Elizabeth Banks: 'I Had Some Giant Hungarian Smack Me With Palm Fronds'
Elizabeth Banks suffered in silence during a bizarre spa experience in Hungary when she was beaten repeatedly with a branch of palm leaves.
The star had no idea what she was in for when she booked a platza treatment, and she was left cringing in pain throughout - because she was "too embarrassed" to say anything.
She tells Time Out New York, "The most ridiculous (spa) experience I've had was in Budapest. It's known for its bathhouses, and I'd never been to one of those. I had some giant Hungarian smack me with palm fronds.
"It was so painful, but I was too embarrassed to say, 'Please stop!'"
The Hungarian experience isn't Banks' only strange spa story - although a mud wrap in Park City, Utah proved to be much more relaxing.
She says, "I recently had an amazing mud wrap. The aesthetician asked if I was claustrophobic, which made me wonder if I really knew what a wrap entailed. She said she was going to wrap me with foil and cover my eyes, which makes some people feel like they're in a coffin. I told her I thought I'd be okay, and I was."