Chris Hemsworth says he suffered a "big black eye" and a swollen nose after Kristen Stewart punched him in the facewhile filming "Snow White and the Huntsman."
The movie, which is set for release on Friday, June 1, sees a tougher version of the traditional Snow White, played by Stewart, train to become a warrior and battle the Evil Queen, played by Charlize Theron. Hemsworth, known for his role as a demigod superhero in "Thor" and "The Avengers," plays the Hutsman, who helps her.
"We were shooting a scene. It was where the huntsman kind of grabs her and she throws a big punch and each take was just skimming my nose and I thought, 'I should say something, this is getting close' and then on the fourth take it was 'Bam!'" he told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith.
"If the fight was to continue then I didn't want any part of it. She had me," he said, adding jokingly: "She tried to convince me that it was an accident. She'd never punched anyone before but it was far too skilled and accurate."
Stewart, 22, has said that "Snow White and the Huntsman" is a "revenge movie" and that its action scenes will inspire viewers to root loudly for her warrior character. Director Rupert Sanders referenced her fighting spirit on the set.
"She was never the one who was injured by these people," Sanders said. "It was always the other way around so you can see the stunt guys when the old sword was flying, kind of stepping back a bit."
"She, like the other actors, they commit," he added. "We all had a lot to lose from this not working out as we wanted it, Kristen included. We really had a point to prove and we really wanted to do something that was very intense, very modern and very exciting and so when you're putting yourself that far into something, stuff can go wrong. It's a dangerous operation but my job is to just let it just get to that level where no one's going to die but they might have a few bruises."
Hemsworth, 22, began his on-screen career in his native Australia in 2002 with a recurring role on the TV series "Guinevere Jones" and a small part on the soap opera "Neighbors," a series that launched the career of pop star Kylie Minogue. Hemsworth later nabbed the part of Kim Hyde on another local popular daytime show, "Home and Away," and appeared on the series for about three years, from 2004.
Finally a national celebrity, Hemsworth was chosen to become a contestant on the Australian version of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2006. He finished in fifth place. Do not expect to see the actor, whose recent role in "The Avengers" helped make the Disney and Marvel film smash domestic box office records and earn more than $1.3 billion worldwide, compete on the U.S. version of the hit reality show on ABC.
"That was the beginning and end of my dance career," Hemsworth told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I'm thankful that I did it and I'm thankful that I won't be doing it again."Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).