[movieperson id="1017548"]Jackson Rathbone[/movieperson] probably doesn't worry too much about making ends meet these days, what with two summer blockbusters — "Eclipse" and "The Last Airbender" — hitting theaters next week. But the actor didn't always have deep pockets.
"When I was 17, I was always trying to find ways to make money," he says in a new episode of "When I Was 17," airing Saturday. "When I was back home for the holidays, especially for the summer, I would DJ weddings, birthday parties, all types of events. I was DJ Joyride. I don't know why — sounded cool at the time," he laughed.
When Rathbone wasn't earning dough spinning tunes, he and his pals were busy pulling major pranks at school. "We did a lot of prank wars," Rathbone remembered.
"We were kind of the prank-war gods so to speak," his friend Ben added. But the prank-war gods had the tables turned on them in one particularly memorable instance.
"We came back to our [high school dorm] room and we saw a ransom note in place of our trophy piece, which was a plastic model goose," Ben explained.
"The goose is one of those prized possessions you get and you don't know why," Rathbone continued. "You've got it, but it's just something that you like and we discovered that our friend stole our goose."
This audacious bit of thievery sent Rathbone and his crew of prankster pals into full-on battle mode.
"To get him back, we asked the girl that he liked to write him a note saying to meet him at the beach at a certain time," Rathbone confessed. "He goes down to the beach. We all jump out of the bushes, hog-tie him, rip his shirt off, write 'goose thief' on his chest and make him walk to the dorm in his boxers, hands tied behind his back for all the world to see what a goose thief gets."
"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Jackson Rathbone, Keri Hilson and Johnny Weir — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.