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How Emma Thompson Prepared For 'Late Night'

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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY FIRST GUEST IS A TWO-TIME ACADEMY
  • AWARD WINNER YOU KNOW FROM "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY," "LOVE
  • ACTUALLY," AND "HOWARD'S END."
  • PLEASE WELCOME, DAME EMMA THOMPSON!
  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪
  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) ♪ ♪ ♪
  • ♪ ♪ ♪ ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
  • >> WOOO!
  • OH!
  • >> Stephen: DELIGHTFUL.
  • DELIGHTFUL.
  • I'M AFRAID THAT'S ALL WE HAVE TIME FOR.
  • THANK YOU.
  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) THEY'RE VERY EXCITED.
  • THEY'RE VERY EXCITED.
  • >> THANK YOU.
  • ANYWAY, SO, TAXI.
  • I'M EXHAUSTED NOW!
  • I'M EXHAUSTED!
  • >> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK.
  • >> I'M SO GLAD AND HAPPY TO SEE YOU.
  • >> Stephen: YOU KNOW, AN INTERESTING THING HAS HAPPENED
  • SINCE THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE.
  • YOU HAVE BIG NEWS IN YOUR LIFE.
  • YOU CAN VEHICLE A DAME FOR THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DON'T KNOW.
  • EXPLAIN WHAT A "DAME" IS?
  • >> WELL, I'M NOT ENTIRELY SURE.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) NOTHING SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGED.
  • I THOUGHT MAYBE.
  • WHEN IT HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY IN
  • SOME WAY-- I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, I HAD ALL THE CHAIRS IN MY HOUSE
  • RAISED SLIGHTLY, THE ONES I SIT IN OBVIOUSLY GLERCH ELSE'S--
  • >> NOT TOO HIGH.
  • SO PEOPLE ARE SLIGHTLY-- "IS SHE-- IS SHE HIGHER?"
  • BUT NOT SURE.
  • TINY BIT SORT OF CONFUSED.
  • I THOUGHT I WOULD BE GREETED BY PLEAS MEN IN THE STREET.
  • I THOUGHT I WOULD BE ABLE TO WALK MY SHEEP OVER THE LONDON
  • BRIDGE.
  • I DON'T KNOW.
  • BUT EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE THE SAME.
  • >> Stephen: WELL, I'M SO SORRY.
  • >> YES, WHAT I CAN TELL YOU?
  • >> Stephen: HERE IS THE MOMENT YOURSELF.
  • HERE IS YOU, RECEIVING YOUR DAMEHOOD, RIGHT THERE, WITH
  • PRINCE WILLIAM.
  • PRINCE WILLIAM.
  • >> SHE'S VERY NICE.
  • >> Stephen: VERY NICE FELLA?
  • >> SUCH A NICE BOY.
  • >> Stephen: DID YOU KNOW HIM ALREADY BEFORE THIS MOMENT?
  • >> I DID KNOW HIM ALREADY, YES, I DID.
  • BECAUSE I KNOW HIS DAD QUITE WELL.
  • AND HE'S LOVELY.
  • BUT I HAD ONLY SEEN HIM WHEN HE WAS QUITE A TALL BABY.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) AND-- AND HE'S GOT A LOT TALLER.
  • >> Stephen: "TALL BABY.
  • TALL BABY."
  • >> A VERY TALL BABY.
  • AND HE WAS JUST SO DELIGHTFUL.
  • AND NOW, OF COURSE, GROWN UP WITH CHILDREN EVERYTHING AND.
  • >> Stephen: AND HAS BABIES OF HIS OWN.
  • >> I RUSHED TO HIM AND SAID, "DARLING, CAN I KISS YOU?"
  • AND HE SAID, "NO, NO, YOU CAN'T KISS ME."
  • I KISSED HIM LATER.
  • >> Stephen: THAT'S NICE.
  • I ALSO NOTICED IN THIS PHOTOGRAPH YOU'RE WEARING--
  • >> SNEAKERS.
  • >> Stephen: YOU'RE WEARING ATHLETIC SHOES.
  • >> THEY'RE POSH SNEAKERS.
  • EVERYBODY GAVE ME A LOT OF TBRUBL THAT.
  • BUT I THINK THEY LOOK NICE.
  • >> Stephen: THEY DO.
  • SO YOU CAN GET AWAY QUICKLY IN CASE THERE'S A SWORD.
  • IS THERE A SWORD INVOLVED?
  • >> NO, AND IT'S NOT FAIR.
  • MY HUSBAND IS VERY CROSS.
  • IF YOU ARE GIVEN A KNIGHTHOOD, THE WIFE BECOMES LADY SO-AND-SO.
  • AND THE HUSBAND GETS NOTHING.
  • >> Stephen: YOU'RE DAME.
  • >> I'M DAME AND HE'S PLAY OLD GREG MEH.
  • AND HE'S NOT PLEASED.
  • >> Stephen: SURE, I CAN SEE.
  • >> PLUS, I WEAR THE BADGE IN BED.
  • AND IT'S SHARP.
  • IT'S SHARP.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) ( APPLAUSE )
  • VERY POINTY.
  • >> Stephen: SURE.
  • >> POINTY.
  • >> Stephen: SURE.
  • YOU HAVE A BADGE?
  • YOU HAVE A BADGE?
  • >> IT'S A BIG BADGE.
  • IT'S A BADGE, A DOUBLE BADGE.
  • >> Stephen: IF YOU GET PULLED OVER, YOU CAN PLABFLASH IT TO
  • THE COP AND SAY, "EXCUSE ME, DAME."
  • >> OH OR YOU CAN FLASH IT AND TA HIS EYE OUT.
  • >> Stephen: YOU WANTED TO WALK YOUR SHEEP OVER LONDON BRIDGE.
  • I KNOW YOU SPEND A FAIR AMOUNT OF TIME IN SCOTLAND.
  • DO YOU HAVE SHEEP?
  • >> ACTUALLY, THIS IS QUITE A GOOD STORY.
  • DO I MIND IF I TELL YOU A STORY?
  • >> Stephen: I WOULD LOVE A GOOD STORY.
  • >> ABOUT SCOTLAND.
  • MY DAUGHTER BFS EIGHT.
  • SO THE SHEEP WERE IN THE FIELD, AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIELD
  • THERE'S A LITTLE PLACE WHERE I GO TO WASH.
  • I WASH IN THE RIVER.
  • AND OFTEN, IF THE WEATHER IS NICE, I WILL WASH NAKED.
  • >> Stephen: YOU HAVE INDOOR PLUMBING, RIGHT?
  • >> MORE OR LESS, MORE OR LESS, YES.
  • SO I WALKED DOWN WITH THE TOWEL, HAD A WASH AND WALKED BACK UP
  • AND THAT'S WHAT I DID-- NAKED.
  • TAWZBECAUSE THERE'S NO ONE AROUND EXCEPT THE SHEEP.
  • OBVIOUSLY, THEY ARE APPALLED, APPALLED.
  • THERE'S A LOT OF RUSHING, "SHE'S COMING.
  • SHE'S COMING."
  • THEY'RE JUST APPALLED.
  • >> Stephen: SOMEONE JUST SHEERED HER.
  • >> SHEER HER, SHEER HER.
  • DO SOMETHING!
  • HE'S COMING UP THE FIELD BUY.
  • BAAAA"P" IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, IT'S ABOUT 10:00, MY
  • DAUGHTER AND I-- SHE'S ABOUT EIGHT.
  • FOR SOME REASON WE WERE ALONE IN THE HOUSE, BANGING ON THE DOOR,
  • REALLY BIG BANGING, KIND OF HALLOWEEN STYLE.
  • AND I CAME DOWNSTAIRS AND THERE'S A MASSIVE, A VERY
  • GOOD-LOOKING POLICEMAN STANDING OUTSIDE OUR PORCH, WHICH IS
  • WEIRD BECAUSE OUR PLACE IS WAY IN THE WILDS.
  • AND I OPENED THE DOOR.
  • AND HE SAYS, "I'M TERRIBLY SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, MRS. THOMPSON,
  • BUT WE'VE HAD A REPORT THAT YOU HAD AN INTRUDER ON YOUR PROPERTY
  • TODAY."
  • AND I SAID, "AN INTRUDER?" I IMMEDIATELY TURNED INTO JAMIE
  • LEE CURTIS, IMMEDIATELY.
  • AND I REACH FOR THE NEAREST WEAPON.
  • I HID MY DAUGHTER IN THE CUPBOARD.
  • I SAID, "WHAT KIND OF INTRUDER?" AND HE SAID, "WELL, SHE SAID IT
  • WAS A NAKED MAN, ABOUT 50 YEARS OLD."
  • ( LAUGHTER ) SO I-- I LOOKED AT THIS
  • POLICEMAN, AND I THOUGHT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND WAS FROM A DISTANCE, MY BOOBS
  • HAVE DROPPED SO FAR THEY READ AS TESTICLES.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) AND I NEARLY--
  • ♪ ♪ ♪ THANK YOU SO MUCH.
  • THANK YOU FOR ITTHA THAT RIFF.
  • BOOBS, TESTICLES, RIFF.
  • DA-DA-DA!
  • BAD, BAD, REALLY BAD, LIKE MINOR CHORD.
  • I'VE NEVER RECOVERED.
  • I KEEP TRYING TO FIND THAT POLICEMAN.
  • HE WAS GORGEOUS.
  • AND THEN HE SAID TO ME, "IT'S ALL RIGHT.
  • I'M SO SORRY.
  • SHE DOESN'T SEE VERY WELL."
  • MY DAUGHTER SAID, "MOM, THAT'S ABOUT THE TIME YOU CAME BACK
  • FROM--" "SHUT UP!
  • SHUT UP!" THE SHEEP WERE ALL OUT THERE AT THAT POINT GOING,
  • "IT WAS HER!
  • IT WAS HER."
  • THEY HAVE NO LOYALTY.
  • >> Stephen: NOW YOU HAVE A NEW FILM WITH MINDY KALING.
  • >> YESTERDAY, THE WONDERFUL MINDY KALING.
  • >> Stephen: IT'S CALLED "LATE NIGHT," AND YOU PLAY KATHERINE
  • NEWBURY, WHO IS THE HOST OF A SHOWED CALLED "TONIGHT," IN THE
  • UNITED STATES.
  • >> YUP.
  • >> Stephen: AND WE HAVE A CLIP HERE.
  • YOU'RE IN THE WRITER'S ROOM.
  • YOU CAN TELL WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS CLIP?
  • WHY ARE YOU IN WITH THE WRITERS?
  • >> BECAUSE SHE'S LOST HER MOAJO, REALLY.
  • AND SHE NEEDS TO MAKE THE SHOW BETTER BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN
  • THREATENED WITH IT BEING CUT, AND SHE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT.
  • IT'S HER ONLY THING.
  • >> Stephen: SHE'S THE MAINSTAY OF LATE NIGHT.
  • SHE'S BEEN THERE 20 YEARS.
  • >> YES, SO IT'S BASICALLY SCIENCE FICTION.
  • ( LAUGHTER ) DID YOU SEE THE WAY I SLIPPED
  • THAT IN.
  • SNEAKY.
  • SNEAKY LITTLE POLITICAL REMARK THERE FROM DAME THOMPSON.
  • >> Stephen: WE DON'T NEED POLITICS IN LATE NIGHT.
  • >> OH, NO, WE REALLY DON'T.
  • GOOD GRIEF.
  • ANYWAY, SO SHE'S COME INTO THE WRITERS' ROOM TO TALK TO THEM
  • AND GIVE THEM A ROW AND SAY, "YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE THIS
  • BETTER."
  • >> Stephen: JAMES.
  • >> IF I MAY, I JUST WANT TO SAY, IT IS SUCH AN HONOR TO MEET YOU,
  • MISS NEW BER.
  • I'M CHRIS REYNOLDS.
  • >> WHEN MY PARENTS GOT DIVORCED--
  • >> I DON'T KNOW WHO ANY OF YOU ARE.
  • I DON'T KNOW WHO ANY OF THEM ARE.
  • >> OH, WELL TOM.
  • I'M-- I'M TOM.
  • I WRITE THE MONOLOGUE.
  • I'M ACTUALLY THE YOUNGEST MONOLOGUE WRITER IN THE HISTORY
  • OF THE SHOW.
  • >> I DON'T CARE.
  • >> OKAY.
  • >> DO YOU KNOW I'M NOT GOING TO REMEMBER ANY OF THIS.
  • HERE'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO.
  • YOU'RE ONE, TWO, THREE.
  • FOUR.
  • >> HI, CATHERINE.
  • >> OH, THANK GOD.
  • HOW IS YOUR BABY?
  • >> SHE'S 27.
  • ( LAUGHTER ).
  • >> Stephen: TRUE.
  • ALL OF IT.
  • TRUE TO LIFE.
  • ( APPLAUSE ) >> BUT YOU SEE, I THINK IT IS
  • TRUE TO LIFE.
  • >> Stephen: A LITTLE BIT.
  • >> A LITTLE BIT.
  • >> Stephen: FROM SEEING THIS, DID IT MAKE YOU WANT TO HOST A
  • LATE-NIGHT SHOW?
  • DOES IT APPEAL TO YOU ATALLY.
  • >> HAVING DONE "S.N.L."
  • RECENTLY-- ( APPLAUSE )
  • DID YOU SEE IT?
  • IT'S IRRELEVANT TO THIS INTERVIEW, BUT THANK YOU VERY
  • MUCH, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
  • THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.
  • BUT IT WAS SO INTERESTING WATCHING THE WRITERS, THAT
  • PROCESS OF THEM WRITING AND THINKING AND CREATING ALL NIGHT.
  • AND YOU JUST THINK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT, ACTUALLY, BECAUSE YOU
  • THINK ABOUT LAUGHING.
  • MARK TWAIN, RIGHT, YOU KNOW THAT BIT?
  • >> Stephen: I'M FAMILIAR WITH HIS WORK.
  • >> THERE'S A CHARACTER-- AND I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE WORK
  • IS-- BUT IT'S SATAN AND HE'S TALKING TO HUMAN BEINGS AND HE'S
  • SAYS, "YOU KNOW, YOU PEOPLE, YOU'RE A BIS PATHET.
  • >> BUT YOU DO HAVE ONE POWERFUL WEAPON, AND THAT IS LAUGHTER.
  • BECAUSE YOU CAN PUSH AT HUMBUG AND IDIOCY AND POWER WITH WORDS
  • WSUPPLICATION, WITH PERSUASION, BUT ONLY"-- THIS IS WHAT HE
  • SAYS.
  • I LOVE THIS.
  • "ONLY LAUGHTER WILL BLOW IT TO RAGS AND ATOMS AT A BLAST
  • AGAINST THE ASSAULT OF LAUGHTER, NOTHING CAN STAND."
  • WHICH, OF COURSE, IS UNTRUE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TRUMP, AND WE
  • LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.
  • ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) >> Stephen: WELL SAID.
  • BUT IT'S A NICE THOUGHT.
  • >> YOU TRY.
  • IT'S A NICE THOUGHT.
  • >> Stephen: "LATE NIGHT" IS IN THEATERS JUNE 7.
  • EMMA THOMPSON, EVERYBODY!
  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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Dame Emma Thompson's preparation for 'Late Night' left her with a new appreciation for the late-night creative process and the power of laughter.

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