In order to inject realism into her acting, Zhao Wei revealed that she suffered blood blisters on her face from being slapped by her "Three" co-star, Louis Koo.
As reported on Singtao Headline, the actress, who attended the premiere of the aforementioned Johnnie To movie recently, stated that the incident happened during the filming of a scene, wher Louis’ inspector character forced Zhao (who plays the doctor in the movie) to kill a patient during an operation.
Zhao said that her character refuses to kill her patient, which sparks the fury of the inspector. Louis then was required to slap her in the face five times. While it was five slaps on paper, the two stars had to redo the scenes five more times to get different camera angles.
"He slapped me so hard that it began to swell. I had to put ice on my cheeks in between takes to prevent it from getting worse," said Zhao.
However, Zhao said that she still asked Louis not to fake his slaps in order to get a real reaction.
"After five slaps, Louis suddenly shouted "Stop filming!", and told me that I had a blood blister in the corner of my eye. The director saw it and postponed the shooting to tomorrow," she said.
Fortunately, the injury wasn’t serious, and Zhao quickly returned to filming the day after.
"I made a joke to the scriptwriter that I should slap Louis as retaliation. When I got my script the next day, the scene was already in. It was excellent!" Zhao laughed.
Co-starring Wallace Chung, Lo Hoi Pang, and Timmy Hung, "Three" is currently showing in cinemas.