Charlize Theron and Will Smith are renowned actors known for their exceptional talent and versatility in various film genres. Their performances have captivated audiences worldwide, and it’s no surprise that they are among the highest-paid actors in the industry.
Theron and Smith have shared the screen in two films: “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000) and “Hancock” (2008). While the movies are distinct from each other, one common element binds them together—Charlize Theron getting hurt by Will Smith. However, despite the mishaps, Theron holds no ill feelings toward her co-star.
During the filming of “The Legend of Bagger Vance,” Smith was simultaneously preparing for his role as Muhammad Ali in “Ali” (2001). He dedicated a year to understand Ali’s life, training extensively in boxing, studying his religion, and undergoing dialect training. It was during this time that Theron got accidentally punched in the face by Smith. Although knocked out, Theron didn’t bear a grudge, stating that she would be happy to be punched by Smith anytime and acknowledging that it was an accident.
As reported by Female First, Theron recalled how their first time working together ended up with her getting punched in the face.
“The first time I worked with him he punched me in the face. He was training for Ali. I encouraged him to show me a couple of moves. I was completely knocked out!”
Their second collaboration, “Hancock,” directed by Peter Berg, saw another mishap. Smith portrayed the titular character, a superhero with extraordinary abilities but plagued by alcohol addiction and recklessness. Theron revealed that a scene required a fake slap from Smith, but it ended up feeling too real. The actors playfully debate who is to blame for the mishap, with Theron suggesting Smith actually hit her and Smith claiming she leaned into his hand. Despite the incident, Theron expressed that they were just having fun and referred to Smith as “not a woman beater.”