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  • ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,

  • WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • MY NEXT GUEST TONIGHT IS AN EMMY AWARD

  • WINNING ACTOR YOU KNOW FROM "WATCHMEN," "AQUAMAN," AND "THE

  • GET DOWN."

  • HIS LATEST MOVIE IS "THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7."

  • >> YOU CAN'T GIVE THIS SPEECH IN CHICAGO.

  • >> HE WANTS ME THERE.

  • LET THEM GIVE THE SPEECH.

  • BETWEEN I HAD AND HIM THERE WILL BE 5,000 PEOPLE.

  • >> NOT WHILE YOU'RE IN TROUBLE IN C CT.

  • >> YES, WHILE I'M IN TROUBLE.

  • WHEN AM I NOT GOING TO BE IN TROUBLE.

  • >> YOU WILL BE IN A LOT MORE IF YOU STAND UP AND SAY THAT.

  • >> IF THEY ATTACK YOU YOU TAKE THEM OUT OF CONTEXT.

  • >> SO WILL EVERY WHITE PERSON IN AMERICA AND YOU DON HAVE ANY

  • PROTECTION IN CHICAGO.

  • >> THERE'S NO PLACE TO BE BUT IN IT.

  • >> KING -- HE HAS A DREAM NOW A BULLET

  • IN HIS HEAD.

  • THEY'RE ALL DEAD.

  • JESUS IS DEAD.

  • THEY TRIED IT PEACEFULLY.

  • WE'LL TRY SOMETHING ELSE.

  • >> STEPHEN: PLEASE WELCOME TO "A LATE SHOW," YAHYA ABDULMATEEN

  • THE SECOND.

  • HEY!

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME, MAN.

  • HOW YOU DOING?

  • >> Stephen: I'M DOING WELL.

  • AS I WAS SAYING BEFORE, I A GREAT PERFORMANCE.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • >> Stephen: MANY PEOPLE MISPRONOUNCED YOUR NAME.

  • AM I IN THE BALLPARK?

  • >> I GIVE YOU TEN OUT OF TEN.

  • >> Stephen: BOOM!

  • I DON'T THINK I'VE HEARD MY NAME ON TELEVISION THAT WAY YET.

  • CAN I SAY SOMETHING?

  • >> Stephen: I LIKE WHAT YOU'VE SAID SO FAR.

  • SURE.

  • >> MOST PEOPLE IN MY LIFE THEY CALL ME YAHYA.

  • A FEW GOOD FRIENDS, I DON'T THINK ANY FAMILY CALL ME YAHYA,

  • BUT MOST PEOPLE CALL ME YAHYA.

  • SO I DON'T MIND IF SOMEONE SAYSIA. I CAN'T IT'S ALWAYS

  • COOL IF SOMEONE SAYS YAHYA AND I ALWAYS APPRECIATE THAT.

  • WHAT REALLY IRKS ME IS WHEN THEY MAKE THE "H" TOO BIG ON MY NAME

  • AND THAT'S WHEN I SHUT DOWN THE PRODUCTION AND I NEED THE H ON

  • MY NAME.

  • >> Stephen: I'M GLAD WE DON'T HAVE TO SHUT DOWN PRODUCTION.

  • THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT.

  • KEEP ROLLING WITH PRODUCTION HERE.

  • CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER.

  • YOU WON YOUR FIRST EMMY FOR "WATCHMAN."

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • >> Stephen: IS THAT YOUR FIRST NOMINATION?

  • >> YES.

  • DIDN'T COME WITH AN EMMY BUT THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE TO WIN OVER ZOOM?

  • >> IT WAS COOL.

  • EVERY TIME I OPEN UP A ZOOM, I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING READY TO

  • READ A MANIFESTO.

  • THIS ZOOM WORLD IS BY CZAR.

  • IT'S FUN.

  • I'M BREATHING, DOING THE EMMY THING.

  • I HAVE MY COUSIN AND FAMILY THERE I'M DRESSED IN A SUIT.

  • THEY MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT I WIN.

  • >> LET'S SHOW THE CLIP OF YAHYA WINNING.

  • >> THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN MY FIRST I CALL YOU MY EARLY

  • INVESTORS.

  • I LOVE YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU AND THIS ONE'S FOR YOU.

  • THANK YOU.

  • ( APPLAUSE ) ( LAUGHTER )

  • >> Stephen: WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE END THERE?

  • >> I WAS TRYING TO KEEP MY COOL, MAN.

  • I WAS TRYING TO KEEP MY COOL.

  • AND OBVIOUSLY I THOUGHT THE CAMERA WASN'T ON ME NO MORE.

  • SO KEEP MY COOL, MY COMPOSURE.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • I GIVE MY NICE SPEECH AND THANKS AND TOAST AND I SIT THE

  • GLASS DOWN AND FOR SOME REASON I THOUGHT ONCE I SIT THE GLASS

  • DOWN THE CAMERA'S NOT ON ANY ANMORE.

  • BUT THAT WAS REALLY MY TRUE EXCITEMENT UP UNDER ALL OF THAT.

  • AND, YOU KNOW, AFTER THAT, IT WAS NICE BECAUSE I HAD ANOTHER

  • CAMERA GOING, ANOTHER, YOU KNOW, COMPUTER GOING WITH MY ZOOM AND

  • I HAD A PARTY, YOU KNOW, MYSELF AND MY FAMILY, ABOUT 15 MEMBERS

  • OF MY FAMILY OVER ZOOM, WE HAD A PARTY DRINKING CHAMPAGNE AND

  • DANCING AND REALLY CELEBRATING.

  • THAT WAS ABOUT FROM 3:30 IN THE MORNING TILL ABOUT 7:00 A.M.,

  • AND THEN GOT UP AND WENT TO WORK AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST A

  • REGULAR DAY AFTER THAT.

  • BUT, YEAH, THAT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL.

  • >> Stephen: NOW I HEAR YOU THAT YOU GOT INTO ACTING IN KIND

  • OF AN UNUSUAL WAY THAT YOU ACTUALLY STUDIED ARCHITECTURE.

  • >> YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, I STUDIED ARCHITECTURE.

  • >> Stephen: AND WORKED AS A CITY PLANNER.

  • >> I WORKED AS A CITY PLANNER.

  • >> Stephen: THOSE ARE TWO VERY WELL-RESPECTED JOBS.

  • WHY DID YOU WANT TO GO OFF AND JOIN THE CIRCUS AND BE IN SHOW

  • BUSINESS?

  • HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?

  • >> I GOT LAID OFF FROM MY JOB AND I SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • I WANT TO GO HAVE SOME FUN, YOU KNOW.

  • I WAS IN COLLEGE, AND I RAN TRACK IN COLLEGE, AND A TEAMMATE

  • OF MINE, YOU KNOW, AFTER I HAD DONE SOME SKITS AND THINGS LIKE

  • THAT, MAKING FUN OF THE COACHES AND THINGS, A TEAMMATE OF MINE

  • RECOMMENDED I TAKE A THEATER CLASS.

  • HE SAID, BRO, YOU SHOULD TAKE A THEATER CLASS.

  • IT'S LIKE RESET.

  • EVERYBODY IN COLLEGE LOOKS FOR THE EASY A, SO THAT WAS MINE.

  • I AUDITIONED WITH A MONOLOGUE FROM "BABY BOY" DOING MY BEST

  • IMPERSONATION, AND I GET INTO CLASS AND, YOU KNOW, I HAD FUN.

  • SO THAT WAS THE SCENE OF ME -- >> Stephen: WE HAVE PHOTOS OF

  • YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL ACTUALLY HERE.

  • THIS IS YOUT AT THE COMPUTER TERMINALS.

  • WERE YOU INTO PROGRAMMING?

  • DID YOU RUN WITH THE NERD CROWD?

  • >> I DEFINITELY -- I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS A NERD CROWD, BUT I

  • WAS, YOU KNOW -- WELL, MAYBE I WAS, JUST BY TELLING THIS STORY,

  • I'M KIND OF OUT OF MYSELF.

  • I WAS -- SO EVERY THURSDAY, MY SENIOR YEAR, ME AND MY TWO BEST

  • FRIENDS, WE WORE TURTLENECKS ON THURSDAY AND THAT WAS, LIKE,

  • TURTLENECK THURSDAY.

  • SO THAT'S A VERY NERD THING TO DO.

  • YEAH, JUST A LITTLE BIT.

  • I ALSO PLAYED CHESS.

  • I WAS IN THE DEBATE CLUB.

  • I WAS ALSO ON VARSITY BASKETBALL.

  • I LETTERED IN TRACK FOR THREE YEARS.

  • >> Stephen: WERE YOU IN THE NATIONAL FORENSIC LEAGUE?

  • DID YOU GO TO TOURNAMENTS?

  • DID YOU DO THE NATIONAL FORENSIC LEAGUE?

  • THE LINCOLN DOUGLAS FOUR MAN DEBATE?

  • WHAT WERE YOU GUYS DOING?

  • >> I WENT TO UC PERKILY WITH THE REST OF MY CLASSMATES AND DID

  • DEBATES.

  • >> Stephen: THE GUY WITH THE TURTLENECK, ARE THESE THE SAME

  • GUYS?

  • >> YEAH, THAT'S DUALITY.

  • >> Stephen: DUALITY.

  • YOU HAVE TO BE WELL ROUNDED.

  • YOU HAVE TURTLENECK AND SWEATER YAHYA AND THEN THE DREADLOCK

  • YAHYA THAT CAN GIVE IT TO YOU, TOO.

  • I WON PROM KING, BY THE WAY.

  • >> Stephen: YOU WON PROM KING?

  • I'M SORRY, YOU JUST LOST YOUR NERD STATUS.

  • I HAVE TO TAKE YOUR CARD AWAY.

  • YOU CAN REAPPLY LATER, FOR NOW, WE HAVE TO IMPOUND YOUR CARD

  • BECAUSE YOU WON PROM KING.

  • >> ALL RIGHT.

  • >> Stephen: FOLKS, WE'VE GOT TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAK

  • BUT STICK AROUND WHEN WE COME BACK AND I'LL ASK YAHYA ABOUT

  • PLAYING BOBBY SEAL IN THE NEW

  • MOVIE THE CHICAGO 7.

  • STICK AROUND.

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