Josh Peck, 26, half of the starring duo of Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh, along with Drake Bell, is embarking on roles with more grownup themes, as he proves in his new film, Red Dawn, the reboot of the 1984 action-drama by the same name and the directorial debut by stunt coordinator Dan Bradley, which also stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

And the action-adventure flick was enough of a departure from Peck’s previous comedic roles that he incurred some battle scars in the process. “There was a scene where i was trying to save my girlfriend from a school bus and a rifle gets stuck in the seat and butts me in the head,” Peck exclusively told Uinterview. “I got two stitches while we were filming, blood sort of trickled down my face, and I got a free ride to the Detroit Trauma Center.”

Peck had a fine time joking around with the doctor who patched up his wounds, too. “The doctor was like, ‘What happened?’ and I was like, ‘Really, doc?’ … And I said, ‘I was running down a school bus with a machine gun and it butted me in the head.’ And he was like, ‘Ah, it’s the second one I’ve heard today.'”


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While the medical professional might have been a champ at treating blunt injuries caused by machine guns, he still didn’t know who Peck was. “He asked if I was an extra,” Peck told us, “and I was like, ‘No, doc, I’m a pretty big deal.’ But he apparently didn’t think so. … So I was definitely looking like an idiot.”

Red Dawn hits theaters today, November 21.

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