There are certain times when it’s probably okay to ask a celebrity for a pic – when she’s got her pants around her ankles, that’s definitely not one of them.
This is the unfortunate situation Stephen Merchant found himself in during a visit to the doctor.
The 47-year-old comedian spoke to The sun about the awkward moment that happened while filming a project in Croatia.
When he was the victim of severe food poisoning, The Outlaw star had no choice but to seek medical help.
But after dropping his pants for an injection, nothing could have prepared him for what happened next.
Merchant explained, “This doctor comes and examines me and he says, ‘I’m going to give you an injection to relax your stomach muscles. Drop your pajamas and turn around, because I have to put it in your butt.
“And he pulls out that damn syringe and he’s about to put it in, and he says, ‘Are you Stephen Merchant?’
“My first thought was, ‘Did he recognize me from behind? Am I like Croatian Kim Kardashian or something? ‘.
“So he puts on that injection and says, ‘Aren’t you assuming I could have a selfie?’ “
No news of his response, although we assume the medic at least waited until Merchant managed to pull himself together.
Otherwise, this image would have been all over the internet by now.
The Merchant’s New TV Series The outlaw – a comedy-drama series about a motley group of misfits doing community service – is now available to watch on BBC One.
You see, the show is set in Bristol, which is the hometown of Merchant, but also the hometown of the elusive street performer.
In the last episode of the series – apologies if you haven’t seen it yet, but that won’t spoil too much – Walken and other cast members can be seen painting on a graffiti covered wall.
Walken – playing a character called Frank – then stumbles upon a stenciled rat standing on top of a Banksy spray can hidden behind a board.
He asks his probation officer if he should cover this too because it’s “very good”, but receives the response: “Less arguing, more painting. “
Now a BBC spokesperson has confirmed that the painting is in fact a real Banksy.
A statement read: “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The outlaws was an original Banksy, and which Christopher Walken painted over this piece of art while filming this scene, ultimately destroying it. “
Of course, that’s quite Banksy’s style, and probably the sort of thing he – or them, maybe? – could be right behind.
However, that doesn’t mean they didn’t make an expensive decision there.
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