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Dev Patel almost broke Tilda Swintons teeth on first day of David Copperfield movie

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Dev Patel had an embarrassing mishap with Tilda Swinton on their first day of filming (Picture: Getty; Rex)

The first day of a new job can always be a little bit overwhelming, but Tilda Swinton got a little bit more of a surprise than most of us do on our first day when co-star Dev Patel accidentally elbowed her in the face.

Dev and Tilda are both currently promoting their new film The Personal History Of David Copperfield, which is based on the Victorian era novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

Speaking about his time making the film earlier this week, Dev Patel – who plays the lead role – spoke about the embarrassing moment when he almost broke Tildas teeth in the first scene.

I accidentally elbowed Tilda in the mouth, he told PEOPLE at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere on Thursday.

I was so nervous. It was my first scene with her. Theres a whole thing where hes almost about to pass out and hes trying to find a couch to land on and I was spinning around and flailing and I kind of did like a UFC elbow.

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And Tilda just stopped and I thought, “I just broke Tildas teeth in the first scene.” And she was very gracious about it. All of her teeth are intact.

Dev Patel gave Tilda Swinton a 'UFC elbow' to the face while filming The Personal History of David Copperfield (Picture: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Personal History of David Copperfield premiered at TIFF (Picture: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

David Copperfield is set in Victorian Britain and follows David, thought to be based on Dickens himself, as he grows up.

After running away from a factory job after the death of his mother, David goes to stay with his great-aunt Betsey (played by Tilda Swinton), who adopts him.

Dev, 29, added that he was was grateful to have a chance to play in that world of costume and horses and carriages.

What would six-year-old Dev think of me doing this now? he added.

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The novel has had various TV and film adaptations over the last few decades and was previously a two-part BBC series starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Although the latest version of the film premiered in Toronto this week, it has yet to receive an official general release date.

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