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Kristie Bertucci
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

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British actors on special bonds they made filming The Maze Runner

The New Paper | Kristie Bertucci | Friday, Sep 12, 2014

A scene in the Maze Runner.

LOS ANGELES - The Maze Runner may be the latest Young Adult (YA) novel to be adapted for the big screen, but unlike its other YA-turned-movie contemporaries, the flick had a meagre production budget and it does not star any big names (by Hollywood A-list standards).

That said, the under-the-radar movie stars may well become household names.

The Maze Runner's plot is also a deviation from the norm, focusing on brotherhood and camaraderie rather than a love triangle.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, 24, and Will Poulter, 21, are known faces in the UK and at the film's press junket at the swanky SLS hotel you could be forgiven for thinking they had been best friends since birth.

The duo talked to M about their new-found friendship with fellow cast members and what makes The Maze Runner so different.

You guys seem pretty close. So you still hang out outside of all this?

Thomas: Yeah, very much so. I mean, just for this brief tour we're doing in LA, Alex Flores (he plays Winston) who lives in New York flew over just so that he could come see us and hang out.

This happens all the time - we were just chilling at the beach yesterday.

Does that usually happen in the movies you guys make?

Will: No. We've both had the experience of being a part of an ensemble cast before, but this is unique.

You naturally get quite close to the people you work with, but it's rare that you stay in touch for such a long time afterwards.

What do you think was different with this film that made you do that?

Thomas: I think Wes (Ball, the director) worked very hard to get people who could do the roles well rather than just go for a face or name.

On top of that, I think we just lucked out with the fact that we just all got on. We're all quite different in our own ways.

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