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>> announcer: it's "the late show with stephen colbert!" plus, stephen welcomes: and musical guest, featuring jon batiste and stay human. and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert! ( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey, how are you.
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thank you very much. voice of an angel, voice of an angel. hey, everybody! thank you very much. ( audience chanting "stephen" ) hello! thank you very much, folks. good to see you here. ♪ ♪ ♪ please take a seat, everybody, thank you so much. ladies and gentlemen, welcome one and all to "the late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. ( cheers and applause ) folks, today, congress dropped episode three of the january 6th committee hearings, in prime time: 1:00 p.m. on a thursday. now, there was a bunch of video testimony, a lot of documents, a
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lot of questions of the two live witnesses. and this is what we learned: all the lawyers knew that overturning the election was a crime. they all told each other that they knew it was a crime. they all told everybody in the white house it was a crime, including the president. they told him, "sir, it's a crime." and he said, "thank you for clearing that up. now, let's go do that crime." ( laughter ) some of the crimes-- some of the crimes were procedural and constitutional. a little light sedition among friends. some of them were more straightforward, like... what's the word... trying to murder mike pence. and the first part of today's hearing focused on the now-infamous plan to have pence just reject biden's electors out of hand. that was concocted by disgraced lawyer and cotton swab seeing where you're about to stick him, john eastman. according to the committee today, eastman knew his theory was complete b.s.
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and to prove that, they called pence's former lawyer and man who has no problem with the "hearing" part of congressional hearings, greg jacob. now, mr. jacob recalled what he said to eastman about a vice president being able to name who won the election. >> "john, back in 2000, you weren't jumping up and saying al gore had this authority to do that. you would not want kamala harris to be able to exercise that kind of authority in 2024 when, i hope, republicans will win the election, and i know you hope that, too, john." and he said, "absolutely. al gore did not have a basis to do it in 2000. kamala harris shouldn't be able to do it in 2024. but i think you should do it today." ( audience boos ) >> stephen: it's just a classic case of "do as i say, not as i coup." ( laughter and applause ) really? ( laughing sheep sound ) really? ( laughing sheep sound ) okay. then they played footage of
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jacob explaining what the president knew about the crime, and when he knew it: >> did john eastman ever admit, as far as you know, in front of the president, that his proposal would violate the electoral count act? >> i believe he did, on the 4th. >> stephen: okay, the 4th. but that's two whole days before the 6th. and everyone knows the president's got the memory of a goldfish who played in the n.f.l. you can't judge him for that. now i will say this about john eastman-- he was a consensus builder. >> do you know if mr. clark or mr. morgan-- is it morgan-- viewed about that, thought about that, mr. eastman's advice? >> yeah, they thought he was crazy. i know for a fact they heard both say that his theory was crazy. >> i said, "you're completely crazy." >> that was certifiably crazy. >> stephen: yes, john eastman
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got a rare 100% on crazy tomatoes. they-- ( laughter and applause ) that's how you can tell if someone's crazy. they do this. the committee also heard from former federal judge and william shatner melting on a hot sidewalk, j. michael luttig. judge luttig is one of the most widely respected conservative legal scholars in the country and today, he laid out the stakes of this attempted coup: >> the foundational truth is the rule of law. that foundational truth is, for the united states of america, the profound truth. but it's not merely the profound
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truth for the united states. it's also the simple truth. the simple, foundational truth of the american republic. ( laughter and applause ) >> stephen: agh! is anyone in jail yet? no? okay. judge luttig was unequivocal about eastman's plan. >> i would have laid my body across the road, before i would
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have let the vice president overturn the 2020 election, on the basis of that historical precedent. >> stephen: those are brave words. based on his energy level, i'm pretty sure he'd have laid his body down way before he got to the road. ( laughter and applause ) like-- just-- first patch of grass that he saw. then the committee moved on to the second part of their argument, that, despite pence's refusal to go along with the plot, the former president kept putting pressure on him. people in the oval office on january 6th recalled a tense phone call between the former president and his veep. >> at some point, it started off as a calmer tone and then became heated. >> the conversation was-- was pretty heated. >> i remember hearing the word "wimp." either he called him a wimp-- i
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don't remember if he said "you are a wimp, you'll be a wimp." "wimp" is the word i remember. >> stephen: yes, and this is true. i'm being told that "the late show" audio-video squad has used cutting-edge computer technology to recreate the conversation between the former president and mike pence. >> hefty, hefty, hefty! >> wimpy, wimpy, wimpy! >> stephen: at one point-- ( cheers and applause ) there we go. nostalgia. at one point, ivanka's former chief of staff described the salty language the former president used. >> did ms. trump share with you any more details about what had happened, or any details about what had happened in the oval office that morning? the word that she relayed to you, that the president called the vice president? i apologize for being impolite, but do you remember what she said her father called him? >> the "p"-word. >> stephen: the "p"-word?
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platypus? pumpernickel? paprikash? oh, that "p"-word! good thing pence wasn't in person, or the president would've tried to grab him. ( laughter and applause ) sure, it's an oldie. it's a trip down memory lane. i know it's an old reference. ♪ ♪ ♪ to understand how much danger the former president put his vice president in, the committee showed some dramatic footage of the crowd on january 6th. >> where is pence? >> bring him out! >> bring out pence! >> bring him out! >> bring out pence! >> bring him out! >> bring out pence! >> stephen: now, mike pence obviously couldn't respond to that-- he is staunchly against anyone coming out.
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even though the president knew-- ( applause ) sure, bring him out. even though the president knew the rioters were in the building, howling for pence's blood. he still put out another tweet that further inflamed the mob, who, shortly thereafter, got very, very close to catching the vice president. >> vice president pence and his team ultimately were led to a secure location, where they stayed for the next 4.5 hours, barely missing rioters a few feet away. >> approximately 40 feet. that's all there was-- 40 feet between the vice president and the mob. >> stephen: 40 feet. and i want to point out, that 40 feet is closer than from where i'm standing, to where my executive producer tom purcell is standing right now. ( laughter ) what-- what was that? ( laughter )
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today, we learned that, when the dust settled, eastman knew just how screwed he was. >> in fact, just a few days later, dr. eastman emailed rudy giuliani and requested he be included on a list of potential recipients of a presidential pardon. dr. eastman's email stated, "i've decided that i should be on the pardon list, if that is still in the works." >> stephen: "hey, y'all, it's john eastman. what up? listen, no biggie, but remember that pardon list y'all were talking about? i think it might be kind of fun to put my name on there. because i've been poking around in some legal books, and it turns out, breaking the law is against the law, and we did try to bring down democracy, and, meow-meow-meow. anyway, if it's a no biggie, i totally get it, but maybe we could be cellmates? l.o.l., t.t.f.n.!"
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( cheers and applause ) but here's the thing, eastman didn't get a pardon. so, he's not taking any chances. to every question asked by the committee when he was called in, he gave the same answer: >> i assert my fifth amendment right against being compelled to be a witness against myself. fifth. fifth. fifth. fifth. fifth. >> stephen: got it. quick follow-up, on a scale of one to five, fifth being the absolute worst. where would you fall? >> fifth. >> stephen: got it, got it, okay, right. one more, if you don't mind sir, couple move follow-up question, what's the best "fast and furious" movie? >> fifth. >> stephen: "fast five," a classic. finally, sir, what size bottle of bourbon do you drink at night to forget your central role in the darkest day in our capitol's history? >> fifth. >> stephen: cheers. mmm.
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( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ we've got a great show for you tonight. my guest is tom hanks. but when we come back, i call a family meeting with america. get down here, young man. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) it was four times. four times. it was three.
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know, there is nothing the host of one of these shows wants to see more on the board other than the words, "tom hanks." ( cheers and applause ) >> icon, icon. >> stephen: that's who we've got. >> icon. >> stephen: mr. thomas hanks is here tonight. so that is going to be fun, do stick around for that. now folks, now, i've been told that a lot of people out there watching, consider me to be a something of a father figure. in fact, for some reason, a lot of people on twitter like to call me "daddy." ( laughter ) even more confusing? some of them actually want a spanking. now, i love being a tv dad, and i don't take the title lightly. and right now, things feel unsettled in america and i think we could all use a little reassurance. so, folks, dad's calling a family meeting! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey. ( groans ) hey, kiddo. take a seat. cop a squat, buddy. okay, we need to talk. now i know you're mad at me
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because i wouldn't lend you the car, but with gas prices the way they are, it's cheaper for you to fly to your friends house. and i know you don't want another lecture from your old tv dad, which is why i've also invited your movie dad to join us. tom, come on in. ( cheers and applause ) >> i got caught in traffic-- ( cheers and applause ) ( inaudible ) >> stephen: so buddy, listen, listen. you got to listen. >> champ, i've got to tell you it's great to see you but please put those muscles away. looking strong, huh? you been working out? >> stephen: buddy, your dad and i have noticed you've been feeling pretty anxious lately. >> we know there is a lot to think about think about-- all the changes going on in this country, all the changes going on in your swimsuit area. ( laughter )
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people talking about your swimsuit area, it's all pretty upsetting. >> stephen: and you're growing up so fast. it feels like just yesterday you were crawling around on the floor in nothing but your underwear, eating spaghetti straight out of the bowl with your hands... >> but we were all doing that back in 2020. ( laughter ) you know, it's time to move on, son. >> stephen: but sadly we can't because covid is still sticking around much longer than we all thought. >> yeah, covid is kind of like when your uncle bill stays with us. he says he's going to be here for two weeks, but you know he's not going anywhere until janice forgives him for the whole "buying a houseboat without asking her" thing. >> stephen: by the way, your uncle bill has covid. >> and also scurvy. but here's the thing, champ. i know how tough this can be. in fact, not to brag, but i was one of the first to get covid. back before it was cool. ( laughter and applause ) but, it was never cool.
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>> stephen: we need to talk to you about peer pressure. i know, a lot of your friends are telling you to take drugs. >> so, listen up, because we're only going to say this once: ( in unison ) >> take the drugs. >> stephen: those vaccines and those boosters really work, kid. >> and, kiddo, we know what it's like to be your age. >> stephen: the world can be so confusing. sometimes you wish you were all grown up already. >> exactly. so, you visit a magic fortune- telling machine, wake up as an adult, move to the big city, get a job at a toy company, start a sexual relationship with an actual adult who doesn't know what is going on-- which is really funny but in retrospect it's pretty disturbing. ( laughter and applause ) we've all been there, man! >> stephen: and listen, we know the future can seem scary, too. it's a tough job market out there. >> but if you put your mind to it, you can still be anything you want to be. >> stephen: yeah, just not a comedian.
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>> or an actor. >> stephen: yeah, those are our jobs and we cannot lose them right now. the market is killing me! >> really? >> stephen: yeah. >> i put all my money into old typewriters because it's important to unplug from the internet every once in a while. >> stephen: that's true. speaking of which, we need to talk to you about your social media usage. >> specifically, when are you going to accept my facebook request? >> stephen: what're you, too busy using the tiktok? do we need to do one of our viral dances just to get your attention? ( cheers and applause ) should we? >> sure, ready? >> stephen: fine! ( playing "about damn time" ) ♪ it's about damn time in a minute ♪ i'ma need a sentimental man or woman ♪ to pump me up feeling fussy, walkin' in my ♪ balenci-ussy's tryna bring out the fabulous ♪ ( clapping to the beat ) >> stephen: hey-hey-hey! hey, buddy! >> hey, you look at your dads while we're tiktok-ing to you! >> stephen: and buddy, before i forget: here's your allowance. okay? i'd tell you to save it but with inflation, you better blow that thing fast!
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>> and, kiddo? remember: if you ever need anything, we'll be right here. >> stephen: doing this. ( playing "about damn time" ) ♪ it's about damn time in a minute ♪ i'ma need a sentimental man or woman ♪ to pump me up feeling fussy, walkin' in my ♪ balenci-ussy's tryna bring out the fabulous ♪ >> stephen: we'll be right back with tom hanks! ( cheers and applause ) ( playing "about damn time" ) my a1c stayed here, it needed to be here. ruby's a1c is down with rybelsus®. my a1c wasn't at goal, now i'm down with rybelsus®. mom's a1c is down with rybelsus®. (♪ ♪) in a clinical study, once-daily rybelsus® significantly lowered a1c better than a leading branded pill. rybelsus® isn't for people with type 1 diabetes. don't take rybelsus® if you or your family ever had medullary thyroid cancer, or have multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if allergic to it. stop rybelsus® and get medical help right away if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, severe stomach pain, or an allergic reaction.
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( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: hey-- welcome back, everybody. ladies and gentlemen, i'm happy to say my guest tonight is an oscar-winning great big movie star. please welcome back to "the late show," mr. tom hanks, everybody! ( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> thank you, thank you. thank you, thank you. thank you very much. thank you, thank you. thank you, band! thank you, thank you.
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>> stephen: the people, the people. >> thank you very much. >> stephen: the people, the people, enjoy. >> oh, thank you very much. what a pleasure it is to be in the ed sullivan theater here because look, i don't know if you heard about this, stephen but-- >> stephen: go on. >> i'm in a movie called "elvis, about elvis, the presley one. >> stephen: oh, yeah? >> and this actual place played very large in our film because i play colonel tom parker in it. i don't need to immediately start hawking my product-- >> stephen: do it, baby. do it. >> but i was out earlier, so i might as well get right to it, right? >> stephen: get to the heat of the meat. >> show the clip and i'm going home, thanks everybody. >> stephen: lets put some asses in the seats. >> but the night after elvis performed on "the ed sullivan show," 60 million americans watched him on-- i think there were only 60 million and two tv sets in america. >> stephen: are you not joking, it was an extraordinary number. >> it was huge. and the very next day, colonel tom parker realized that everybody in america is talking about elvis presley so he is no longer going to appear for free on tv. after that moment, you had to either buy a record or a ticket to his show or a ticket to one
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of his movies or listen to him on the radio for which colonel tom parker got a few cents every time it played. >> stephen: elvis got something, if i'm not mistaken, he got $50,000 to appear three times on mr. sullivan's show. >> wow, okay. >> stephen: which was a crazy amount of money back then. >> because ed would go off, he understood it was worth paying money and after that, as colonel tom parker himself said: ( as colonel tom parker ) no, i'll be happy to put my boy on television, provided they pay the price and that price is $50,000. and nobody wanted to pay that. and there it is. >> stephen: there is elvis performing on "the ed sullivan show," on october 28th, 1956. ( cheers and applause ) >> it was somewhere, right on this stage-- >> stephen: right around here. >> right here-- >> stephen: right around there is where he performed. >> and you should have just like a soft holy light shining down on that little space so we could-- >> stephen: not only that but there is kind of interesting. back then, the big vaccine people worried about was polio vaccine, that everybody should have but people were nervous about it. backstage on that night, for the public good-- >> there you go. >> stephen: he got vaccinated backstage at "the ed sullivan show." ( cheers and applause )
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>> for the common good. >> stephen: okay, i love the new movie "elvis." u play colonel tom parker as you were saying before. i always knew the colonel was there. >> you didn't know what he looked like, did you? >> stephen: i didn't know what he looked like, i didn't know what he sounded like. i didn't know what he did. who was this guy? >> colonel tom parker was not a colonel, his name wasn't tom and he wasn't even a parker. his real name was andreas van kuijk. he jumped ship from holland, had no american passport, just wanted to get into the circus business, which he was. and he represented a few, he represented eddie arnold in promoting his career. then one day, he heard about this young guy who was ripping up the record that everybody was listening to. he thought he was black, turned out he was white. and then he happened to see him perform one day on-- in louisiana at the louisiana hayride and paid no attention to what the-- ( as colonel tom parker ) my boy-- paid no attention to what the boy was singing. he looked at what the effect was on the audience. and it is one thing to see young
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girls to be excited by the likes of elvis presley but when their 40 year old moms also are literally having feelings that maybe they shouldn't have in public. he said-- ( as colonel tom parker ) hmmm, i might be able to make some money at this. ma'am, what was it that was so-- ( as 40 year old mom ) oh honey, he's just a big hunk of forbidden fruit. and he said-- ( as colonel tom parker ) ahh... forbidden fruit is sold at a premium in most supermarkets in america. so, he was a diabolical genius in every way. incredibly prescient, kind of like invented modern show business and modern recording business and no small part of making sure that his boy remained exclusive, you know. you had to decide to pay to see or hear elvis presley. it was a great, there was a great, some guy is asking him-- ( as interviewer ) do you think, mr. parker, do you think that elvis' popularity is based on his so-called sex appeal, his shaking and wiggling? ( as colonel tom parker ) well, mr. wilder, let me tell you that i have a vivid imagination myself and i have
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listened to mr. presley's records and to the best of my ability over the radio, i am no. so i actually have a feeling it might be a different type of artist that we are speaking about here. ( laughter ) and he was absolutely, absolutely dead solid. >> stephen: we have a clip here. it's you as colonel parker and austin butler as elvis. what is happening? >> this is a prescient moment, this is the moment where the cultural zeitgeist of western society changed forever. >> stephen: jim. >> i wasn't fooling when i told those other kids i would buy them a cadillac one day. >> my boy, with me you will buy them two cadillacs. >> 100? >> 200. >> a million. >> an airplane. >> a rocket ship. ( laughter ) >> i can forget about rocket ship, my mama don't like me to fly. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> but what about you, mr. presley? are you ready to fly? >> yes, sir. i'm ready. i'm ready to fly.
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>> austin butler, i can't say enough. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: extraordinary. >> baz luhrmann, austin butler. >> stephen: we have to take a little bit of a break. we'll be right back with more mr. tom hanks, everybody. stick around. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) bubbles bubbles so many bubbles! as an expedia member you earn points on your travels, and that's on top of your airline miles. so you can go and see... or taste or do absolutely nothing with all those bubbles. without ever wondering if you're getting the most out of your trip. because you are. okay, this is a freezer, not a time capsule. sometimes the house itself can tell you how a young homeowner is turning into their parents. -not those two. -yep, they're gone. -forever? -yep. that there is progressive's homequote explorer website,
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as soon as the movie was over, i saw it with my son, he said what do you think? i said, it's great, it's a great movie. and part of it was the baz luhrmann-ness of it. because if you enjoy a baz luhrmann film, this is the most baz luhrmann-y baz luhrmann film, in my opinion, that baz has ever luhrmann-ed. ( laughter ) and i think one of the reasons why is that there, well, you know. there's a lot of like, glitz and shine and almost like jewels and gem quality to a baz luhrmann film. and i can't think of a subject that could receive it better than elvis presley. actually the thing i thought was, you know what this could have used? a little more baz luhrmann. ( laughter ) because elvis is actually such a huge figure that he can receive
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the kind of grandeur that baz luhrmann puts into a film. >> i think this might be the first baz luhrmann film in which actually required all the bedazzling that went into it because-- >> stephen: honest to god. >> because all the jumpsuits a hie there's a lot of confetti. every week we would take an old elvis movie poster and make it baz-centric. you know, like "it happened at the world's fair?" "it happened at baz fair." "girls! girls! gils!" became "baz! baz! baz!" ( laughter ) "viva las vegas" became "viva baz vegas," you know. >> stephen: did you watch those films growing up? >> i watched every one of them i could get my hands on. >> stephen: oh my god, "follow that dream." "speedway." >> okay, and my, my former makeup man, danny striepeke, who i did probably, i think, 14 films with. he did elvis' tan for four movies. >> stephen: his tan? >> his tan, well, "viva las vegas"-- >> stephen: sure. >> what you remember about it? you know, he didn't do his scars
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or his black eyes, you know. >> stephen: sure. >> elvis was a good looking dude. but he did, he did "harem scarum"-- ( stephen whistles ) >> --which was not one of the better... ( laughter ) it was shot in like 22 days or something like that. but he also do the one you just mentioned-- >> stephen: "follow that dream." >> "follow that dream." >> stephen: "down to miami," right? >> yes, he did, right. >> stephen: ♪ i gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead ♪ >> i will tell you the story that danny told me. on that, i don't want to say-- on a movie that danny did, okay. there was a young girl who was playing somebody in the thing. >> stephen: yes. >> and she was very, very attractive as and she was very thrilled to be in a movie with elvis. and she went through the movie and it was all fine. and on her last day of film she came into the hair and makeup trailer and she was just despondent. ( sobbing as girl ) so, what, what is it, honey? ( sobbing as girl ) she was-- and they were trying to put her hair on, trying to do her makeup, her mascara and she kept crying and crying and crying and crying. and what, what is it, honey? we have to get you ready. ( crying as girl ) i just-- what is it, you have to, we have to get you ready. i'm trying to think about the euphemistic particular word, let me just say this-- ( as girl ) i just want to have sex with him. ( laughter ) is that so bad?
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>> stephen: wow. ( as girl ) >> i just want to have sex with him! >> stephen: we have to take a little bit of a break-- >> oh, damn! >> stephen: we'll be right back with more mr. tom hanks, everybody. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) ♪ ♪ ♪ pringles. get stuck in. do you struggle with occasional nerve aches in your hands or feet? try nervivenerve relief from the world's #1 selling nerve care company. nervive contains alpha lipoic acid to relieve occasional nerve aches, weakness and discomfort.
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hey, we're back with tom hanks, everybody. >> they can even do that on zoom? oh, my gosh. >> mr. thomas hanks, one of the things, one of the things that hit me, and this now let's talk about austin butler for a second. >> oh, please, yeah. >> stephen: this performance is-- >> austin butler-- >> stephen: austin butler is extraordinary. ( cheers and applause ) you can't say enough. >> can't say enough about austin butler. >> stephen: not only does he capture the voice, the speaking voice, the singing voice for much of the movie as well. the mannerisms, the dancing, deeply felt, deeply expressed, emotional scenes but the magnetism of the man and his connection with an audience. and one of the reasons why if is an absolutely great movie is i kind of felt like i got an intimate look at the real elvis for the past two and-a-half hours and it reminded me, his performance was so good that it
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reminded me that i had forgotten that i have a little candle lit in my heart for elvis presley and there a reason why there's all this kitsch and ironic love of him, but it's not that. but it is not that, he's an absolutely magnetic, beautiful, gifted once in a lifetime performer. >> i am slightly older than you- - but i did not see the 1968 special which became known as "the comeback special." >> stephen: i didn't either but i did ask my mom if i could stay up late in february of 1974 and drag my bed into my brother peter's room and put their black and white tv on some boxes to watch "the aloha concert," which was 1.5 billion people, watched that. >> by the way dreamed up by colonel tom parker. why would you go travel around the world when the world when the world will tune in to see you, you don't have to do this. >> stephen: but the back story on that was he couldn't travel around the world because-- >> --because he had no passport. ( laughter ) he would not have been allowed into the country. ( shhh ) spoiler alert. thanks, guys, now who's going to see the movie now? >> stephen: sorry, sorry. >> oh, for crying out loud. >> stephen: i'm so sorry. >> can you not do that. >> stephen: sorry, we can't do that. >> i will because of austin's power of it and also the baz-matic of it all--
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>> stephen: yeah. >> from the '68 comeback special, you get a real different sort of vision of what elvis meant to the zeitgeist because he turned las vegas into a place worthy of superstars to go and-- there's plenty of good entertainers, but elvis being there? i used to work for the hilton hotel's corporation as a bellman and if you call me a bellboy, i'm going to crack you right in your smart mouth. >> stephen: really? how old were you as a bellperson? >> are you kidding? i was 19! i wasn't a bell boy at all, i was a bellman. and we had a-- for the for the oakland hilton hotel, naturally oakland hilton airport and motor lodge i think it was called. but we had a thing of who was playing at the vegas international and when elvis was up there, and everybody says, "oh wow, elvis is in las vegas." we were told to say, "that's right, sir. and if you would like help making reservations, you can certainly talk to so and so at the front desk." so i'd like to think i had a little something to do with the
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promotion of elvis'-- >> stephen: you and the colonel. ( applause ) >> always thinking. diabolical genius. >> stephen: what i didn't know was that the reason why there was a comeback is that the original sort of what we think of as classic elvis only lasted a few years. >> well really, it only lasted from '56 to '58, then when he came back he was making movies. >> stephen: went into the army. >> yeah, went into the army, of course. he went into the army for well over two years, came back, had a fabulous special hosted by frank sinatra, welcoming elvis back from-- "elvis is back from the army show" and that was a big thing. that was the last time he performed in front of a live television audience. he didn't do it again until 1968 and elvis was petrified of the idea of performing again in front of a live audience. >> stephen: and there was all those movies. >> well, he made those movies, and look-- i actually think if we can get serious about the movie business. the first movie he came back to was called "g.i. blues," juliet prowse. he sang to a little wooden puppet. ( as elvis ) ♪ i don't have a wooden head ♪ it was a huge popular hit
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because elvis was elvis. he sang, he was in a uniform. and it was massively huge. then elvis made three very, very good dramatic roles for 20th century fox, "flaming star," "wild in the country," and some other, i can't remember. and alas they didn't do well. and that broke sort of like a magic mojo, because the foreign movies he made before he went into the army were great movies. "king creole," "jailhouse rock," they lived up to the promise of what he was going to do. but is was those three dramatic roles where he didn't sing, where he wasn't kind of like a happy-go-lucky thing, that made the audience and the movie business go like, i think elvis needs to sing in all of these. and look, i love "viva las vegas" as much as anybody else and "girls! girls! girls!" but, you know, three movies a year he made for five years, that is a back breaking. >> stephen: what is the most you ever made in a year? >> i made six movies in a year-- no, i have no idea. ( applause ) please, no. i mean-- thank you.
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>> stephen: "hanks says, 'i beat elvis.'" >> but that was at a time where i was trying to get into every other octoplex screen in the country. i was trying to do that. >> stephen: tom, lovely to see you. >> lovely, how great! thanks for having me. thanks, everybody! >> stephen: "elvis" is in theater next friday. it's tom hanks, everybody. we'll be right back with a performance by regina spektor. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing )
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( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: her album, "home, before and after," comes out next week. performing "becoming all alone," regina spektor! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ i went walking home alone past all the bars ♪ and corner delis when i heard god ♪ call out my name and he said "hey ♪ let's grab a beer it's awful late ♪ we both right here"
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and we didn't ♪ even have to pay 'cause god is god ♪ and he's revered and i said ♪ "why doesn't it get better with time?" ♪ i'm becoming all alone again stay, stay, stay ♪ let the ones who want it bad get all the things that make them better ♪ let the ones who don't care feel a thrill ♪ and i just want to ride but this whole world ♪ it makes me carsick stop the meter sir
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♪ you have a heart why don't you use it? ♪ why doesn't it get better with time? ♪ i'm becoming all alone again stay, stay, stay ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ i went walking home alone ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ i went walking home alone past all the bars ♪ and corner delis when i asked god ♪ please call call my name ♪ and i said "hey let's grab a beer ♪ it's awful late i know you're here ♪ and we wouldn't even have to pay ♪ 'cause you are god and you're revered" ♪ why doesn't it get better with time? ♪ i'm becoming all alone again stay, stay, stay ♪ i'm becoming all alone again
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♪ stay, stay, stay stay, stay, stay ♪ stay, stay, stay stay, stay, stay ♪ ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: regina spektor, everybody! that's it for "the late show." good night. ( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh >> come in. >> james: hey, henry, what's with the batman costume? >> oh, you didn't hear? i'm the new batman. >> james: isn't robert pattinon the new batman? >> he is the present batman. i am the new batman. the next batman movie st


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