In a two-and-a-half-minute clip taken and posted online by his jazz singer fiancee Sunny Ozell, distinguished film, TV and stage actor Patrick Stewart teaches his wife-to-be the art of the "quadruple take." The 73-year-old thespian, casually-dressed and sitting up with his partner's red pedicured toes resting on his knees up, demonstrates what he called "a rarely-used device in comedy" by first going through "the take," the "double," and the "triple."
After telling Ozell to hush as she is there "to learn and not to talk," the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" star delivers a run through of the different moves, while trying to keep a straight face as Ozell giggles along. "What you have to understand about the quadruple take is it is not in the same style as the single or double take. It's a different style of physical comedy," he says.
Using the line "her buns are the best," the veteran actor executes his repertoire of physical comedy, adding more neck turns as he moves from the single take to the triple. And finally when it comes to the quadruple, Stewart does half neck rolls for each look over which might make him quite dizzy he actually makes more than four turns.
"That actually might have been the quintuple take, because I lost count halfway through it," Stewart jokes. "But you get the principle - it remains the same," he says after the free acting lessons.