A British driving instructor who uses Samuel L. Jackson's name to promote his business was stunned to receive a personal phone call from the Hollywood actor himself. Samuel Jackson has become an Internet sensation after placing a learner 'L' plate in the middle of his title to boost interest in his driving school in Southport, England.
The stunt caught the attention of U.K. TV host Graham Norton, who rang the instructor last month (Jun14) while recording an episode of his talk show with the Pulp Fiction star as a guest.
Norton passed the phone to Jackson, who ribbed the driving tutor for stealing his famous name.
The British namesake explains, "I spoke to Graham Norton first, and we had some general chit chat about the driving school, then he passed me over to Samuel L. Jackson.
"It was all very light hearted, I think it was a little bit of a stocking filler. He didn't seem upset about me using the name and he was a nice guy."
The segment was cut out of the TV show, which aired in Britain last month (Jun14).
"After I had malaria I created a f**k-it list because life's too short. The rose tattoo was on there... it was in the thousands, probably the cost of a small car." British singer Cheryl Cole reveals how much her infamous rose tattoo cost. The large artwork, which covers the whole of her lower back, buttocks and the top of her thighs, shocked fans when it was unveiled last year (13). Cole recovered from malaria in 2010.
Actress Keira Knightley has a bizarre doppelganger - she is frequently mistaken for Britney Spears. The clean-cut Pirates of the Caribbean star insists fans often mistake her for the former pop wild child when she is out and about in California.
The British actress admits she is more often confused with fellow screen stars Natalie Portman and Kate Winslet, but it is the Spears comparisons that always catch her by surprise - and she is happy to play along and pretend she is the pop princess.
Knightley tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "It has happened to me three times in L.A. I was quite excited by that and definitely signed and had a picture!"
Formula One star Jenson Button has pulled out of a TV interview after suffering an adverse reaction when he was stung on the face by a bee. The 2009 world champion was enjoying a bike ride during a break from training when he was stung on the nose by the flying insect, and within hours he began to feel unwell and his face swelled up.
Button is now recovering from the incident earlier this week (beg09Jun14) but he was forced to axe an appearance on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show as a result of his health scare.
In a phone call, he tells Norton, "I was out on my push bike this morning doing a bit of training for my charity triathlon and this bee comes along. It sits on my sunglasses and then it stings me on the bridge of my nose. It was a big shock initially but I was okay.
"I got home and I suddenly got a massive headache, felt sick and I look like a balloon. Can you believe it? I go around (the race track at) 200 miles an hour and I get taken out by a little bee!"
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Actor Mark Ruffalo almost blew his chances in Hollywood in his very first audition because the producers were appalled by his smell. The Avengers star began his movie career in the mid 1990s and he went on to enjoy several acclaimed roles and was even nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his part in The Kids Are All Right.
However, his time in Tinseltown almost ended before it had even begun when his bad body odour left film bosses at his first interview gagging. Ruffalo tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had the audition and when I spoke to my agent after he said, 'Did you go to the gym beforehand?' When I said, 'No, why?' he said, 'They said you smelt bad!' I've cleaned up my act since!"
The interview is due to be broadcast in Britain on Friday (06Jun14), and fellow guest Michael Sheen recalls his worst ever job interview, when he was sick in a Paramount producer's office. The Queen star says, "I was meeting with the head of casting at Paramount. It was a big deal. My daughter and her mother had a stomach bug but I thought I was okay and this was my big break. Halfway through I thought I was going to throw up and then I did - projectile vomit all over her office... my big break was cleaning up my own vomit on my knees!"
British actor Michael Sheen is glad his father steered him away from a soccer career because he would have retired already. The character actor has been nominated for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV awards for his various acclaimed roles.
As a young boy, he was spotted on the soccer field by talent scouts but his dad curtailed his sporting dreams - and the 45 year old is delighted because he would have enjoyed only a short time at the top before age forced him into retirement.
Sheen tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "We were on holiday at Pontins (holiday camp) and (former England soccer star) Tony Adams' dad was there too and spotted me, but my dad said, 'No.' That sounds cruel and I was crestfallen, but it would have meant me living in London aged 12 and my career would have been over years ago."
Sheen brought his love of soccer to the big screen by playing beloved player-turned-manager Brian Clough in 2009 movie The Damned United.
Actors Mark Ruffalo and Michael Sheen proved they have hidden depths during a U.K. talk show by showing off their beatboxing and circus skills. The two screen stars were both invited onto The Graham Norton Show as guests, and they were keen to display their alternative sides when the host invited them to demonstrate their secret talents.
The Queen star Sheen stunned the audience by 'beatboxing' the famous theme tune to TV series Dallas, and The Avengers actor Ruffalo proved he would be a great ringmaster by showing off his circus skills. British actress Amanda Holden, who was a fellow guest on the show, then joined in the fun by standing on her head.
The episode is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (06Jun14).
Actress Emily Blunt hid her pregnancy on the set of action movie Edge Of Tomorrow until her co-star Tom Cruise figured out the truth when she stopped taking part in hair-raising stunts. The two screen stars play alien-battling soldiers in the new sci-fi movie, and shooting on the film wrapped before the British actress fell pregnant with her first child.
However, after conceiving, she had to return to shoot some additional scenes, and Top Gun star Cruise suspected something was amiss when he noticed Blunt was no longer keen to perform her own stunts.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "For some additional photography I was pregnant but it was still early and I wasn't really telling anyone. So Tom was confused as to why I wasn't engaging with all the stunts, as I was game when we did them originally. So I told him I was growing a human. He was so cute about it and protected me - he almost went overboard on helping me. In the end I had to say, 'Tom. I'm fine, I can do stairs!'"
Blunt gave birth to daughter Hazel, her first child with her husband John Krasinski, in February (14).
Tom Cruise narrowly escaped a serious injury as a child when his attempt to emulate a stunt by daredevil Evel Knievel went horribly wrong. The Top Gun star was a big fan of the famed stuntman as a young boy, and he decided to recreate one of Knievel's famous canyon jumps in the late 1960s and early '70s.
Cruise set up ramps so he could leap over several trash cans on his pushbike, but his speedy descent down a steep hill ended in disaster when he careered into the bins and was left covered in blood on the sidewalk.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I saw Evel Knievel jumping off a canyon and I lived on a steep hill so set up boards and trash cans to copy him. I was about eight years old and my sisters begged me not to do it, as I had been to the hospital a few times by this point.
"I realised halfway down the hill that I couldn't stop and it was too late to bail - I was committed and I thought I'm going to go so far and so high but of course the boards split and I ended up just pile-driving through the cans. It was violent and there was blood everywhere. My sisters were standing over me with no sympathy, just, 'We told you. You're in so much trouble.' My poor mother! She was very patient."