Ryan Reynolds says he 'wanted to die' after giving Denzel Washington 2 black eyes when they were filming 'Safe House'

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  • Ryan Reynolds starred in the 2012 film "Safe House" opposite Denzel Washington.

  • It features a scene with the actors fighting in a moving car on the streets of South Africa.

  • Reynolds said he "wanted to die" after accidentally giving Washington two black eyes during filming.

Ryan Reynolds accidentally gave Denzel Washington two black eyes during the filming of the 2012 movie "Safe House," and he's still pretty embarrassed by it a decade later.

He spoke about the incident on an episode of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman," the fourth season of which premiered on Friday.

Reynolds, who plays a CIA agent trying to interrogate Washington's character in the movie, 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 said the actors were not using stunt drivers as they were 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," Reynolds told Letterman, adding: "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."

Denzel Washington raises his fists near Ryan Reynolds' head as if miming a punch. They're seated at a news desk with TV screens behind them.
Reynolds and Denzel Washington on a TV show in January 2012.Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images

Reynolds said was sure he would be let go, and possibly also killed, for giving the Oscar winner a shiner. "I'm thinking I'm going to be sent home via crematorium — like, it's over right now, this is it, not only my career but my actual pulse will cease," he said.

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.

Reynolds said that for a moment he thought everything would be OK but 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."

He added, "Yeah, I wanted to die."

All six episodes of the fourth season of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" are streaming on Netflix.

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