Once upon a time—July 2007 to be exact— Prince Azim of Brunei celebrated his 25th birthday party in a castle (where else?) just outside London.
A then-unknown actor named Aaron Paul was in attendance, who was so unimportant he was just a real guest's plus one! By the end of the night however, he was BFFs not only with the prince, but a king as well!
The Breaking Bad star recounted chasing sheep, "all these sheep, like a thousand sheep surrounding the castle," with two of the royal princesses (charmer) before deciding to use the prince's hovercraft because, as he so aptly put it, "If I have a chance to hovercraft around a castle, I'm going to hovercraft around a castle." We see his point!
Even though the actor broke the hovercraft, Prince Azim didn't care! In fact he cared so little that he invited him to hang out with the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
That’s right. In 2007, an undiscovered, 26-year-old Aaron brushed shoulders with MJ, and even got some sagely advice from the master about dealing with fame! The King of Pop obviously recognised Aaron's star quality even then.
Their meeting began when Aaron was summoned to the library by new BFF Prince Azim, just as he was about to call it a night.
“Some guy grabs me and says, 'The prince wants to see you in the library.' So I go down there, and he’s sitting on the couch with Michael Jackson,” Aaron recounted. “And me and Michael Jackson end up having this hour-long heart-to-heart about family and upbringings.”
Aaron told Details magazine that MJ put his arms around his 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.”
“And I’m like, ‘Michael, you are absolutely right,’” Aaron said. “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!’”
LOL! We must say, we never thought our fairy tale would involve an actor famous for playing a meth dealer, hovercrafts in 2007, chasing wild animals, and shots with the King of Pop… but we’ll take it!