Is the actor who plays Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) on ‘Bones’ paralyzed in real life?
If you’ve been watching the second half of “Bones” Season 11, you’ll have noticed that one of the team’s scientists, Jack Hodgins, has been wheeling around the lab instead of walking.
In the mid-season finale back in December, Hodgins arrived at a crime scene to examine a body that had secretly been turned into a bomb. He appeared to escape the explosion unscathed, but shortly after being cleared by the doctors, he collapsed and was rushed into surgery.
Later, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) delivered the heartbreaking news: Hodgins was paralyzed from the waist down.
“At the beginning we really wanted to embrace this arc for him and just really run him through the gambit of emotions,” showrunner Michael Peterson tells Zap2it. “For Hodgins, he’s really trying to live in a different world than he normally would.”
While it’s certainly an interesting development for Hodgins’ character, the actor behind him, T.J. Thyne, is not actually paralyzed in real life.
According to Thyne’s interview with TV Guide, he was “stoked” to bring this new element to his character. “It’s a real stressful time for them all, but [Hodgins] believes that he’s going to absolutely crush this thing and get out of that chair as soon as possible, but I don’t know that that’s really the truth.”
We can’t answer the question of how long Hodgins will stay paralyzed on the show, but at least we can definitively tell you that Thyne is walking just fine these days.
“Bones” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX