By Megan Daley
Updated September 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Some birthday celebrations are kept simple: just friends, family, and a candle-topped cake. But for Josh Lucas’ birthday on the set of Ron Howard’s 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, the birthday festivities were turned up a notch with the help of his mom, Russell Crowe, and an auditorium filled with people.

For EW’s Greatest Story Ever Told video series, Lucas explains the events of his 30th birthday, which eventually led to the best chorus of “Happy Birthday,” anyone has probably ever received. Check out the video above for the full narrative.

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Lucas’ latest film, The Mend, is now in theaters and available via VOD.