Salma Hayek said it was "fun" but intimidating shooting foul-mouthed scenes in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard with Samuel L. Jackson, who's known for delivering expletives on the big screen

By Benjamin VanHoose
June 16, 2021 10:30 AM
Advertisement

Salma Hayek made sure she could nail her f-bombs before sharing the screen with Samuel L. Jackson.

While appearing on The Tonight Show Tuesday, the Oscar-nominated actress, 54, said that she had to practice delivering swear words for the new movie Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard since she would be scene partners with Jackson, who's known to tackle foul-mouthed movie dialogue.

"It's fun, but it was very intimidating at the beginning," she told host Jimmy Fallon of having expletive-filled exchanges with Jackson, 72. "I was like Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver in front of the mirror practicing my 'mother—,' " she added, gesturing in place of saying the full curse word, "because I had to say it in front of him a lot of times and it's quite intimidating."

Fallon also asked whether all the swearing "rubbed off on the real Salma Hayek," to which the star answered, "Completely."

"I have to be very careful, because I still have a little bit of [my character] Sonia that comes out here and there," she explained, adding of her 13-year-old child Valentina, "My daughter, one time I was— she just went 'Mom!' and I went, 'Oh, it was not me. It was Sonia.' Now I use it every time I say something I shouldn't say."

Ryan Reynolds (left) as ’Michael Bryce,’ Salma Hayek as ’Sonia Kincaid,’ and Samuel L Jackson (right) as ’Darius Kincaid’ in THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD.
Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
| Credit: David Appleby

Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday.

Jackson previously explained how saying swear words helped him cope with a childhood stutter, years before delivering well-timed cusses would make him famous on the big screen. He said on The Howard Stern Show back in 2016 that he was bullied "to the point that I stopped speaking for almost a year in school."

RELATED VIDEO: Salma Hayek on Her 'Irrational' Fear of Snakes: 'The Sensation of Their Presence Freaks Me Out'

For some reason, Jackson said the word "motherf----- helps him control the speech impediment. "I have no idea [how] but it just does," he said with a laugh. "It clicks a switch that stops the 'd-d-d b-b-b,' because me, I stuttered really, really, really badly for a long time."

Ryan Reynolds, Hayek and Jackson reprise their roles from the 2017 hit action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard in the new Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, in theaters Wednesday. The sequel also stars Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant and Frank Grillo.