Stephen Amell injures back on set of Starz series ‘Heels’
Stephen Amell has faced yet another takedown on the set of his new Starz wrestling series “Heels.”
Amell, 39, is recuperating from a back injury he suffered while filming a stunt earlier this week in Atlanta, TV Line reported on Friday.
“While performing a stunt on the set of ‘Heels’ this week, Stephen Amell sustained an injury to his back,” Starz said in a statement to The Post. “Following a medical evaluation, he is now resting and recovering at home in anticipation of his return to set. Production continues as Stephen recuperates.”
The full extent of his injury was not revealed. However, when contacted by The Post, show spokespeople said that production “was following all requisite stunt safety protocols at the time of the incident.”
Amell was assessed by on-set medical personnel and stunt coordinators immediately following the incident. Stunts are rehearsed before they are executed, with a stunt coordinator and stunt and wrestling trainers on the set any time actors engage in physical activities.
The “Arrow” alum’s mishap came around the time he opened up about testing positive for COVID-19 while filming and dropped 15 pounds while sidelined for several weeks.
“When I got the positive test … it became, holy f - - k, I just destroyed this show because I’m No. 1 on the call sheet and I work every day more or less,” he told Michael Rosenbaum during a recent episode of the “Inside of You” podcast. “I’m in my head going, ‘S - - t, they’re going to have to shut down the production. We’re not yet done with the first block of two episodes. Did I just ruin this?’ ”
While Amell has been cagey about how he may have contracted the coronavirus, on Thursday, insiders revealed to Page Six that they suspect a birthday party for his 35-year-old wife, Cassandra Jean, in Palm Springs this month could be worth a look.
Amell said his symptoms included significant loss of appetite, chills, dizziness and a plugged ear. But his main concern was how it would affect those he was working with and the show overall.
“My anxiety came from the idea that I would be letting hundreds of people down,” he said.
“Not everyone has the luxury of taking two weeks off. In fact, most people don’t,” he added. “We are in the midst of a global pandemic and times are tough for a lot of people.”
Just last Saturday, a T-shirt-and-shorts-wearing Amell shared a photo on Twitter of himself upright and taking a stroll, presumably while shooting the series post-diagnosis.
“So good to be back working away on Heels. We’ve got great leadership and a super f - - king solid crew,” he wrote before wryly noting about his attire, “Plus, short shorts.”
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