Talking crap with the stars of ‘When Duty Calls’

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Talking crap with the stars of ‘When Duty Calls’
Talking crap with the stars of ‘When Duty Calls’
31 Jul 2017

Talking crap with the stars of ‘When Duty Calls’

Photos: Tammi Tan
Videos: Genice Ooi, Goh Wen Kai

We all know that when [acting] duty calls, our artistes will rise to the occasion and deliver their best performance (just look at Desmond Tan and his willingness to chow down raw fish in front of the camera).

But what happens when nature calls (a.k.a. you really need a toilet) – and you’re just not in a position to answer?

Just for fun, we asked the stars of When Duty Calls at last week’s press conference a variety of “call” related questions, including: when they were forced to ignore the aforementioned call of nature, the longest phone call they’ve ever been on, if they prefer to call or text, and more.

And boy, they did not disappoint with their answers. Read on and be amused (and maybe slightly grossed out).

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
31 Jul 2017

Desmond Tan

Do you prefer to call or text, and why?
I’d rather text. Since I was young, I never enjoyed calling because I don’t know what to say and I don’t like the feeling of my ear heating up from the phone.

Do you receive prank calls often, and what’s the most annoying one you’ve gotten?
The first prank call I got was in secondary school when a friend rang me up and asked me to go to the toilet. We did that quite a lot back then, like whenever we were at camps, we would do it to friends who were not with us. (laughs)

What’s the longest phone call you’ve ever been on?
It would probably be in secondary school when I was still dating my schoolmates, which is part and parcel of puppy love. I never enjoyed phone calls but those were rare exceptions where I didn’t mind talking nonstop. I think the longest was at least one or two hours.

When’s a time when nature called, but you were unable to answer?
Plenty. I think part of being in this line involves learning how to control your bladder and bowels. (laughs) There are some locations where there are really no toilets so you just have to hold it in. Somehow, you get to know your body better, so you take in less water, or you learn how to convert whatever liquid you have in your bladder to hydrate yourself again. [Ed’s note: Wait, WHAT!?]

What’s the most number of missed calls you’ve turned on your phone to find?
I get the most missed calls during live shows. I don’t remember the highest number of missed calls I’ve gotten, but I don’t think it hit 100. Maybe around 50?

There’s a popular hit song called ‘Call Me Maybe’. Has a stranger ever hit on you and asked for your number, and did you give it to them?
I did get hit on quite a bit back in the day when I was still an active clubber, but usually it was just one per night, not multiple hits a day.

Romeo Tan
Romeo Tan
31 Jul 2017

Romeo Tan

Do you prefer to call or text, and why?
I prefer to text because sometimes it’s hard to convey things verbally. Although you get the answer fast, I prefer to go the “dilly-dally” way, but I might call them eventually.

Do you receive prank calls often, and what’s the most annoying one you’ve gotten?
Yes, I get prank calls quite often because I’ve had this number since secondary one. I’ve received calls from people asking, “Do you really stay at [Romeo’s home address]? Can I meet you at your void deck later?” Thankfully, no one’s ever actually tried to meet me there.

What’s the longest phone call you’ve ever been on?
It was with my ex-girlfriend. We were on the phone for about four hours until I fell asleep.

When’s a time when nature called, but you were unable to answer?
I don’t have much of a problem for “big business” (pooping) because I only need to do it once every few days. It’s not very effective. (laughs) For “small business” (peeing) I go quite often, but not as often as Zhang Zhen Huan! (laughs) Whenever I need to go, I manage to go.

There was once, I was on the MRT during peak hour and needed to do super “big business”. I couldn’t tolerate it any longer so I got off at the next stop and rushed to the toilet to clear it. I opened the door, sat on the toilet bowl and immediately “boom, boom, boom, boom!” [Ed’s note: Great. Thanks for the mental image, Romeo.]

What’s the most number of missed calls you’ve turned on your phone to find?
20-something? They were all from the same person and about work-related things lah.

Shane Pow
Shane Pow
31 Jul 2017

Shane Pow

Do you prefer to call or text, and why?
It depends on who it is, but I generally prefer to text unless it’s very important or if I’m driving. I checked my bill for last month, and my outgoing calls totalled four minutes, so as you can tell, I only spent four minutes in a month talking on the phone.

Do you receive prank calls often, and what’s the most annoying one you’ve gotten?
I used to get more prank calls from my friends last time. They would call me in the middle of the night asking me to wake up and pee. Guys always do that, I tell you.

I’ve also been the one doing the pranking. I was stuck in a traffic jam and a telemarketer called me to sell me stuff, so I tried counter-pitching by selling stuff to her as well. It was quite fun. (laughs) [Ed’s note: Naughty!]

What’s the longest phone call you’ve ever been on?
When I was in secondary school and texting was expensive, my friends and I had conference calls that would average four to five hours, and they would happen once or twice a week.

When’s a time when nature called, but you were unable to answer?
It happened recently when I was in China. I was s***ting in an open toilet with no doors, and there was even another fella behind me, watching a show on his phone. The smell was [so bad] so I was like, nope, I want to get out, so I left after just finishing my “business” halfway.

What’s the most number of missed calls you’ve turned on your phone to find?
I think it has hit 60 or 70 before. A very long time ago, I went out with a bunch of friends and got quite drunk. I don’t remember how I got home, but when I woke up I had a lot of missed calls from friends who wanted to make sure I was all right. I called back and got bombarded with vulgarities. (laughs)

There’s a popular hit song called ‘Call Me Maybe’. Has a stranger ever hit on you and asked for your number, and did you give it to them?
I once worked part-time at a sushi restaurant and there were diners who asked me for my number, but I gave them my online messenger ID instead. I was about 16 at that time and they were usually 18 or 19-year-old girls. I guess they thought I was cute lah. (laughs)

Note: The still in the photo above is from a scene in 'When Duty Calls' - not actual footage of Shane on the loo!

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
31 Jul 2017

Paige Chua

Do you prefer to call or text, and why?
I prefer to text someone because you know you’re not going to interrupt whatever they’re doing, so you give them space and time to reply. Unless of course, it’s serious, then I will call.

Do you receive prank calls often, and what’s the most annoying one you’ve gotten?
I once got a scam call from someone pretending to be my old teacher who needed money. For a moment I actually wanted to transfer it to him, but I got in touch with my real teacher and realised he didn’t actually try to contact me, so thankfully I didn’t fall for it.

What’s the longest phone call you’ve ever been on?
I think it was for over an hour with my ex-boyfriend. I was chatting on a payphone at my hostel, so I kept putting coins in. It was long but inexpensive, so it was not so bad lah.

When’s a time when nature called, but you were unable to answer?
When I was on a tour to the Great Wall in China. I didn’t want to use the toilets there because they were crowded and had no doors, but in the end I couldn’t tahan (stand it) so I did what I had to do, using an umbrella to shield myself. I held it in for a very long time, it felt like an eternity! (laughs)

What’s the most number of missed calls you’ve turned on your phone to find?
Probably close to 10, I guess? But people rarely call me nowadays, they just text.

There’s a popular hit song called ‘Call Me Maybe’. Has a stranger ever hit on you and asked for your number, and did you give it to them?
It’s not something that’s common to me. I guess it’s because I have a “don’t mess with me” face! (laughs)

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
31 Jul 2017

Felicia Chin

Do you prefer to call or text, and why?
I prefer to call because sometimes when you text, you have to wait for the person to reply, so you might as well call them, right?

Do you receive prank calls often, and what’s the most annoying one you’ve gotten?
I’ve received prank calls before and I think the annoying ones are when they come at 3am. Sometimes they are just missed calls, where you pick up the phone and the person hangs up. It’s pretty disturbing.

What’s the longest phone call you’ve ever been on?
Recently it’s definitely with Jeffrey [Xu], where we talk until the phone is burning next to our ear after a long phone call (of about two to three hours). But I must say my mum takes the cake for the longest text: she will send me nine-minute voice messages!

When’s a time when nature called, but you were unable to answer?
When I was in primary school, I couldn’t answer the call and did something in the lift that I really shouldn’t have done. (laughs) I shan’t say too much, I’ll leave it to your imagination!

What’s the most number of missed calls you’ve turned on your phone to find?
About nine or 10? They’re usually from my loved ones. In a strange way, I find it comforting because it makes me feel like they really care for me and made an effort to look for me.

There’s a popular hit song called ‘Call Me Maybe’. Has a stranger ever hit on you and asked for your number, and did you give it to them?
Yes, I’ve received that before, but I didn’t give it to them. Many years ago, I was sitting alone in a café when someone tried to show me that he has a car nearby. It was just very weird proposition.

When Duty Calls airs weeknights, 9pm on Channel 8; watch it on Toggle-It-First.

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