Poor actress Vicki Zhao got slapped hard by Louis Koo -- all in the name of work.
According to Jaynestars, 'Three', Johnnie To’s 20th anniversary film for his production studio Milkyway Image, opened to positive reception in Mainland China on June 24.
It stars Vicki Zhao, Louis Koo, and Wallace Chung.
'Three', which was shot between March and July of last year, has been one of Vicki’s more challenging projects. Not only did she have to get used to Johnnie To’s preference of rewriting scripts on the spot, she also had to endure a few painful slaps on the face by her co-star, Louis.
The scene centers on Vicki’s role Dr. Tung Sin, who refuses to kill her patient as instructed by Louis’ role, Inspector Chan Wai-lok. Louis then slaps Vicki a few times on the face in anger.
They re-acted the scene five more times to get different camera angles.
Vicki said Louis slapped her so hard her face started to swell. She had put ice on her cheeks in between takes to prevent it from swelling further.
“I definitely lost feeling on my face for a while,” said Vicki.
“Movies need to provide realism, and if Louis faked his slaps, I wouldn’t be able to give him a real reaction. I seriously worked hard in allowing him to slap me,” she joked.
The Chinese actress didn’t know about the slapping scene until the day of filming. Though worried, she managed to do the first few takes without much trouble. Vicki said she would have taken in more slaps if Louis didn’t stop about five takes in.
“Louis suddenly shouted ‘Stop filming!’ and told me that I had a blood blister in the corner of my eye. I freaked out and immediately asked someone to give me a mirror. The director saw it and postponed the shooting to tomorrow.”
The trauma on Vicki’s face punctured some of the tissues around her eye, leading to a 5mm blood blister. Vicki immediately went to the hospital to get it checked. Fortunately, it wasn’t a serious injury at all, and she went back to the studios the next day.
“I jokingly told the writer that I should also slap Louis for a revenge. When I got my script the next day, that scene was added in! I can’t believe I finally got to slap Louis! What an excellent script, haha!”
Louis did not have it easy either. He had to do a scene where he was to jump down from a rope three stories up. It was really high up and Louis had to do it over twenty times.