ACTOR Ryan Reynolds gave co-star Denzel Washington a black eye while filming Safe House in South Africa.
The incident occurred when Reynolds –– who plays new CIA detective Matt Weston in the movie is forced to watch over a dangerous fugitive for his first job –– became involved in a car scuffle with the 57-year-old star’s criminal character, Tobin Frost.
Washington explained: “I’ve never had a black eye in my life! There’s a scene where I reach over to try to choke him while I have handcuffs on. We were flying around in the car.
“It just happened that as I was reaching forward he was flying back … and POW.”
However, the 35-year-old Reynolds joked that while punching such a legendary actor was the highlight of his career to date, he felt very embarrassed about the accident.
Even Reynolds realised the enormity of the situation after giving Washington the shiner. In fact, he believed producers would ask him to leave the set. After all, one doesn’t go around giving black eyes to a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, and not pay a heavy price.
Speaking while promoting Safe House with his co-star, Reynolds added: “That was my early retirement. I’ve given Denzel Washington a black eye and I should probably go home. It was weird to feel my face on fire.
“I’m glad I was your first. If it had to be anyone, it was an apologetic Canadian.”
Ryan has previously admitted performing a number of stunts for the movie left him “a wreck”.
To the question of whether Washington’s black eye from Reynolds would damage the good looks of one of the “World’s Sexiest Men: “ Not likely, Washington said, “Beauty is only skin deep.”
He said: “I was fighting this guy for five hours and we’re finishing it later. The fights in this movie are really long and extensive and they’re ugly and there’s biting and head-butting. Canadian Kung fu, we call it.
“I keep seeing a stunt guy dressed like me but they don’t seem to want to put him in. I’m a wreck, but then I get to say, ‘That’s me getting my ass kicked by a 140kg mercenary’.”
Meanwhile Washington is of the opinion that “bad guys have more fun”.
The actor explained that playing a villain gives you more interpretive freedom because they are not bound by a moral compass.
The Hollywood star has portrayed his fair share of both heroes and evil characters and is set to slip into the bad guy’s shoes once more in new movie Safe House.
“It’s cliché to say, but bad guys have more fun,” Washington said.
“You can get away with more? In playing a real character who’s heroic, you’re kind of stuck. There’s only so much you can get away with. But [the] bad guy can say anything.”
“I just think it was a good movie,” Washington continued of the appeal of the CIA-tinged edge-of-your-seat production. “I don’t know if it’s an action movie or if it’s more of a thriller, but it’s unique and it’s beautiful.”
In the film, Washington plays a fugitive, who Ryan’s character — CIA operative Matt Weston — has to look after. And there are a lot of people out to get him.
The movie, shot in Cape Town, saw Denzel going beyond the call of duty stunt-wise.
“I did all my own fights. I don’t think I used any stuntmen for any of the fights that I did,” Washington said. “That’s me running across those roofs, that’s me in the car, crashin’, jumpin’ around, banging around in the trunk of the car. Yeah, pretty much, I did most of my own stunts.” –– Sowetan.