‘‘Basically, there’s a slap in that scene,’’ Russell adds. ‘‘But when the first guy came in, I didn’t do it.’’
Then it was Rhys’ turn. ‘‘The director said, ‘Slap him.’ So I went for it.’’
Rhys picks up the story: ‘‘Strange as it may sound, she slaps incredibly well. In the same place every time, and never near your eye. The swing of her arm was incredibly violent, but her wrist remained soft, so there wasn’t much force behind it.’’
Clearly, he and Russell connected.
‘‘And now it’s become this ongoing joke,’’ he says. ‘‘Keri will slap me — not hard — just before a take, just to see how I react. I feel like Inspector Clouseau and she’s Cato. It’s a surreal feeling to have the demure, angelic Keri Russell wallop you across the chops at any moment. But it’s great!’’
Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier