Denzel Washington said he fainted and ‘cried like a girl’ when Ryan Reynolds gave him a black eye on the set of their latest movie.
The actor told the story during an interview for this Saturday’s The Jonathan Ross Show.
Also coming up on the show, Keira Knightly downs shots of vodka with Jonathan and then plays music on her teeth and actor Tom Hardy reveals he was ‘terrified’ when he met Batman for the first time.
During the interview, Denzel told Jonathan why he does all his own stunts on set. He said: “Your ego. You know, everybody’s standing there watching. You’ve got to, you know, especially when the script girl gets up there and she’s doing it, you’ve got to get up.
“I don’t want to, but I have to.”
Talking about his latest film with Ryan Reynolds, he added: “He gave me a black eye. What happens is, there’s a scene and what they have is called ghost stunt cars where the actual driver of the car is on the roof. So when you’re doing the crazy stuff, I mean we’re going at 120 kilometres per hour, flying around and all this. And I have handcuffs on and I’m supposed to come up behind him and try to choke him with the handcuffs, but the driver’s on the roof and we’re flying all around, so I reached up to put the handcuffs over and he whipped back at the same time and banged me in the eye.
“I fainted and cried like a girl.”
Denzel also talked about the dinner party he threw for Nelson Mandela. He said: “Mr Mandela, years ago when we met, he said that when he comes to the States he would come to our house and he wanted my wife to cook dinner for him. So we had amazing guests, Oprah Winfrey, a lot of important people. And the neighbourhood I live in, it’s a gated community, and Sylvester Stallone just happens to live in the neighbourhood. So they had security and helicopters flying around and people talking in their ears and stuff, and a guy came in and said, ‘You know, sir, Mr Stallone keeps walking back and forth, looking over the fence.’”
Denzel joked: “I said, ‘Make him wait,’ No, I let him in, of course.”
Keira Knightly talked to Jonathan about her new film A Dangerous Method and he asked if it’s true that she drank shots of vodka before some of the scenes. She admitted she did and then Jonathan got out a shot glass and a bottle of vodka, and said: “Let’s relax you, because I want you to talk about this. There’s a shot of vodka for you right there.”
They both downed a shot of vodka and Keira said: “It’s really vodka, I thought it was going to be water. That’s quite a surprise, thank you.”
Later during the interview, Keira also showed Jonathan that she can play tunes on her teeth. She said: “I can do Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head. That’s the big one that people normally recognise in my repertoire.”
She played the tune on her teeth and then added: “There was this kid at primary school and he went on, I think it was Jim’ll Fix It, and he played his teeth on TV and he became like the biggest rock star in our school. So there’s a load of us from Stanley Junior School that can play our teeth.”
Jonathan then asked Keira if she can play any of Dionne Warwick tunes on her teeth and she played the chorus of Say a Little Prayer.
Keira also talked about supporting West Ham and going to football matches with Ray Winstone. She said: “I love it. The Hammers. I’ve got my West Ham shirt.”
Jonathan: “Do people know it’s you but they don’t bother you?”
Keira: “Well, maybe they don’t expect to see me there. I haven’t actually been recognised when I’ve gone. I’ve gone with Ray Winstone as well. That’s really good fun. They love him. Upton park is great, everyone should go.”
She also talked about choosing her own bottom double.
She said: “I did a film called Domino and, I have this policy in films where I say, ‘You can have the top half but you can’t have the bottom half,’ and it kind of works quite well. And there was this scene in Domino where I was meant to do a bit of a strip tease and a dance with a thong on. A sexy thong dance, and I was just like, ‘It’s not going to happen.’ And so I said, ‘Could you get me a bottom please?’
“And they said, ‘Absolutely.’ And so I went into a room with Tony Scott, the director, and these three women came in and just dropped their trousers and he was like, ‘Well, which one do you want?’ And how do you say to the bottom double, do you say, ‘Well I don’t want that one, that one’s crap,’ well obviously you don’t because the woman’s standing there. You can’t be rude.
“I was just looking for one that’s around the same shape as mine, just a bit better. So there was one that was really amazing and I was like, ‘No one’s going to believe that.’ You don’t get a feel. They then go out and you discuss the bottom. It’s tricky, you go, do I introduce myself or not, and it’s a bit weird if you don’t. The girl we picked had a lovely bottom.”
Tom Hardy talked to Jonathan about meeting Christian Bale on the set of the latest Batman film.
He said: “I really wanted to meet Christian because he’s exciting…I had heard about his fiery off-kick on the McG film…I played the bad guy in this and so I had to do a lot of fighting with Batman…and he is a very handy individual. When I saw him first time, when I got to LA and we were doing the screen test and I was trying on the Bane outfit and I’d put on some weight and I felt strong, I’d been training. And I got to the trailer and I saw Christian sat there and he didn’t have a t-shirt, just a vest on and I looked at his arms and I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna walk this.’ I was like, ‘How are you? Are you good?’ And he was like, ‘How are you Tom?’
“Then I got in my outfit and I went on set…and this huge looming figure turned up on set. About 10 foot tall and eight foot wide with huge pointy ears and I looked at him and he was looking at me as if to say, ‘Yeah, I’m Batman.’ And I looked him in the eyes and I was three. And I couldn’t stop touching the suit, looking for a way in, so I could at least cut him. He’s terrifying Batman, and he looked me dead in the eyes and I thought, ‘I’m never going to be able to survive the onslaught that is Christian Bale, or Batman.’”
The Jonathan Ross Show, 9pm, Saturday the 11th of February, ITV1