Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul has an interview in Details where he talks about doing shots with Michael Jackson at the Prince of Brunei’s 25th birthday party outside London in a castle and breaking a hovercraft that he rode around the castle in. Being rich sounds fun.
“Six years ago, outside London.” Paul didn’t know the prince (he’d come as the guest of a guest, having risen to the level of prime plus-one but not to that of invitee), but the prince immediately took to him. “We got there,” Paul says, “and I see all these mud boots, and there were all these sheep, like a thousand sheep, surrounding the castle, and I said, ‘Let’s go chase after them.’ So me and the prince and the princesses, Azemah and Fadzilah, all put on these mud boots and chased the animals.” Over the course of the weekend, Paul also broke one of the prince’s hovercraft. “Nobody else was riding them,” he says, “but if I have a chance to hovercraft around a castle, I’m going to hovercraft around a castle.” The height of the weekend’s surreality, however, happened indoors. “I was going back up to my room,” says Paul, squinting under the Spanish sun, “and this guy grabs me and says, ‘Hey, Prince Azim wants to see you in the library.’ So I go down there, and he’s sitting on the couch with Michael Jackson, and me and Michael Jackson end up having this hour-long heart-to-heart about family and upbringings, and I remember, he just put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘You know, if you’ve had a rough childhood or not, it’s all about forgiveness. Once you realize that, it’s fine. Everything’s fine.’” Paul pauses, finds a shady spot beneath a tenth-century tower. “And I’m like, ‘Michael, you are absolutely right.’ And then I go, ‘Do you want to do a shot?’ And he goes, ‘Sure!‘ And I was like, ‘Okay, Michael, let’s do this.’”
And here I am not riding a hovercraft and drinking shots with a pillow made to look like a woman that I can’t even make up a creative name for. Here’s to you, Pillowy. Don’t ever leave me.