In­juries keep John go­ing

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It’s com­mon for ac­tors to get hurt on the sets and in most cases, such in­ci­dents end up de­lay­ing shoot­ing sched­ules, as the ac­tor needs time to re­cu­per­ate. But John Abra­ham’s dif­fer­ent.

The 43-year-old suf­fered a knee in­jury in Oc­to­ber last year (while shoot­ing for di­rec­tor Ab­hi­nay Deo’s film), for which he had to un­dergo surgery. But that didn’t stop him from per­form­ing a stunt for an­other film within 15 days of the pro­ce­dure.

“When you sign an ac­tion film, you have to pay the price for it. I love get­ting hurt; I don’t have a prob­lem with that. That is why af­ter my surgery, even though I came back home on crutches, within 15 days, I did an ac­tion se­quence for Ro­hit’s (Dhawan; di­rec­tor) film,” says John. He adds that for his up­com­ing film (di­rected by Nishikant Ka­mat), he “suf­fered two hair­line cracks” in both his hands, and cracked his skull “a bit”.

For his next, the ac­tor spent an en­tire month in Thai­land, learn­ing dif­fer­ent mar­tial arts. Ap­par­ently, he trained for 16 hours a day, some­times even prac­tis­ing dif­fer­ent forms with knives. “You can en­sure that the knives are blunt, but it’s still dan­ger­ous. So, when I came back from Thai­land my body was full of black and blue marks. Some cuts would open up ev­ery time I had a bath. I didn’t know which side to sleep on. But the pain was worth it, the ac­tion se­quences in the film look amaz­ing,” says John.

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