During the interview, O’Brien told hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that the cast of the Maze Runner sequel shot part of the film at an ancient Indian burial ground.
‘Native American culture and communities deserve more respect than you apparently showed while filming Maze Runner.
As said by the author of the best selling novel Maze Runner The Scorch Trials this movie has been adapted into Hollywood by Wes Ball. “If any artifacts were mishandled or removed from the location, we will do everything to ensure they are restored”.
In an online petition, 19-year-old Maze Runner fan Maeve Cunningham said she found the tone of the interview, as well as its revelations “disturbing” and called on O’Brien and fellow cast members to apologise to tribal leaders. O’Brien says he had to leave filming early due to a fever.
Cunningham told Yahoo on Tuesday: ‘Native American rights are important to me, and hearing someone who you have a lot of respect for completely disregard someone else’s culture and basic human rights in such a disrespecting manner was just this big letdown for me.
A representative for O’Brien did not immediately return an email from the AP.
“It hadn’t been used for filming ever before”, said O’Brien. “Twentieth Century Fox has been extremely cooperative and shares the Film Office’s concern and sensitivity toward the matter”, Maniatis said.
Roch Hart, who manages Diamond Tail Ranch, tells TMZ.com, “If the artefacts are not returned, we will be contacting our attorney”. Jeep tours of the area bring tourists to the mountainous region where artifacts and petroglyphs can be spotted up close. “We didn’t care if you were in the film or not”.
O’Brien spilled the beans about jacking the stuff a couple weeks ago on “Live with Kelly & Michael” – and did it in a pretty insensitive way… admitting they’d been warned to leave any native artifacts they might stumble upon during filming. “When you remove an item, you destroy the archaeological information in the contexts it provides”.