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That time Hugh Jackman peed his pants and Patrick Stewart needed to ‘cheer the f*** up’

May 23, 2014

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What do you get when you put Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Sir Patrick Stewart in a room together? You get a laugh riot, that’s what.

The X-Men: Days of Future Past stars stopped by for a highly entertaining SiriusXM Town Hall, hosted by Editorial Director of People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly Jess Cagle, where they talked about everything from what Patrick Stewart would tell his 20-year-old self to Hugh Jackman’s most embarrassing moment on a live stage. (Spoiler: It involves urine.)

Let’s start with Hugh Jackman, aka Wolverine, who eagerly recounted his most embarrassing moment onstage: “I was getting headaches when I was doing Gaston in ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ so I went to a naturopath who told me I was dehydrated,” said Jackman. “So I drank about four liters of water that day, and to cut a long story short, I peed my pants during a song. You quickly discover the muscles you need to grip to hold on to your pee are the ones you need to release in order to sing that top G-sharp at the end. And if I can add to that, I was wearing red tights, you’ll understand why it was the most embarrassing moment. But I was a trooper! I sang the note!”

Meanwhile, Patrick, who plays the elder Professor X, gave some advice to his 20-year-old self. “I would say, ‘Patrick, cheer the f*** up!!’ I was so miserable when I was a kid. I grew up too fast, and I could hear adults saying, ‘Oh, you can rely on Patrick. He’s very responsible.’ And really what they were saying is, I was dull and boring. I had no fun. But I promise you, I am making up for it now!” (Editor’s note: Yes, he is. See: P-Stew’s Instagram account.)

Later, James McAvoy, who plays the younger Professor X, joked about what an X-rated X-Men movie would look like, you know … plot-wise. “It’d be a bunch of dudes — desperate people — who’d all been shunned from society because they were intensely charismatic and buff. They’d be like, ‘We’ve got nowhere to go, we’ve been shunned from society, ahhhhhhggghh!’”

And finally, we return to Hugh Jackman, who said he’d nominate Channing Tatum to play a younger version of Wolverine. “Look, I know Channing Tatum is desperate to play me in a movie,” joked Jackman. “I’d say that’s a good upgrade. [He's] Younger. Fitter. Funnier. Good-looking.”

OK, Hugh, how about you both star in a movie, and we’ll buy tickets to see it. Cool?

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