Thomas Brodie-Sangster looks younger than he is. He’s presently 25, but he doesn’t look to different from when he was a kid, when he acted in movies like “Love Actually” and “Nanny McPhee.” Naturally he’s still getting cast as youths. In the sequel “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” he reprises the role of Newt, one of a coterie of young people whose dystopian future involves being trapped in a booby-trapped, super-sized maze.
How did you prepare for the physical demands of the new movie?
It’s kind of a boot camp. I mean, that’s kind of a strong word. We went out a couple of weeks beforehand, just because Albuquerque is 5,000 feet above sea level, so the oxygen levels up there are quite different. It’s very easy to feel out of breath quickly. If you’re doing physical work, it does make a difference. You can feel it. Also it’s very dry. You’re kind of dried out. Your lips and eyes are crispy, and you wake up feeling weird. We went out two weeks beforehand and worked with our stunt crew who specialize in parkour and we went for desert runs.
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During the film, it’s obvious that each character looks out for each other. Is that what it’s like off-set?
Very much so, and I think that’s why we get that feeling within the film. We are incredibly lucky to get on that well because it’s very easy to take our off-set relationships into our characters. I think it makes the whole group feeling thing that much stronger.
What do you think about the future for young people?
I’ve always had the view that it’s not my place to see the future, but then again there’s the responsibility to think about the future. I believe in humanity, I believe in mankind and I believe that the natural instinct is to be kind. It’s only through bad experiences and upbringing that you end up with people who aren’t humanitarian. So I believe we’re good, but it’s kind of not my place to say.