The film: A History Of Violence (2005)
The star: Viggo Mortensen (and Maria Bello)
The injury: In a film about brutality, it’s a wonder there weren’t more injuries on the set. Turns out the most dangerous place was on the stairs for an intense bout of hide the salami between the stars.
"I was covered from head to toe in black and blue and red bruises - Viggo too," cringes Bello. "His whole hip and his elbow was swollen. I bit the inside of his lip and it was swollen for, like, two days.” "We really committed to the scene and couldn't help but get physical. I was really in pain after that scene."
How could it have been avoided? We’re tempted to go with the ferret muzzle again for the both of them.
But sadly, there’s not much that could have been done given the intensity of the scene and what director David Cronenberg wanted to achieve. Plus rewriting the moment to take place in a beanbag chair really wouldn’t have had the same impact.
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