Things nearly got bloody as Anne Hathaway tussled with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on the set of the upcoming Get Smart movie.
The two were shooting a fight scene when Hathaway accidentally kicked Johnson in the head with the heel of her shoe, according to the film's director, Peter Segal.
"The stunt coordinator was saying, 'Her foot will come within six inches of your face, but from this angle it will look like it connects,' ” Segal told me earlier today. “Dwayne started to say, ‘This looks closer than six inches. Are you sure she’s going to be able to pull her kick in time so she doesn’t hit me?’ The stunt coordinator said, ‘Oh, yeah; everything’s fine.' "
Luckily, Johnson wasn't hurt. “Anne was mortified and so apologetic, but he milked it,” Segal said. “He painted little bruises on his forehead and came up to her later and pretended that he was wounded.”
Hathaway also connected with costar Steve Carell. But in a much different sort of way.
"Anne is such a sick, crazy Office fan,” Segal said. “I swear to God, she knows every line from every episode. She insisted on auditioning even though we said, ‘No, it’s not really necessary.’ But then at the moment she sat down next to Steve, he started ad-libbing a little bit and then she started ad-libbing to catch up with him, and before long, I found myself feverishly writing notes of what they were saying. Later on after we hired her and we were shooting the movie, we shot a lot of those ad-libs.” (Segal promises the audition tape will be part of the eventual DVD release.)
Now about Maxwell Smart’s famous shoe phone. “At the time, the shoe phone was the coolest thing in the world,” Segal says of the original 1960s television series created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. “We didn’t have cordless phones, let alone cell phones. So now the thought of somebody actually putting a shoe to their face is kind of disgusting. But we did talk to Apple about possibly making a screen saver for iPhones. It would look like the bottom of a shoe.”