James Corden on Kanye, Cats & Doing an American Accent


THANK YOU FOR COMING. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>IT’S LOVELY TO BE HERE.>>Jimmy: I WILL SAY WHEN YOU CAME OUT IN THIS BEAUTIFUL SUIT FOR A MOMENT I THOUGHT OH, I — OH, I’VE DIED AND THE ANGEL HAS COME TO TAKE ME. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING FOR. A SORT OF SPEARMINT ANGEL.>>Jimmy: YES.>>I HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU. YOU HAVE DIED.>>Jimmy: OH.>>AND THIS IS HOW IT’S GOING TO GO DOWN.>>Jimmy: IT COULD BE WORSE THAN THIS. THAT’S FOR SURE. DID YOU WORK TODAY? DID YOU SHOOT A SHOW TODAY?>>WE DIDN’T SHOOT A SHOW. I’M DOING — I’VE JUST STARTED ON — I’M SHOOTING A FILM AT THE MINUTE SO, WE’RE NOT ON OUR SHOW TODAY. I’LL BE BACK ON THE SHOW WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY. AND THEN WE HAVE GUEST HOSTS FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS.>>Jimmy: YOU ARE VERY BUSY. WHAT FILM ARE YOU SHOOTING RIGHT NOW?>>I JUST STARTED A FILM CALLED “THE PROM.” IT’S A MUSICAL WRITTEN BY — IT’S BEING DIRECTED BY RYAN MURPHY.>>Jimmy: OH, WOW.>>AND IT’S ME, MERYL STREEP, NICOLE KIDMAN.>>Jimmy: OH, THEY’RE VERY GOOD.>>ANGIE REYNOLDS. KERRY WASHINGTON. YEAH. IT’S UTTERLY TERRIFYING. IT’S A TERRIFYING THING.>>Jimmy: WHAT DO YOU PLAY IN THIS?>>I PLAY A CHARACTER CALLED BARRY WHO IS A BROADWAY ACTOR AND STRUGGLING WITH LIFE AT THE MOMENT.>>BARRY’S HAVING TROUBLE?>>I FEEL UTTERLY TERRIFIED.>>Jimmy: WHY?>>BECAUSE I SIGNED UP TO DO IT IN LIKE FEBRUARY, AND IT’S BEEN REALLY EXCITING. I’M GOING TO DO THIS FILM WITH MERYL STREEP AND NICOLE KIDMAN. AND NOW I’M LIKE — I’M LIKE WHAT AM I DOING? I ALREADY HAVE A JOB. DO THIS. LIKE THIS — I KNOW HOW TO DO THIS. I’VE GOT THIS. WHAT AM I DOING THIS FOR?>>Jimmy: WHAT IS THE THING THAT’S BOTHERING YOU THE MOST ABOUT THIS? LET’S TALK THIS THROUGH. [ LAUGHTER ]>>WELL, THERE’S A LOT. I’M IN LOTS OF SCENES WITH MERYL STREEP, AND THAT’S ALWAYS TERRIFYING BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I’M GOING TO HAVE TO CARRY HER IN EVERY SCENE. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT MY MAIN WORRY, IT’S THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER DONE AN AMERICAN ACCENT. SO I’M PLAYING AN AMERICAN. AND THAT IS — THAT’S FILLING ME WITH SOME FEAR.>>Jimmy: NOW, WHEN YOU SAY “AN AMERICAN,” THAT IS NOT A PREVIEW — [ LAUGHTER ] THANS THAT IS NOT A PREVIEW OF YOUR AMERICAN ACCENT, IS IT?>>YES, IT IS.>>Jimmy: WE’LL HAVE TO WORK ON THIS.>>ALL RIGHT, ME LOVELIES, I’M AN AMERICAN. [ LAU [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: DO YOU HAVE A COACH, AN ACCENT COACH?>>I’VE GOT AN ACCENT COACH AND THAT’S WONDERFUL. BUT I WOULD SAY MY BEST ACCENT COACH IS ACTUALLY MY SON, MY 8-YEAR-OLD SON.>>Jimmy: OH.>>BECAUSE HE MOVED HERE TO AMERICA OBVIOUSLY WITH US. HE DIDN’T MOVE ON HIS OWN. [ LAUGHTER ] HE DIDN’T JUST SAY MUM AND DAD — >>Jimmy: AN AMAZING KID. HE SAILED HERE ON HIS OWN.>>NO, SO WHEN WE MOVED — HE WAS 3 WHEN WE MOVED. AND HE HAS GOT THIS INCREDIBLE THING WHERE HE TALKS IN A BRITISH ACCENT WITH ME AND MY WIFE AND AN AMERICAN ACCENT WITH ALL OF HIS BUDDIES AT SCHOOL, AND HIS TEACHERS. AND BETWEEN SENTENCE TO SENTENCE. SO HE’LL LIKE GO, “DAD, CAN WE GO IN THE GARDEN?” AND I GO YEAH, OF COURSE, BUDDY. AND HE GOES, “KERRY, COME ON, LET’S GO OUT IN THE YARD.” [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: I LIKE THAT.>>I’M JUST HANGING AROUND WITH HIM AND HOPING IT RUBS OFF.>>Jimmy: NOT ONLY DOES HE HAVE AN AMERICAN ACCENT HE HAS A CALIFORNIA ACCENT IT SOUNDS LIKE.>>OH, MY DAUGHTER WHO MOVED HERE WHEN SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD, SHE’S THE MOST CALIFORNIA. SHE’S LIKE, “OH, MY GOD.” [ LAUGHTER ] SHE’S 5 AND SHE’S LIKE, “I’M GOING ON A JUICE CLEANSE.” [ LAUGHTER ] IS THIS GLUTEN-FREE?>>Jimmy: KIDS REALLY INVENTED THE JUICE CLEANSE, DIDN’T THEY?>>FOR SURE. 100%.>>Jimmy: IT CAME IN A LITTLE BOX AT THAT TIME. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THE “LATE LATE SHOW” NOW? HOW MANY SEASONS?>>WE’VE BEEN ON THE AIR 4 1/2 YEARS.>>Jimmy: 4 1/2 YEARS.>>YES.>>Jimmy: YOU DO A GREAT JOB WITH THAT SHOW.>>THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: AND OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR BREAKOUT — YOU DO A LOT MORE THAN JUST CARPOOL KARAOKE. BUT YOU HAD — YOU DID AN EPISODE, IF YOU CALL IT THAT, WITH KANYE WEST NOT IN A CAR.>>NO. WE WENT IN AN AIRPLANE.>>Jimmy: IT WAS AN AIRPLANE.>>WITH HIS ENTIRE CHOIR.>>Jimmy: AND I’M VERY CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW THAT CAME TO PASS.>>WHY ARE YOU CURIOUS, JIMMY?>>Jimmy: BECAUSE I’VE BEEN IN THE MIX WITH KANYE AND I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES — THAT THINGS GO ACCORDING TO KANYE’S PLAN. NOT GOD’S PLAN. KANYE’S PLAN. [ LAUGHTER ]>>COMPLEX FELLOW. [ LAUGHTER ] WELL, HERE’S HOW IT WENT. THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE THIRD TIME THAT WE HAD TRIED TO DO A SORT OF CARPOOL KARAOKE WITH KANYE. THE FIRST TIME HE AGREED AND THEN HE CANCELED A FEW DAYS LATER. OH, THAT’S A SHAME, BUT IT’S FINE. THE SECOND TIME THAT KANYE CANCELED CARPOOL KARAOKE WAS SO LATE IN THE DAY THAT I WAS DRIVING UP HIS ROAD IN THE CAR. WITH ALL THE CAMERAS. AND GOT THIS PHONE CALL SAYING IT’S BEEN CANCELED. AND I LITERALLY — I THINK I BASICALLY TURNED AROUND OUTSIDE HIS HOUSE TO GO BACK TO THE STUDIO. SO THEN — HE SENT ME A TEXT. I THINK HE MIGHT HAVE TEXTED YOU AROUND THE SAME TIME. DID HE SEND YOU A TEXT SAYING I WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE CHOIR ON THE SHOW?>>Jimmy: YES. AND HE CALLED ME AS WELL.>>ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON.>>Jimmy: YES, THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. HE’S JUST GOING THROUGH THE Js IN HIS PHONE I GUESS. AND I THINK SO. HE’S LIKE WHAT IS IT, A TALK SHOW? IT STARTS WITH J. AND SO YES, COULD WE DO A CARPOOL KARAOKE WITH THE WHOLE CHOIR ON LIKE A BUS OR A TRUCK IN L.A.? AND I SAID YEAH, OF COURSE, THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. THAT WOULD BE GREAT, YE. [ LAUGHTER ] AND HE GOES, COOL, LET’S DO IT ON MONDAY. AND I WAS LIKE, WELL, THAT’S DIFFICULT. BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET A TRUCK. AND LIKE PERMITS.>>Jimmy: LOGISTICS ARE NOT HIS THING TO WORRY ABOUT.>>THE CHOIR I THINK IS 150 PEOPLE. THIS FEELS — AND IT’S A SATURDAY AFTERNOON. BUT HE GOES, NO, I THINK MONDAY WOULD BE GREAT. I’M LIKE, OKAY. ALL RIGHT. SO I THEN SET ABOUT — I CALLED BEN OUR PRODUCER. I CALLED ROB, THE PEOPLE THAT WORK ON THE SHOW. AND WE SET ABOUT MAKING IT HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE LIKE MONDAY’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. THAT WAS ON THE SUNDAY. MONDAY’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WEDNESDAY. WE’RE LIKE OKAY, THIS WE CAN DO. GREAT. WE GET PERMITS. WE DO THE THING. ALL THE STUFF. WE THEN TRY TO E-MAIL PEOPLE TO FIND OUT TIMES AND LOGISTICS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE A SHOW THAT NIGHT. NOTHING. WE’RE HEARING NOTHING FROM ANYONE. WEDNESDAY MORNING 11:00 A.M. SOMEONE SENDS AN E-MAIL SAYING IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TODAY. WE WERE LIKE YEAH, NO [ BLEEP ] IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TODAY. [ LAUGHTER ] AND THEN IT — IT THEN IT WENT QUIET. AND THEN, AND THIS IS WHERE HE’S BRILLIANT. THIS IS WHERE HE’S BRILLIANT. HE JUST THEN GOES, I WANT TO DO IT ON AN AIRPLANE. AND WE GO, OKAY. GREAT. YEAH. BUT YOU KNOW, WHY NOT? LET’S DO IT ON A SPACESHIP. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. AND TO HIS CREDIT, TO HIS CREDIT, HE AND HIS TEAM — >>Jimmy: HE ALWAYS COMES THROUGH IN THE END.>>GETS THE PLANE. EVEN WHEN I WAS DRIVING THERE, I WAS ON THE PHONE TO MY DAD TELLING MY DAD WHAT WE’RE ABOUT TO DO. AND MY DAD WAS LIKE, THIS IS INCREDIBLE. AND I WAS LIKE, IT COULD BE. BUT I’M STILL — EVEN AS I WALKED ONTO THE PLANE I THOUGHT AT SOME POINT SOMEONE’S GOING TO GO, YEAH, NO, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TODAY. WE’RE GOING TO DO IT TOMORROW. AND THERE HE WAS. AND I HAVE TO SAY, OF ALL THE THINGS WE’VE DONE ON THE SHOW, AND I CONSIDER SO MANY THINGS WE’VE DONE TO HAVE BEEN AN ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE, LIKE BEING ON THAT PLANE SURROUNDED BY THAT CHOIR SITTING WITH HIM, AND HE WAS IN A GREAT PLACE AND IN THE BEST MOOD, I WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET WHAT THAT CHOIR SOUNDED LIKE ON THAT AIRPLANE. IT WAS AN ASTONISHING THING. AND I REALLY THOUGHT THIS IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME THING THAT I WILL NEVER, EVER BE ABLE TO — I’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET IT. IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOMENT.>>Jimmy: DID YOU TURN YOUR LIFE OVER TO JESUS? [ LAUGHTER ]>>DO YOU KNOW WHAT? I WAS CLOSE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WE’LL WORK ON IT IN THE COMMERCIAL.>>I WAS CLOSE.>>Jimmy: JAMES CORDEN IS HERE. HE’S IN “CATS.” WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. JAMES CORDEN IS HERE. HE’S IN THE MOVIE “CATS.” I HAVE A STILL OF YOU AS ONE OF THE CATS. [ LAUGHTER ] BE HONEST. WAS THIS A NIGHTMARE TO GET INTO THIS HAIR AND ALL OF THIS STUFF?>>NO, NO, NO. THIS IS ALL COMPUTER GENERATED. SO EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF FUR IS ADDED BY A COMPUTER. IT’S TECHNOLOGY THAT’S NEVER, EVER BEEN USED IN A FILM BEFORE.>>Jimmy: I DON’T BELIEVE IT. IS YOUR BEARD REAL?>>THIS IS REAL.>>Jimmy: THAT’S REAL. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH IS WHICH? IS THAT REALLY COMPUTER GENERATED?>>EVERYTHING. SO WHEN YOU SHOOT THE FILM ALL YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE A COMPUTER SORT OF BAND AROUND YOUR HEAD, YOU HAVE DOTS ALL OVER YOUR FACE, AND THEN I WAS IN LIKE A HUGE SORT OF — BECAUSE MY CAT’S A VERY, VERY FAT CAT. AND AS YOU CAN TELL, I AM INCREDIBLY IN SHAPE. [ LAUGHTER ] SO I WAS IN A BIG SORT OF ROUND CGI SUIT THAT’S ALSO COVERED IN DOTS. AND THEN UNDER THAT YOU HAVE A SUIT WITH THESE COMPUTERS. SO SOMETIMES THERE WERE LIKE 50 PEOPLE IN A SHOT ALL BEING CATS, ALL JUST WITH DOTS ALL OVER THEM, AND THEN EVERYTHING’S BEING BEAMED TO 50 COMPUTERS AND THEN THEY ADD ALL THE FUR, THE EARS, THE TAIL, EVERYTHING. IT’S QUITE EXTRAORDINARY.>>Jimmy: IT SOUNDS UNBELIEVABLE THAT THEY COULD DO THAT. IT SEEMS ALMOST LIKE YOU DIDN’T NEED TO BE IN THE MOVIE IN A WAY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THAT’S CERTAINLY ONE WAY OF LOOKING AT IT, JIMMY, YEAH. IT’S A WEIRD — LOOK, THE WHOLE THING, I HAVE TO SAY, I HAD THE — AS GOOD A TEN DAYS’ WORK AS I’VE EVER ENJOYED BEING WITH TOM HOOPER AND EVERYBODY, WHO DIRECTED THE MOVIE. I JUST LOVED IT. BUT WE HAD LIKE ONE DAY WHICH WAS ME, TAYLOR SWIFT, REBEL WILSON, IDRIS ELBA, SIR IAN McKELLAN AND JUDI DENCH ALL SHOOTING A SCENE TOGETHER. NOW, THAT IN ITSELF IS QUITE EXTRAORDINARY. THEN WHEN YOU ADD THE LAYER OF EVERYBODY PRETENDING TO BE A CAT, YOU REALLY CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL YOU’RE ON SOME KIND OF HALLUCINOGENIC — YOU’RE LIKE LOOKING AT JUDI DENCH AND SHE’S LIKE — AND YOU’RE LIKE THIS IS — [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: SHE DOESN’T USUALLY DO THAT.>>YOU REALLY THINK FOR A LONG TIME, ARE WE BEING PUNKED? IS THIS REAL?>>Jimmy: MAY I ASK YOU ABOUT ANOTHER THING? GAVIN AND STACEY, THIS IS A SHOW THAT REALLY MADE YOU FAMOUS IN THE UK. [ APPLAUSE ]>>OH, YEAH.>>Jimmy: AND THAT SHOW WENT OFF THE AIR IN WHAT, 2010?>>MY FRIEND RUTH JONES AND I, WE WROTE THE SHOW, YEAH, ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO. SO IT FINISHED IN 2010.>>Jimmy: NOW YOU HAVE A REUNION SPECIAL THAT’S SET TO AIR ON CHRISTMAS DAY.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Jimmy: YOU PUT IT UP, IT GOT LIKE 3 MILLION VIEWS FOR THE TRAILER IMMEDIATELY. AND THIS WAS WEIRD BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING WE DON’T REALLY KNOW ABOUT HERE EVEN THOUGH WE KNOW YOU.>>WELL, THAT’S WHAT A LOT OF AMERICA DOESN’T UNDERSTAND, IS THERE’S LOTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES. [ LAUGHTER ] THEY’RE ALL DOING STUFF. IT’S AN AMAZING — I SOMETIMES HAVE TO REMIND THE TEACHERS IN MY SON’S SCHOOL, LIKE YOU KNOW THERE’S OTHER STUFF GOING ON.>>Jimmy: WE DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT.>>YOU THOUGHT YOUR PRESIDENT, HE’S NOT GREAT, WE’VE GOT A PRIME MINISTER, HE’S AN IDIOT. IT’S DIFFICULT.>>Jimmy: ARE YOU GOING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?>>YEAH, WE’LL BE GOING BACK HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.>>Jimmy: YOU’LL THEREBY FOR — >>I’LL GET TO WATCH THE SHOW, YEAH. AND IF PEOPLE HATE IT, I’LL GET OUT AS SOON AS I CAN.>>Jimmy: IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. JAMES CORDEN, EVERYBODY. GO SEE HIM IN “CATS” DECEMBER 20th. AND EVERY NIGHT AS SOON AS OUR SHOW IS OVER.

100 thoughts on “James Corden on Kanye, Cats & Doing an American Accent

  1. Can't bear his transatlantic drawl. He doesn't need a voice coach , he has adopted that awful thing Brits do when they move to the USA

  2. Why did Corden suddenly start affecting these really effeminate cadence when he went to America? It's even cringier than how he was back in the UK.

  3. When James speaks I see a beautiful world with doves flying around and everyone is happy, including the garbage man.
    When jimmy speaks I see death, hell, and despair

  4. I love how the interviewer interviews and interviewer too you could tell James talking nerves but then it goes away

  5. Skip. Amazing how anyone thinks Mr. Corden is funny. Talk show host interviews talk show host. About as interesting as a movie about making movies. Narcissism gone wild.

  6. My friends also cancel on me last minute but they don't make it up buy letting me fly in a private plane with a whole choir… points for Kanye

  7. I dont know if i processed what was said during this interview my mind was too busy trying to process how stUnning that suit is

  8. that thing of switching accents jame's son does, i (as a child who moved from one country to another, too) did it all the time as well. it's sort of a survival thing. you don't want people making fun of your accent. now that i'm older i don't do it anymore, i actually like my og accent a lot.

  9. People here think we're the only country on earth and that we're the only american country of the american continent.

  10. I love James Corden as a TV personality and late night host. But I've heard he's actually a pretty big jerk off-screen. Anyone know–is there truth to that?

  11. James Corden is such a nice, personable, naturally funny guy. Came here to watch him, and him only. The host…not so much.

  12. This is exactly why I don’t like Jimmy Kimmel. Maybe Kanye West has a lot to learn but Jimmy is certainly giving Kanye a run for his money and has no room to talk about ANYONE else’s behavior. Get some class, Jimmy.

  13. Does anyone else think Cats looks HORRENDOUS? I wish they’d just animated it and spared us the creepy CGI-fuelled nightmares. I’d rather go to the dentist than sit through that. Even with Idris in it. Ugh. 🤢

  14. Kanye is the biggest jerk. Why people like that a$$hat is beyond me. I would've told him to f off after his second cancelation.

  15. Why these shitty people laugh when someone speaks about JESUS? Is it added later or people are really filled with evil?

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