American actor, Ryan Reynolds has revealed how he accidentally gave Denzel Washington two black eyes during the filming of the 2012 movie “Safe House,” and noted that this is something that he’s still pretty embarrassed by a decade after the incident.
Reynolds recalled details of the incident on an episode of ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,’ in its 4th season, which premiered last week.
In ‘Safe House,’ the actor plays a CIA agent trying to interrogate Washington’s character in the movie. He told Letterman that on the second day of shooting, they were filming a scene “in an out-of-control car” where he would “smash” Washington in the face.
Reynolds pointed out that they were not using stunt drivers whilst racing through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.
“There’s a scene in the movie … where he crawls through the trunk in the back and he grabs me and chokes me. We were really driving a car at top speed… He and I are in this out-of-control car, and my corner of my head — I felt it hit his eye so hard I was sure that it split wide open.”
But Reynolds said Washington was gracious about it. “He was fine. He was like, ‘Hey, accidents happen. Let’s do it again. We’ll shoot it from the other side so we can keep shooting so we don’t see this,'” Reynolds recalled his costar saying.
According to Reynolds, for a moment, he thought everything would be okay but added that the second take was just as difficult.
“We did it again. I got the other eye, Dave,” he said. “For a minute he looked like a Christmas ornament.”