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From Ants on His Arm to a Rock in His Foot: Chase Stokes’ Tumultuous Day on the Set of ‘Outer Banks’

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Chase Stokes, the talented actor who plays the charismatic John B. on Netflix’s Outer Banks, recently had a terrible day on set while filming the show’s third season.  

The unfortunate series of incidents that almost drove Stokes to the verge of insanity were described by Stokes in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

Stokes disclosed that the incident happened while a particularly difficult stunt was being filmed for the third season’s concluding episode. He paused, leaning against a tree, and at once his arm began to burn. “I looked down, and there was a trail of ants going up my arm,” he recalled. “And I was like, ‘This is not happening right now.'”

Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of a disastrous day for Stokes. As he continued filming the stunt, he accidentally hit his head on a tree branch, causing a laceration above his eye. “I just remember looking up and seeing blood running down my face,” he said.

Stokes’ subsequent mishap involved a wardrobe malfunction as if that weren’t bad enough. He had a pair of cargo shorts on during another scene, but they were so baggy that they kept falling down, showing the entire cast and crew his underwear. “I was like, ‘Guys, I’m so sorry,'” he said, laughing at the memory.

But Stokes’ harrowing day didn’t end there. Later, while filming a scene in which he jumps out of his boat, he accidentally lands on a sharp rock and injures his leg. “I was like, ‘This is the worst day of my life,'” he said.

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Unfortunate Experiences

During a latest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Stokes recounted how he had a truly harrowing day on set that began with a painful encounter with poison tree sap and ended with a bird crashing into the back of his head.

Stokes explained that while filming a challenging stunt scene for the season’s final episode, he had to take a break and leaned against a tree to catch his breath. It was at this point that he unknowingly touched poison tree sap, which quickly began to burn and irritate his skin. 

Fortunately, one of the Bajan crew members recognized the issue and quickly took Stokes to a van where they applied ointments to help combat the poison.

After recovering from the poison sap, Stokes began to feel better, but his ordeal was far from over. As he was speaking to his director, he suddenly felt something hit him in the back of his head. 

He turned around to see that it was a bird that had flown straight into him, causing him to jerk forward. “It was a full-on, like, [mimics being hit] jerked my body forward. And I was like, ‘What was that?’ And he goes, ‘Bird. That was a bird. A bird just flew into the back of your head.'”

Despite all the setbacks, Stokes soldiered on and finished filming the episode. Looking back, he can now laugh at the absurdity of the situation. “It was one of those days where it’s like, ‘If it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen,'” he said. “But it’s a funny story to tell now.”

Stokes Encounters

Stokes’ bizarre experience is a reminder that even the most talented and experienced actors can face unexpected challenges and mishaps while filming. However, the fact that he was able to laugh about it and share the story on national television shows his resilience and good humor.

Outer Banks fans can look forward to watching Stokes in action in the upcoming third season, which promises to be just as thrilling and adventurous as the first two. And, who knows, maybe he’ll have a few more wild stories to share from his time on set.

Stokes hailed from Annapolis, Maryland, and grew up in Florida, where he attended the University of Central Florida. Before his breakout role on “Outer Banks,” Stokes made an appearance in various films and TV shows, including “Daytime Divas,” “Tell Me Your Secrets,” and “Stranger Things.”

Stokes’ role as John B. on “Outer Banks” has bagged critical acclaim and a massive fan following. 

The show, which premiered in 2020, follows a group of teenagers who are searching for treasure and trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to John B.’s father. Stokes’ portrayal of John B. is a blend of charisma, charm, and toughness, which has made him one of the most popular characters on the show.

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Presence in Social Media

What sets Stokes apart is his ability to connect with his audience, both on and off the screen. He has an active social media presence and often interacts with his fans through Twitter and Instagram. Stokes uses his platform to raise awareness about social issues and has been an advocate for mental health awareness.

Stokes’ authenticity and relatability have also helped him connect with his fans. In interviews, he has been candid about his struggles with anxiety and depression. And he encouraged others to seek help if they needed it. His openness about mental health has earned him praise from fans and has helped reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Stokes’ success on “Outer Banks” has opened up new opportunities for him in the entertainment industry. He recently starred in the film “One Of Us Is Lying,” inspired by the bestselling novel of the same name by Karen M. McManus. Furthermore, he has been cast in the upcoming action-thriller “Manhunt,” which is currently in post-production.