What Advice Did Michael Jackson Give Aaron Paul?

Yes, you read the two names in the headline correctly. You’re probably scratching your head right now and asking yourself, When, where, why, and how did the paths of the King of Pop and Jesse Pinkman intersect!!? (With that precise phrasing, we’re sure).

Well, let’s set the scene. It’s six years ago, and we’re outside London, at a castle, at the 25th birthday party of a prince (Azim of Brunei). Aaron, at the time a relatively unknown actor, was a “random plus-one” to the glam shindig.

"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.'"

So, to recap, Aaron Paul went to a prince’s birthday party at a castle in England where he chased sheep, hovercrafted, and then hung out with Michael Jackson in a library, where they took shots together. Never has a news item seemed so Mad Libs-generated.

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