What happens when you put four talented, attractive, typically boy-like actors on an X-Men film set, with golf buggies to ferry them around?
Trouble, of course.
First off, Michael Fassbender andJames McAvoy were banned from using the buggies after crashing one into a car (and for the record, it wasn't bad-bpy Michael behind the wheel, but butter-wouldn't-melt McAvoy).
'I was hanging off the back, keeping the weight on the outside tyres, and we went up on two wheels,' says Fass happily.
'The next thing we went bang straight into the back of a parked Lexus. James smashed off the perspex glass at the front, I went flying over the back seats and hit my head off the steering wheel and landed in the drivers seat – so everyone thinks it was me that crashed it – and I was like, if I'm here, where's James? And then I hear [slips into a perfect Scottish accent]: "Are you alright, pal?" and he's on the ground and there’s a big lump on his head. My shins were cut up. I might still have some scars from that actually [rolls up trouser leg, proudly displays scar]. There, right there.'
McAvoy, however, is unrepentant.
'I know the golf buggy story yeah, but I tell it kind of differently. He landed in the driver’s sat… and then ran away. Don’t get me wrong, it was still all my fault, but he ran away with a comedy caper run. And I’m not joking, there was a comedy caper, his shins were all cut up and bleeding. I left my mark on Michael Fassbender. It was good fun.'
So, banned. But the ban didn't stick. Because on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, our intrepid would-be racing drivers were back behind the buggy-wheel, this time armed with a couple more co-stars, to see if it's possible to execute a perfect wheelie.
Fassbender: 'We did manage to steal one, and managed to do a wheelie, which I was pretty impressed by. We had two people in the back seat, and two in the front, and I floored it into reverse then I just clicked it into forward while we were moving backward and slammed the accelerator and for a couple of wonderful seconds we were on two wheels!’
So who were their partners in crime? Over to Mr McAvoy... 'The fact we hadNicholas Hoult and Hugh Jackman in the back tipped the balance and helped us pull off the wheelie.