Date: 18th August 2004

Ben hit wife in the face during film

Ben Stiller says he nearly landed his wife in casualty during the making of their new movie Dodgeball.

The film is about the American team sport in which players whack balls at their opponents' bodies.

During filming Stiller accidently thumped the ball into the face of his wife and co-star Christine Taylor.

"We both took a few bruises during the making of this film," Stiller said at the film's UK premiere.

"I did accidentally hit Christine in the face. Let's just say she wasn't happy.

It was a bizarre thing to be doing to each other. Most people just tend to hit one another at home, not when they're at work."

Taylor joked that her husband was in a lot of trouble when they got home.

The locks might have been changed, that's all I've got to say," she laughed.

Stiller, 38, and Taylor, 33, were joined at the premiere in Kensington, west London, by co-star Vince Vaughn.

In the film Stiller plays White Goodman, an egomaniac gym owner who tries to take over a run down rival business owned by Vaughn.

Stiller, star of Meet The Parents and Starsky and Hutch, married Taylor in 2000 and the couple have a two-year-old daughter, Ella.

Source: Press Release