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  • (crowd cheering)

  • Thanks for being here.

  • Great to be here.

  • You know, I, first of all I wanna say,

  • I saw this movie,

  • I'm gonna say it's like a week and a half ago

  • they got me a special screening.

  • And I went with a couple of the priests on our show

  • and we were completely blown away by this film.

  • It's a tall order.

  • I would say, playing Johnny Cash and you just become him.

  • And you forget that you're an actor playing Johnny Cash

  • which is the biggest hurdle in a biopic.

  • So congratulations, really an incredible job.

  • Thank you.

  • You gotta see this movie

  • (crowd applauds)

  • First of all I know...

  • You know you've come on the show a couple of times

  • over the years and I know

  • that one of the hardest things I know that you love acting,

  • you love inhabiting the role you love the craft.

  • Then you've got to go out and talk about the movie

  • which can probably get a little boring for you.

  • Cause people ask you the same questions over and over again.

  • Is there anything you're doing this time around to sort of,

  • keep yourself entertained as you go through this process?

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • (crowd laughs)

  • My question exactly.

  • Yeah. No, I always, I have...

  • (crowd laughing)

  • That was for our Finnish audience I think.

  • Yeah, no, I have

  • I just create a special languages that no one understands.

  • I don't even understand it.

  • Right right. You just, you, you make up like kind of words

  • and stuff just to do every now and then.

  • You've actually been doing this on this press tour.

  • Is that right?

  • Yeah a little bit mew mew

  • (crowd laughing)

  • (crosstalk)

  • You're doing it for yourself, right?

  • Well, me and two other people.

  • Right.

  • You know, I have a friend Michael

  • and we call him "Mew mew."

  • And he actually has a song

  • that we've made up just for him.

  • Just for him.

  • "Mew mew gaga" song.

  • Right. "Mew mew gaga" song.

  • "Gaga." Yeah. That's very important.

  • You did it very well, by the way.

  • Not a lot of people can do it.

  • And who have you been trying to get to do it?

  • I heard you try to, you went on,

  • was it Ridges and?

  • Yeah, Ridges. He was a champ.

  • He did it and he did it very well.

  • And the first thing...

  • Did he know what he was doing? How did this play?

  • Yeah. No we went through the entire song actually.

  • He what he knew, he knows the chorus, the bridge everything.

  • Right.

  • I'd love to see Ridges scream "mew mew gaga mew mew."

  • And he's such a high energy guy.

  • Right. He also, he can add a little "gika" or "jenga"

  • with the two which is nice. Just a little flavor.

  • You know when they "mew mew gaga" too much.

  • I prefer not to go that way. That's not me.

  • That's more Ridges. I don't do that.

  • I'm a strict "mew mew gaga" guy myself.

  • Okay. Well, whatever makes you comfortable.

  • It's your show. You know what I mean?

  • I don't wanna push anything on it.

  • After The Wendy's thing, I don't know

  • if it's mine anymore. It might be..

  • (crowd laughs)

  • It might be gone now. Now you had to, have not had to

  • this I think has to be a thrill is present

  • at the Country Music Awards

  • which, you know, I mean, you're playing Johnny Cash

  • in the film and then you're asked to present

  • at the Country Music Awards. How was that?

  • Did you enjoy it?

  • Well, did you know how many people sat

  • at Madison square garden?

  • Do you know how many people are there?

  • (crosstalk)

  • Slightly more than what we have in this room right now

  • (crosstalk)

  • A little bit more. Two and a half million people. Wow.

  • And not really

  • (crowd laughs)

  • But there was a lot. That's what it feels like.

  • And I walked out there and I just, I didn't know what to do.

  • And I saw Kris Kristofferson right away.

  • And he gave me a thumbs up

  • And I was like, "Well that's good."

  • I don't know what that meant.

  • I don't know how he knows that it's gonna be okay.

  • But somehow...

  • There's something very calming

  • about Kris Kristofferson.

  • Yeah. No, it's true.

  • I found that throughout my life,

  • whenever I'm in a moment of crisis, I look around

  • and Kris Kristofferson appears.

  • (crowd laughs)

  • So he gives me a thumbs up. He's like an angel

  • He is. No, so that was good.

  • And then I had to, you know, we're presenting.

  • And so we're. They go through a list of names.

  • It's on a teleprompter.

  • And I was a little nervous

  • but I got all of those names right.

  • But Reese who I've worked with for like a year,

  • I got her name wrong.

  • I called her Reeth on live television

  • and she kicked me off of stage.

  • Yeah. She can be vicious I'm told. Yeah. She's tough.

  • No she's a sweetheart.

  • Well, you guys, I mean she plays your love interest,

  • June Carter Cash in this film.

  • And I wanna talk about the movie now.

  • First of all this great honor you got to meet Johnny Cash,

  • even before you made this film.

  • Before you knew that you were gonna be making this film.

  • Is that right?

  • Yeah.

  • How did that come about?

  • Well, I was invited over to dinner

  • at his friend's house and went over

  • and it was an amazing experience.

  • I can't tell you what that's like no words can describe

  • what it was there. John and June were just beautiful people.

  • And they sang this song together

  • and looked at each other's eyes

  • and it was just beautiful spiritual.

  • And then I had to leave

  • and John stopped me as I was walking out.

  • And he was a real fan of this movie, "The Gladiator."

  • And he said, I can't do his voice anymore.

  • But he said, "My favorite part is when you said,

  • "Your son squealed like a girl

  • when they nailed him to the cross

  • and you're a wife moaned like a horse.

  • They ravaged her again and again and again."

  • I love that part."

  • (crowd laughs)

  • We all remember that. Yeah.

  • Yeah. I mean the most sadistic dialogue

  • ever committed to celluloid.

  • Right. That's what like caught his attention.

  • Well, he's an artist who went to a dark place many times

  • and he's fuscous.

  • But he was amazed that that kind of him,

  • just seeing him with with June and this great love

  • and then that's the dialogue that he quotes

  • and it's fascinating.

  • You know, one of the things you do in the movie

  • in addition to, you know, playing the music

  • and singing it is that you have in the movie,

  • his deep baritone. And I was just thinking,

  • how did you do that?

  • I mean, you could put a gun to my head.

  • I could never get my voice lower than like a helium squeak.

  • But you have, I'd be like,

  • "Hi everybody. I'm Johnny Cash."

  • But you, I almost got that role and that cost me.

  • But you really you changed your voice

  • and I'm wondering how do you do that?

  • With vocal lessons, doing working with a vocal coach.

  • And it's the most humiliating process I've ever endured

  • because you do these exercises, all these vowels.

  • And you do like "thethethethe," up and down.

  • And it's so uncomfortable. I can't tell you.

  • And to transition as I hear this guy

  • going "funkdy bangdy dingidy dingidy" up.

  • You know how do you go from that to I shot a man

  • and really don't wanna watch him die. It's strange.

  • It's not getting you in the mood

  • to sing a Johnny Cash song.

  • It was very, very difficult.

  • Well, we have a clip here. This is a great scene actually.

  • This is in the movie.

  • Johnny Cash has gone through this terrible problems

  • with addiction. He's been gone for a while

  • and then he wants to come back

  • and he wants to appease this idea to sing at Folsom prison.

  • His record label says, "That's a stupid idea,

  • no one wants to see that," but he goes ahead and does it.

  • And I think it's one of the biggest selling records

  • of all time when this came out.

  • It sounds great. It seems like an interesting movie.

  • Yeah, thank you very much.

  • I look forward to seeing it.

  • I like to set up all the clips myself. I just enjoy it.

  • (crowd laughs)

  • Anyway here's a little thing I did called Walk the Line

  • but take a look at this clip.

  • My hats off to you now.

  • Cause I ain't never had to drink this yellow water

  • you got here at Folsom.

  • (crowd applauds loudly)

  • (glass shatters)

  • This song's for your warden.

  • early that morning while I'm making the rounds, ♪

  • ♪ I took this shout of cocaine then I shot my woman down

  • ♪ I went riding home then I went to bed. ♪

  • ♪ I stuck that lovin' 44 beneath my head

  • got up next morning and I grabbed that gun. ♪

  • took a shot of cocaine and away I run

  • made a good run but I run too slow

  • they overtook me down in Juarez, Mexico

  • (crowd applauds)

  • I've heard from, you know I think a lot of people

  • and I thought I was very familiar with Johnny Cash's work

  • and a fan of his. I saw this movie and I went home

  • that night and I stayed on the internet all night

  • like getting more Johnny Cash songs

  • and trying to look at rare footage.

  • This movie makes you wanna like revisit everything he did.

  • Which is really cool.

  • Walk the Line opens tomorrow.Go see this movie.

  • It's fantastic

  • It's been an honor to have you. Thank so much

  • (crosstalk)

  • (crowd applauds)

(crowd cheering)

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