Mark Ruffalo Slapped The ‘S— Out’ of Channing Tatum
Mark Ruffalo didn’t hold back when it came to slapping Channing Tatum when they were co-stars nearly ten years ago. As the actor appeared on Hot Ones ahead of the release of Poor Things, host Sean Evans asked him about the time he accidentally popped Tatum‘s eardrum on the set of Foxcatcher. The 2014 sports thriller starred the two actors as Olympic wrestlers Mark and David Schultz. Ruffalo played David, who was murdered in January 1996 by wealthy John du Pont (played by Steve Carell) after John recruited the brothers to help train them.
Ruffalo said in the Thursday (December 7) episode that Channing asked him to “slap the s— out of him,” something that was “easy to do” because he had “beaten the s— out of” the Hulk actor “so many times.” He recalled the two of them spent four months learning how to wrestle together.
The Magic Mike alum first told the popped eardrum story at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where Foxcatcher‘s director, Bennett Miller, won the festival’s best director prize. Tatum said that at the time, his ear made a “screeching noise,” and he couldn’t hear anything. He added, “Eardrums heal, so I’m fine.” The film was nominated five times for Academy Awards, including Ruffalo as best supporting actor.
In his new film starring opposite Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, Margaret Qualley, and Ramy Youssef, there was a lot of smacking on set. Dafoe told the New York Times recently he had Stone slap him across the face more than 20 times during the filming of one scene in which he doesn’t even appear on camera. Stone slaps his character, who is off-camera in the shot. But that didn’t stop Dafoe from wanting to be present on set even though he wasn’t required to be there. Poor Things premieres in theaters on Friday, December 8.