Those Hollywood celebrities: they’re just like us! By which we mean they get themselves into embarrassing situations in restrooms.
MAGNUM, PEE? AYE!
Even Tom Hanks, the most likeable movie star in the world, can embarrass himself once in a while. In a 2013 interview, he told the story of a moment he wishes he could take back. Hanks attended the 1998 Academy Awards, and when nature called, he responded with a trip to the men’s room. “I found myself in the bathroom in a stall, next to Tom Selleck,” Hanks said, referring to the star of Magnum, P.I., who was in attendance as part of the Oscar-nominated In & Out. “So I leaned over and I said, ‘Looks like we’re a couple of peeing Toms.’” Mr. Hanks thought Mr. Selleck would find the play on words (and violation of the unspoken “code of silence” of men’s bathrooms) hilarious. He did not. “His angry silence is something I’ll never forget.”
Before he became an action movie star and the guy who played Wolverine in a ton of X-Men movies, Hugh Jackman was primarily a star of stage musical theater productions. In 1996, he starred as the villainous Gaston in an Australian production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The rigors of performing left him unhealthy, and he’d suffered from headaches and dehydration. Then one show day, he got diarrhea, too. He thought he’d passed a little gas while talking to reporters before the show, only to realize that he’d passed, well, more than that. Jackman threw out his underwear and had to rush on stage. He went “commando” for his performance that night, but his body kept sabotaging itself, well into his first musical number. “Literally I’m picking up Belle, and as I pick her up, I stopped singing and right in that moment I realized the muscles you need to release in order to sing are the ones you don’t want to release if you need to go,” he said on The Rachael Ray Show.
STARTED AT THE BOTTOM
While touring through Europe in March 2014, popular singer/rapper Drake treated himself and his entourage to a night on the town in Glasgow, Scotland, at a nightclub called Cirque. But he wasn’t content to just sit at a table or have a private room for himself and his associates located on the edge of the dance floor. “Drake’s management requested that he be given access to the closest bathrooms and that happened to be the female one,” Cirque manager Mark Loney told reporters. But management gave the star what he wanted – as soon as he arrived, club staff cleared women out of the bathroom…while they were still using it. “I don’t care who Drake is, or his toilet requirements, but it’s a basic right to be able to use the women’s toilets,” one such woman said. “We were told that we could use the men’s, but why would I want to do that? That’s disgusting.”