KJ Apa 'split his head open' after on-set stunt goes wrong

KJ Apa split his head open while shooting his new movie.

Actor KJ Apa was injured on the set of his new film Songbird. Source: KJ Apa / Instagram

The 23-year-old Kiwi actor needed "metal stitches" in his scalp after shooting a stunt for romantic thriller Songbird went wrong.

KJ shared photos on his Instagram account, one of which showed him topless on the steps of a trailer while a medic stitched up his wound, and in another, he held up his blood-spattered shirt.

He captioned the images: "Stunts.."

KJ also took to his Instagram Story to share a gruesome close-up of the injury and explained what had happened.

He said: "I split my head open yesterday.

"I don't know if you guys can see that, but I have two stitches in there. Metal stitches."

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The on-set accident came just a week after the Riverdale star was left in pain when he got a piece of metal stuck in his eye.

The actor shared a two-minute video on Instagram of the agonising removal process.

He captioned the video: "a shard of metal got stuck in my eyeball (sic)"

In the clip, he told the camera: "I'm not trying to do that. I'm not trying to do this right now. I have to work tomorrow! It's actually like punctured my eye!"

Once the piece was out, his pal Jason Schneidman, who was assisting, said: "You got the piece out, bro. That's the piece that was f****** in your eye."

KJ later reassured fans that he planned to seek medical advice but was feeling "fine".

He said: "Quick update here, guys. The eye is good. I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow. My appointment's at eight o'clock.

"I just want to say thanks for all the support. I appreciate it a lot.

"My eye's fine. But there could be some more metal shards in there, rusting away in my eyeball."