one day as a result of his coronavirus diagnosis.
Along with Amell, Heels also stars Alexander Ludwig, Alison Luff, Chris Bauer, Kelli Berglund, Mary McCormack, Allen Maldonado and James Harrison.
Superhero: Amell is best known for playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in The CW series Arrow (2012-2020) that just wrapped after eight seasons