Homeland Set Shut Down Due to Star’s Broken Ankle

Rupert Friend showed up at the Emmy's with crutches and a broken ankleIn the hit Showtime drama Homeland, characters like Peter Quinn play tougher-than-nails CIA operatives…but it seems like real-life actor Rupert Friend is not quite as tough as his on-screen alter-ego.

Entertainment Weekly has just confirmed that shooting for the show’s sixth season has officially been delayed due to Friend’s broken ankle—the actor even showed up at this week’s Emmy Awards sporting a set of crutches as his accessory.

Apparently, Friend’s fracture occurred off set—but was a result of injuries sustained during the course of filming seasons 4 and 5.

If I put my podiatric investigative skills to work, this sounds to me like a stress fracture—an small bone crack that is not typically caused by an acute injury, but rather as a result of repeated stress, force or overuse.

While typical recovery times for stress fractures can run anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks, there’s still good news for Homeland fans: the show’s scheduled premiere date has still not been moved from January 15, 2017.

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