Actor Chris Pine says performing a stand-up comedy routine is the closest he’s been to feeling naked on stage.
The actor has recalled the anxiety he felt when trying to make people laugh during a session with comedian Lewis Black. Chris admits the whole experience quickly made him realise that his talents lay outside the comedy business.
“I didn’t do a lot, I did it once, for five minutes,” he recalled to US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. “Lewis Black was there, he was the comedian in residence, and he gave a stand up class. We had to prep material and do five minutes on stage.
“It was in front of people who like you and want you to do well, but still, it was the closest I have come to feeling naked on stage.”
Chris drew upon his experiences of growing up for his routine, making light of embarrassing situations from his childhood. He focused on times when his parents made him do things he wasn’t interested in.
“I talked about my father laughing at me from the porch while my mom dragged me to Sunday school,” he explained. “And I had a bit about going to this camp as a kid, where you shower every third day, but with a garden hose… I can’t believe I’m talking about this publicly.”
Jimmy then interrupted the story, jokingly asking Chris if maybe the situation had actually taken place in a prison with “tough kids with tattoos” rather than a holiday camp.
Chris laughed at his suggestion, before revealing his summer camp experience created other unforgettable events.
“There was the garden hose thing and then there was a squirrel infestation,” he added. “So half the time we would be hunting squirrels with guns, just to keep the population in check, not for sport.
“I remember going out and I clipped this poor squirrel on the tail, felt awful about it, ran back to my tent – we were sleeping outside – and it didn’t go as planned let’s say.
“Needless to say I never went back to camp again.”
Chris went on to speak about his latest movie The Finest Hours, which follows the story of a Coast Guard making a daring rescue off the coast of Cape Cod during a blizzard in 1952.
To land the role, Chris had to perfect a convincing Boston accent – something his co-stars Casey Affleck and Ben Foster were very critical of.
“I was petrified, petrified,” he admitted. “You had the teamsters and the grips, and Casey, and then Ben – Ben Foster – is in it too, they are all from Boston. They were there giving what they thought were helpful hints but they just turned out to be awful, it was like having little people in your ears telling you, ‘It’s not like that Chris, it’s not like that,’” he said.
“The one that always got me was the ‘o’, so as in not. I have a very broad Californian ‘not’, like nooooooot, but Boston, I think, don’t quote me on this, but Boston has a quick ‘not’, like ‘bought’. You just skim over that vowel.”
– Cover Media