Tue. Feb 20th, 2024

Most of us would feel lucky just seeing Rihanna from a mile away, but Michael Cera had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the singer slapped him across the face hard. But there was no actual beef in this squabble: It was all part of a very memorable scene in This Is the End, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s 2013 disaster comedy flick.

Cera reminisced on the making of This Is the End in a recent video interview breaking down his most iconic roles for GQ. The film — which also stars Rogen along with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson, and many more familiar faces — sees Cera portray an incredibly fictionalized version of himself, who spends a star-studded housewarming party inhaling cocaine and schmoozing women. When he finds himself arm’s length from Rihanna, he takes the ill-advised opportunity to slap her ass, and immediately faces some gnarly retribution to his face.

“She definitely hit me,” Cera recalled fondly. “But really, I wanted that. I think it’s a lot funnier and a lot more convincing. A fake slap just doesn’t look good, so she hit me hard. Yeah, she really sent me flying, and it was great. And now it’s on film forever, this pain that I experienced.”

And thank goodness it’s on film, because that pain is one to be cherished. Watch Cera’s full interview below — his comments above begin around the 16:40 mark.

After just appearing as Ken’s sidekick Allen in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, Cera will also soon star in Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi comedy series Command Z and Netflix’s anime series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.

By Sandra Winters

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