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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- jack mcbrayer, from "rosewater," actor gael garcia bernal, music from ex hex, featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. [ cheers and applause ] and now, here he is, seth meyers. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening, everybody! i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ]
that is great to hear. well, you guys, there's only one thing -- there is only one thing anybody is talking about today on the internet. that's right. this morning the u.s. and china made a deal to cut carbon emissions by 2025. they said, from now on, they're only going to use oil to coat kim kardashian's ass. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] which is not to say we won't still potentially have shortages. [ laughter ] i'm sure you saw it. "paper" magazine's winter cover featured kim kardashian shooting champagne into a glass balanced on her butt. [ laughter ] so if you didn't think she had any talent -- [ laughter ] you are still right. [ cheers and applause ]
this is pretty shocking. especially if you were watching when it happened. monday night, megyn kelly accidently said the "f" word when introducing a guest when she mispronounced governor mike huckabee's name. [ audience ohs ] in the process offending bees everywhere. [ laughter and applause ] [ buzzing noises ] what is that she just say? [ bleep ] a bee? [ bleep ] a megyn kelly. get your honey somewhere else. [ cheers and applause ] go get your honey somewhere else. [ laughter ] some cool science news. today scientists -- this is -- it's cool science news. today scientists landed a space probe -- they landed a space
probe on a speeding comet over 300 million miles away. and yet we still can't put a man on my aunt kathy. [ laughter ] we put a man on the moon. you can put a probe on a speeding comet. we have yet to put a single man on my aunt kathy. you know, i get it, she's a drag. but one man. [ laughter ] especially, it would be great if we -- [ laughter ] if we could put a man, ideally, on my aunt kathy before thanksgiving because this is all she talks about. [ laughter ] just trying to think if she'll be watching. she's probably not watching. [ laughter ] no surprise here, i suppose. new data found that 87% of republican voters in the midterm elections were white. and the other 13% were whiter. [ laughter and applause ]
interesting. and you know that's true, because that adds up to 100. a scary moment today. a pair of window washers this afternoon were rescued -- they were rescued from the side of the world trade center after they got stranded at the 68th floor. it was a terrifying ordeal, but just one floor away from being hilarious. [ laughter ] thank god. thank god. [ applause ] thank god it was the 68th floor. because if you get a call like, "help, we're trapped on the 69th floor." on or in? [ laughter ] i couldn't believe this. the klu klux klan -- sorry, i said it wrong, and i would hate to offend them. [ laughter ] so sorry. i couldn't believe this.
the ku klux klan has announced it is now welcoming blacks, jews and homosexuals. [ scattered applause ] here's what one expert had to say about this news. >> it's a trap! [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i trust him. i trust him. never wrong! the admiral is never wrong! [ applause ] i was worried. that clip cost us a million dollars. [ laughter ] i'm really glad you guys liked that joke. we had to fire a lot of staff. [ laughter ] i know that's sad. but it's not as sad as the fact that we can't get a man on my aunt kathy. [ laughter ] here's a little good news. on sunday, a six-day search for a missing 12-year-old boy ended when he was found inside an ikea store. searchers said they had plenty of clues, but they had a hell of a time putting them together. [ laughter and applause ]
they were missing an allen wrench. [ laughter ] it's always the allen wrench. i think this is nice. police in prince albert, canada, are rewarding young people for having positive influences on the community by handing out positive tickets. or as local bullies are calling them, death sentences. [ laughter ] "i received a positive ticket! whoa! i picked up litter! stop it!" [ applause ] i guess this is no surprise. according to a new report, detroit, michigan, is the most dangerous city in the country, with oakland, california coming in second, and the third most dangerous is somehow detroit again. that can't be a good sign. you don't want to be first and third. this is a shame.
randy jackson announced yesterday that he will be leaving "american idol" after 14 years with the show. [ audience aws ] now, the only people left from the first season of "american idol" are ryan seacrest and four viewers. [ cheers and applause ] so they all have each other. they have each other. and finally, kobe bryant last night missed his 13,418th shot, breaking the record for most shots missed in an nba career. [ laughter ] said his teammates, "i'm open!" [ laughter and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, this is the 8g band! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are we doing, 8g band? great to see you all. [ applause ]
fred, lovely to see you, fred. my favorite thing, of course, about seeing you, fred, is i find out new things about you every day, which is an education. it's like reading an incredible book where the main character has done all these things. and the only thing that worries me -- and it's a real worry. is i feel like people at home who watch the show might think you're making up the things you said you're doing off the top of your head. but, you know -- [ laughter ] i know you wouldn't do that. i know everything you tell me on this show is true, you know? and we're friends. you wouldn't lie to me. so -- [ laughter ] anyways, kim kardashian had this incredibly controversial magazine cover, and i heard you backstage saying that you were on a very controversial magazine cover. >> fred: yeah. [ laughter ] >> seth: i mean, tell me about it. >> fred: i was on "x-ray." it's like a sort of medical magazine they have for like the x-ray world. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. so it's called "x-ray." and it's like a trade magazine. >> fred: thank you, yeah.
[ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> fred: and i was on the cover of it. i don't think a lot of people knew it was me, unfortunately. but yeah, i was on the cover of that. and i think a lot of doctors were jealous because they wanted to be on the cover. >> seth: gotcha. >> fred: so there was a lot of politicking to get on the cover. >> seth: oh, because usually the cover of "x-ray" magazine would have someone from the x-ray field. >> fred: yes. >> seth: yeah. >> fred: you know, movers and shakers in the medical community and people who've like, invented new x-ray machines or what have you. >> seth: so it's rare for a celebrity to be on the cover. >> fred: that's nice of you to think of me that way, but yes. [ laughter ] >> seth: and so were you posing with an x-ray machine? and you said people didn't know it was you. why didn't people know it was you? >> fred: well, i posed next to it because i'm sort of pulling in. you don't see that much of me. it's like here, you know? [ laughter ] so i'm pulling it in. and it's like this new x-ray machine that has rollers on it, so you can roll it into different rooms a lot easier. >> seth: that is a good development. [ laughter ] >> fred: so it's just that. and i was on the cover. and you know, it's a surprise to me. i'm really psyched about it, and i'm humbled. >> seth: that's great. >> fred: but, you know, there
will be another one next month, and who knows would be on the cover of that one. >> seth: well, i would doubt they'd put you on the cover in back-to-back months. don't you think? >> fred: we don't know. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, congratulations on the cover for "x-ray" magazine. that's very exciting. >> fred: thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i went -- i saw a great broadway show this week. last friday i saw a show called "you can't take it with you," which is a great play. i highly recommend it. wonderful cast -- james earl jones, rose byrne. it's really funny and wonderful. i have this thing, living in new york, i always want to see more broadway shows. and every time i see them, i'm so happy i did. but every time i sit down to the beginning of a broadway show, i'm super bummed out because i have no attention span. and i just sit there and think, "oh, my god, this is going to take forever." [ laughter ] then they starts, and i'm so, so happy. and this was a wonderful play that i think everyone should see. the biggest example -- or the best example, i should say, of a play that i really thought i was going to hate is -- a few years ago my mom really wanted to see "jersey boys." has anyone seen "jersey boys"? [ cheers and applause ]
and i did not want to see "jersey boys." i don't love musicals. and my mom really wanted to see "jersey boys." so my parents came in, and we went and saw "snl." they came and saw "snl" -- i did the show. [ laughter ] so then i stayed out really late. and so the next morning i was really hung over, and then i really didn't want to see "jersey boys." and we to see it, and we sat down. and the play starts, and there's a thing about broadway where i sometimes think there are really funny things that get really big laughs. and then there are other times where there are things that aren't that funny that get really big laughs. and in "jersey boys," like five minutes into it, one of the characters says something along the lines of, "that's how we do things in new jersey." and the place went crazy. [ laughter ] they laughed longer and harder than i've ever heard a group of people laugh. [ laughter ] and i had just done "snl" the night before, and i hadn't even come close to that. [ laughter ] so i was very resentful of the fact that my jokes hadn't done as well as a person naming a place. [ laughter ] so then i really was thinking, "i'm not going to enjoy 'jersey boys'." cut to two and a half hours later. i have been so emotionally
affected by "jersey boys" that i'm sobbing. [ laughter ] i'm holding on to my mother and sobbing. the two and a half hours i spent with the boys are some of the best -- the best in my life. and now, even now, when -- like a bus goes by with "jersey boys" on it, i'll get a little choked up. [ laughter ] just to see the boys again. [ laughter ] the other great one recently is my mom wanted to see "matilda," which is based on a roald dahl book. and it's wonderful as well. i highly recommend it. and we went to see that. that was just me and my mom. and at intermission, i said to my mom, "do you want a drink," knowing full well my mother's answer has always been, "yes." and i went out to get us a couple cocktails for the second half. and usually when you go to a broadway show, there's a long line. you're stressed out the whole time that you're going to have time to get your drink and get back in your seat. no line at "matilda." and then i realized it's because it was just parents and children. [ laughter ] it's fun for the whole family, but ideally that whole family should have a child in it. [ laughter ] and then, we sort of looked around.
i was like, "oh, yeah, this is really spooky, that we're this weird mother and son, and the son is in his 40s, watching a child's play." [ laughter ] but it didn't matter. we had our cocktails. [ applause ] you guys, we got such a great show for you tonight. my good friend, my old friend, jack mcbrayer is here. [ cheers and applause ] truly one of the funniest, nicest people on earth. also stopping by, the star of the new movie "rosewater." gael garcia bernal is joining us. [ cheers and applause ] a brilliant actor from a great new film. and we're going to have music from a kick-ass band ex hex. [ cheers and applause ] you're going to love them. their new album is outstanding. so we have a great show for you tonight. real quick, before we get started. if you guys are anything like me, you get e-mails from barack obama. and they're not personal e-mails. but they try to make them feel personal because they will include your name in the subject lines. for example, here's one i got right before the midterm elections.
"are you with me, seth?" okay? [ laughter ] and then i got another one. "come through for us, seth." again, he was just trying to rally supporters. but then, you know, the midterm elections happened. the democrats lost seats in the house, lost control of the senate. and quite frankly, after that happened, the subject lines in obama's e-mails took a real turn. i started to worry a little bit. they started in what i would call -- they were in a state of denial. like this is the e-mail i got the day after -- the day after the election. "seth, don't forget to vote next week." [ laughter ] the next day was extreme denial. "seth, the republicans won, but i'm sure we'll do great things together." [ laughter ] that's just terrifyingly sad. then came a little bit of anger and what i consider a passive-aggressive e-mail. "seth, thanks for your help, buddy." [ laughter and applause ] then passive-aggressive just turned to aggressive. "we're [ bleep ] and it's all your fault, seth."
[ laughter and applause ] this next one, to me, if you ask me, it's just weird. "if you donate $1 right now, you can be president, and i can be the dummy who walks around without a worry in the world, seth." by the way, that's -- [ cheers and applause ] that's just the subject. that's not the e-mail. that's just the subject. at this point i've got to be honest, they got so weird that i started deleting these e-mails without reading them, which made the next one really scary. "seth, the nsa told me you were deleting these e-mails without reading them, what gives?" [ laughter and applause ] creepy. i did not like that. then i got one from vice president joe biden. "check out this video of a cute kitten that just can't stay awake." [ cheers and applause ] you got to delete all the forwards, joe. then i got some more e-mails from obama. and they started getting a little sad.
this one was really sad. "seth, the worst thing about having an oval office is there isn't a corner to cry in." [ audience ohs ] [ laughter ] followed by, "seth, what if we are just dust in the wind?" and then this one. "seth, you're not like laughing and reading these e-mails out loud to your friends, right?" [ laughter ] no? [ laughter ] then he kind of hit rock bottom with this one. "i am a smart man. i am a smart, pretty man. i went to harvard. i gave up cigarettes for you. cigarettes! i'm the most powerful man in the world, and i can't smoke cigarettes. also i have no power. no, you're drunk, seth!" [ laughter and applause ] but then -- and this is really good. this is really positive. i think he got some perspective and came to terms with the future in a really hopeful way with this e-mail. "good news, seth, only two years until i start painting." those are e-mails from president obama! we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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about. he's a professor of linguistics at columbia university, and he's our new in-house vocabulary expert. please welcome dr. walter aberdeen. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: thank you. >> greetings, seth. greetings. thank you so much for having me, seth. please, seth, your hospitality is just tremendous. >> seth: of course. now, for those of you who don't know, the job of a "late night" vocabulary expert will be to go through the script each night and make sure we are writing at the height of our intelligence. so, what do you think of the writing so far tonight, dr. aberdeen? >> well, seth, as a gentleman of refined vocabulary, i regret to inform you that this evening's program -- it lacks verbal panache. i have extensive issues with your etymological selections. >> seth: etymological selections? you mean my word choice. >> yes, indeed. your proclamations lack elegance. i'm sorry, but that's just how i fondle. [ laughter ]
>> seth: fondle? well, i think you mean feel. >> yes, feel is fine. but fondle is a bit more elegant. >> seth: okay, yeah. but, in this case, it's also the wrong word. >> well, seth, may i endeavor to prove a point? >> seth: sure. >> i believe that if i retell your jokes using my lavish nomenclature, it will stimulate an up swell of mirth in your assembled congregation. [ light laughter ] >> seth: well, they're not a congregation. they're an audience. but, okay, let's try it. >> splendid. shall we promenade to the monologlar position? >> seth: we can walk to the monologue spot. >> you walk, i shall promenade. >> seth: all right. >> ahh. this is how you promenade. [ cheers and applause ] i will assume that was for my promenading and not your walking. now, seth, if you will indulge me, i have placed two versions of your jokes on the rectangular viewing placards. >> seth: the cue cards? >> yes. now, you recite your version, and then i shall pronounce mine. >> seth: all right. sounds good. >> wonderful. >> seth: according to a new
report, 16% of people in america don't have access to the internet. they're called time warner customers. [ laughter ] >> good, good. very good. [ applause ] quite true, seth. but almost every word in there can be enhanced. may i? >> seth: yes. >> as reported by a fresh communique, 16% of the american populous don't retain entry into cyberspace. they're labeled chronology warner clientele. thank you so much. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: no, no, no. no, that wasn't better. you changed time warner into chronology warner. >> yes. that is a grand improvement. >> seth: no, no, no. it's not. if change the name of the company it ruins the joke about the company. >> well, you know what they say, seth -- i guess we acquiesce to contradict. >> seth: you mean agree to disagree? >> affirmative. >> seth: yeah, but no one says it like that. >> well, to each his possess. [ laughter ] >> seth: to each his own? >> ugh, own, so pedestrian. >> seth: all right, you know what? let's just do another one. >> yeah, let's. go ahead. >> seth: the "new york post"
said recently that oscar wilde is responsible for kim kardashian's rise to a fame because he was the first person to be famous for being famous. when asked what she thought, kim said, "is oscar the one who lives in a trash can?" [ laughter ] >> seth, seth, seth, seth, seth. [ applause ] now -- humorous, yes, but it distresses me you were unable to observe the flaws with your japes. allow me, please. [ laughter ] the big apple periodical is uttering that oscar wilde is culpable for kim kardashian's upsurge to notoriety, considering he was the inaugural human conspicuous for being renowned. when interrogated, kim pronounced, "is tony the individual who inhabits a debris receptacle?" thank you, again. thank you so much. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: no, no. you don't have to applaud just because he's bowing. you're only applauding because he's bowing. >> i'll bow again. >> seth: that was even worse. the inaugural human conspicuous for being renowned? >> yes, yes, very good. >> seth: and why did you change oscar wilde's name from oscar to tony? >> well, seth, as a fan of the
theater, i believe a tony is far superior to an oscar. [ cheers ] >> seth: i don't -- thus far, i do not think your versions of these jokes are better than mine. >> well, seth, i implore you. permit me a concluding opportunity to strike elevate your jokes. >> seth: sorry, strike elevate? >> yes, i believe a cretin such as yourself would say "punch up." >> seth: oh, boy. [ laughter ] you're going to get punched up one of these days. >> i get struck daily. [ laughter ] people find me insufferable. i'm on my seventh wife, seth. plus i had two husbands thrown in there. [ laughter ] >> seth: right. >> you have to try before you know. >> seth: let's just do this last one. archaeologists in arizona have discovered the remains of a 1,300 year-old village. they found dwellings, tools, and hundreds of ballots cast for senator john mccain. [ laughter ] >> good. good, good, good. very good. now, my opportunity. professional excavation experts in arizona have unearthed ruins
from an age a jewish boy becomes a man 100-year-old hamlet. they excavated living quarters, manuel working mechanisms, and hundreds of referendum tickets for senator toilet mccain. thank you so much. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: you changed -- let me get this straight. you changed john mccain to toilet mccain. >> yes. seth, john is gutter slang. >> seth: i respect you, dr. aberdeen, i do. but i just don't think you're cut out for telling jokes. >> seth: well, seth, i respect you. it is your show. so, i suppose, my only retort would be -- >> seth: well said, doctor! we'll be right back with jack mcbrayer! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ aniston ] when people ask me what i'm wearing, i tell them aveeno®.
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♪if your sweetheart ♪sends a letter ♪of goodbye ♪it's no secret ♪you feel better ♪if you cry ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back to "late night," everybody! our first guest tonight is an emmy nominated actor and comedian who starred as the beloved kenneth, the page for seven seasons on the critically
acclaimed show, "30 rock." please welcome, my very good friend, jack mcbrayer. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: so great -- how great it is to have you here. >> thank you. >> seth: isn't this a very nice place to be? >> you've got a talk show. >> seth: isn't it dumb? isn't that the dumbest? [ laughter ] i'm so excited about this. you're doing an adult swim show with triumph, the insult comic -- >> that is correct. >> seth: -- a dog. he's a dog, as well. >> yes. >> seth: you did an online thing with him. but this show is a little different. tell me about the premise of this show. >> that's correct. i first worked with triumph in a little video, viral thing. but this is a sitcom, live action, with a studio audience. feel free to come visit. [ laughter ]
but the premise is that me and triumph are roommates. [ laughter ] it also stars june squibb. she was in that movie "nebraska." >> seth: she was great. >> she got an oscar nomination. >> seth: wonderful. >> now she's fighting with a puppet dog. [ laughter ] >> seth: and the best thing was, you got that job without ever having to bother with the oscar thing. you just went straight to fighting with a puppet dog. >> yeah. i mean, why waste your time trying to get an oscar? [ light laughter ] l >> seth: we have known each other 15 years. we came up doing improv in chicago together. [ cheers and applause ] any memories of our time there? >> well, we had a great time performing together. we had a great time socializing together. >> seth: we did socialize. we used to booze it up back in chicago. this i like. this is a photo you brought today of you and i back in -- this is probably, like, the late '90s. look at those guys. [ laughter ] >> had to be. >> seth: there i am, and there you are. >> look at us.
>> seth: wearing a sweater that only existed in the late '90s. >> still have the sweater. [ laughter ] >> seth: i also want to point out, this is a professor of grammar for the "late night" show. >> correct. [ light laughter ] our friend -- coincidentally, these guys are the sonic guys. >> seth: they are the sonic guys. they do the sonic commercials. we knew them well. >> had to go to their house parties. >> seth: speaking of house parties, after i hosted the espys in l.a. two years ago, i hosted the emmys last year. and both times, i brought my whole family over to your house and we had a pool party. >> you did! it was awesome. >> seth: we didn't wait to get invited. you invited us the first time. and then the night after the emmys, we just sort of told you we were all coming over. >> right after the emmys, you were like leaving your limousine going, "hey, what are you doing tomorrow?" "nothing." "we're going to jump in your pool." "okay." [ laughter ] >> seth: you were so nice to us. you've always been so nice to us. >> i love having people over. i love having people in southern california, where i have my pool. yeah, and it's always a good time. you've got a great family. >> seth: i remember that one time i was in lorne's office,
when i was working there, and he had a kenneth the page bobblehead doll on the desk. i remember thinking like, that i was so jealous that he had a trophy of you on the show. >> yes. and, you remember, seth and i auditioned for "saturday night live" on the same day. >> seth: we did. >> july of 2001. and i haven't heard anything back yet. [ laughter ] did you hear something back? >> seth: i did, i did. i did. >> well, they haven't said no. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: you, of course, ended up working with lorne for a long time on "30 rock." >> i did, yeah. >> seth: that's a great show. but i'm more interested in your early jobs. you grew up in georgia. >> yeah. >> seth: you worked -- one of the few people i know in the improv world who worked in a factory. >> i did. we worked at capco. we manufactured vinyl swimming pool liner. big old factory, unairconditioned. and this is, like, small town georgia. so we were not the most educated folk.
[ light laughter ] but i remember there was one lady named jeannie brand -- bless her heart. [ light laughter ] and she -- you know, again, these are people whose aspirations might not be on the same par as yours or mine, or a good dog. [ laughter ] and i remember one time, i was working there during the summer, in between college. because the next semester i was going to spend a semester abroad in england. and i said, "yeah, so i'm going over to europe. i'm going to try to save up for that." she's like, "man, if i ever went to europe, i'd go to mexico." [ laughter ] i was like, "well, you actually might not. that might not happen." >> seth: you also -- about as far away from working at factories as you can possibly go. you were in a mariah carey video shoot. >> yeah. [ light laughter ] >> seth: i mean, i remember when it came out, it was so mind-blowing to see you in a mariah carey video.
and i didn't realize this until today that something went wrong in the shoot. >> oh, it went horribly wrong. i got cast in the mariah carey video. [ cheers and applause ] no. there was one incident where i'm just goofing around with her in all these little vignettes. and at one point, i'm supposed to throw a frisbee with her. that frisbee hit her in the nose. [ laughter ] an errant frisbee. we were like, "ha-ha, "frolicking, frolicking." threw the frisbee. she's sitting there spinning around, spinning around. next think you know, bonk. like a cartoon character. and i mean, it shut that thing down. army of people came over, "are you all right? are you all right?" this one bodyguard came marching up to me. i was like, "oh, this is the end. this is how i die. this is how i die. tell my mama i love her." but she kept going. she's a trooper. but i was not asked to do any more mariah carey videos. [ laughter ] >> seth: and you also, nobody asked you to play
ultimate frisbee either. >> not yet. i wonder if there will be an "snl" skit. [ laughter and applause ] >> seth: you're doing something with disney. tell me about that. >> yes. i've been doing some voice-over stuff. i had this great series on disney xd called "wander over yonder," created by the same guy who did "the power puff girls." and that's a real treat. so check it out. "wander over yonder." the character feels a lot like me. >> seth: well, it's one of my favorite voices. >> yeah, like nails on a chalkboard. >> seth: thanks so much for being here. you are one of my favorite people. and it's been such a delight to have you. i can't believe we get to do this. >> i know! >> seth: jack mcbrayer, everybody! we'll be right back with gael garcia bernal! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everyone. our next guest is a talented actor who you know him from films like "babel," and "y tu mama tambien." starting friday, you can see him in the new movie, "rosewater." let's take a look. >> i am a journalist. that's it. nothing more. >> just experience. >> yes. >> as a spy, i'm just trying to figure out why your country is so terrifying. >> the first thing to know about iran is that it is not evil.
americans and iranians have a lot of things in common more than they have different. >> what do i have in common with you? >> so can you tell me why you just -- a journalist meet up with this american spy on the eve of -- >> he's not a spy. >> he's not a spy? >> no, it's a show. >> it's a show? >> a comedy show. it's stupid. >> it's very stupid, yes. >> he's a comedian pretending to be a spy. >> so can you tell me why american pretending to be a spy have chosen to interview you? >> and why would a real spy have a tv show? >> seth: please welcome, gael garcia bernal! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome. thank you so much for being here. >> thank you, man. thank you. >> seth: congratulations on the film. it's wonderful. >> thank you very much. >> seth: it's based on a true
story. you play the journalist, maziar bahari. am i saying that right? >> maziar bahari, yes. >> seth: maziar bahari. i was close enough. [ laughter ] but tell us about the story. >> okay. so maziar bahari -- he covered -- he's an iranian-canadian journalist. and he went in 2009 to cover the elections there when ahmadinejad won again. and there was a big movement called the green movement, which was a big demonstration that occurred. and a lot of repression happened. social media played a big part. and out of nowhere, he was put in prison for being -- yeah, supposedly the mastermind of the western media that was doing the revolution to overthrow ahmadinejad and destroy the iranian -- the islamic revolution. >> seth: and there's a connection in the film -- he, in real life, had appeared on "the daily show," and that became part of what the iranian government held against him. and then jon stewart ended up directing this film. >> yeah. >> seth: and it was his debut as
a director. what was he like to work with jon as a director? >> it was incredible. he's a lovely guy. he's the best. [ laughter ] really, yeah. he's just amazing. i mean, he's the nicest guy, the most intelligent and easy-going and collaborative director i've worked with. very -- he puts himself a lot in this film as well. i mean, this is a film that talks about the line of journalism. i mean, what is professional journalism? sorry. my english is my third language, okay? [ laughter ] >> seth: well, you don't have to brag about it. [ laughter ] and it's not my last one either. there are like four or five more. >> yeah, exactly. >> seth: were you familiar with the "daily show"? i know you live in mexico and argentina. do you have that there? is that a thing you knew of? >> i think it shows in some -- yeah, like cable. but no, i mean -- but i knew about the "daily show." of course, of course. it's been running now for like 15 years. >> seth: i'm glad you know about it.
it's interesting because you've also worked with directors -- working with jon on his first film. you worked with alejandro inarritu, who just did "birdman." but you worked with him really early in "amores perros." and you worked with alfonso cuaron in "y tu mama tambien," which is sort of his breakthrough movie. he did "gravity." when you worked with them, did you have any sense of these giant movies they were making? >> they were learning with me. >> seth: yes, yes. [ laughter ] they were learning from you? >> using me as a -- yeah, you know, using me, but also learning from me. i was very young at that point. very innocent. i had everything to blossom. then they destroyed my blossoming. [ laughter ] and then they ended up doing this great film. >> seth: and the only cost to you is your soul? >> my soul and -- yeah, yeah. well, the therapy is kind of -- going after them. no, man, i mean, i was so lucky to start with those two guys. i mean, those were my two favorite productions. >> seth: that's amazing. >> it was kind of incredible. we never thought that these films were ever going to be seen. i remember when "amores perros"
finished, the last day -- you know, i didn't even know what "action" meant in a film. i thought "action meant like a character action. "do a character." do the action of a character. and right before leaving back to drama school, i said to the producers, "hey, i had a great idea. can you guys give me a vhs copy of the film at the end? so that i can show people the film?" and i thought it was the most brilliant, savvy, you know? no actor syndicate would ever be so proud of an actor saying, "yes, ask for that tape." and the film got shown in cannes next year, and it got shown all over the world, and in cinemas everywhere. but i just thought that these films were never seen, you know. >> seth: that's really -- and then i heard that for "amores perros" you had to fake an illness to get out of drama school. so how did you go about that? although, i will say, if you can fake an illness to get out of drama school, that really means you're a great actor. [ laughter and applause ] >> yeah, yeah.
thank you! finally! finally some recognition for that work. oh, my gosh! no, we had -- there was a problem, that in drama school, they gave us a lot of this daunting situation of like, "you cannot work outside of this." which they're right in a way. but they stressed the fact that you can only have like three absences during the year. so we needed an extra week to finish my part in the film. and it was like, "what do we do?" i cannot -- because that's it, they're going to shove me out of school. how do we do it? and it was before -- it was in '98, '99. so google wasn't kind of working well. >> seth: no, i think we all remember that. >> so me and the director said, "let's just say that i am in mexico having a really bad illness." the worst part was that they sent me get well letter. [ audience aws ]
>> seth: that's really bad. you know, the other bad thing is the class you missed is when they taught everybody what "action" meant. >> exactly. [ laughter ] i still don't know what it is -- >> seth: thank you so much for being here. the film's great. you're wonderful in it. [ cheers and applause ] gael garcia bernal, everybody! "rosewater" opens in theaters this friday, november 14th. we'll be right back with ex hex. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [singing to himself] "here she comes now sayin' mony mony". ["mony mony" by billy idol kicks in on car stereo] ♪don't stop now come on mony♪ ♪come on yeah ♪i say yeah ♪yeah ♪yeah ♪yeah ♪yeah ♪yeah ♪yeah ♪'cause you make me feel like a pony♪ ♪so good ♪like your pony ♪so good ♪ride the pony the sentra, with bose audio and nissanconnect technology.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back, everybody. i'm very excited about this. tonight's musical guests are a punk power-trio who just released what "the new york times" called a "feel-good gut punch of a debut album." here, making their television debut and performing "don't wanna lose," please welcome ex hex! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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growing dim there's no way to lose no way to win ♪ ♪ i'm not gonna stay down goodbye the dark days bets are down ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: ex hex! the album, "rips", is available everywhere now! and be sure to head over to nbc.com/latenightmusic for an exclusive performance of their hit "hot and cold." we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] >> the "late night" music experience is brought to you by t-mobile. want more? t-mobile is setting music free. visit nbc.com/latenightmusic for original music performances and premiere acts as to your favorite lnsm bands. t-mobile unleashed.
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>> carson: good evening, i'm carson daly and you are watching "last call" from amp radio in beautiful los angeles, california. here's what we got for you, tonight. we got music from the front bottoms. we're going to shine a light on "starry eyes" actress alex esso and right now english actress gugu mbatha-raw turned heads earlier this year with a breakout preformance in the period piece, "belle." now you can catch her starring as a modern day music superstar in the film "beyond the lights" from bugatta supper club, here's more. ♪ >> my first time on stage ever was when i was six, and i was playing a candle. on a birthday cake, for the