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  • (audience cheering and applauding)

  • Hi.

  • Nice to have you here.

  • First of all, congratulations, an Oscar nomination.

  • Catch Me if You Can.

  • It's got to feel-- Thank you.

  • very good.

  • (audience cheering)

  • It's all good. (audience cheering)

  • It's very strange, how do you feel about your performance?

  • Cause clearly people loved it,

  • but are you able to watch yourself?

  • How do you feel about it?

  • I thought it was very good.

  • I liked the movie very much.

  • (audience laughing)

  • So you give yourself two thumbs up.

  • You know, what's great is that you have that

  • it of course takes place maybe in the early sixties.

  • So you get to wear those great sort of early sixties clothes

  • you're wearing, you know, the thin ties,

  • the hat, you get to wear the cool hat.

  • You must have liked that, dressing up that way.

  • Absolutely, it was very,

  • it was powerful really because when I put the hat on,

  • and the overcoat and the shoes and I got the haircut

  • and I looked exactly like my father.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Just the way your father did.

  • Yes, and he had that hat.

  • He had that coat, it was that time.

  • In fact, when that movie takes place,

  • my father would have been about the same age I am now.

  • So they say that man one morning get up

  • and look in the mirror and they see their father.

  • Well, I had that happen to me in a big way on this movie.

  • Right, right.

  • I see my mom, I don't know why.

  • (audience laughing)

  • I'm like hi Conan?

  • And someone in the mirror is like, hi honey.

  • (audience laughing)

  • it's very...

  • can I just talk to you about your hair for a moment

  • and please (audience cheering)

  • No, I wanna, I know this has been discussed.

  • (audience clapping)

  • I knew you were gonna talk about my hair.

  • I know this has been discussed and I just can't help it.

  • I'm obsessed with hair.

  • I spend hours on my hair.

  • There's mayonnaise, there's there's fiber fill insulation.

  • But you have great hair, when we've met before,

  • we've always talked about hair.

  • Yes, I'm obsessed with it.

  • But today your hair

  • is going straight up. It's huge.

  • No, I have to apologize. It looks like you blew dry

  • it upside down in a cave, you know?

  • I have to apologize.

  • I've been sitting around the house a lot and it got huge.

  • (laughing loudly)

  • And I really- What do you just sitting

  • around the house?

  • What absorbing moisture?

  • And eating, do you find that when your hair

  • gets really big, you know that you gain weight?

  • (audience laughing)

  • No, I do not find that to be true.

  • So you're saying that as your hair grows longer,

  • you gain weight?

  • I've been gaining weight, and I have to lose it.

  • So if I get a haircut, you shrink.

  • (laughing loudly)

  • This is such a fantastic theory.

  • Do you mean you don't even- No, it's something

  • I've noticed from working in the theater.

  • If you do like a Shakespeare play

  • and you put on a big costume,

  • then you look ridiculous because your head is tiny

  • and you've got this big gown.

  • So then you have to put on a big wig to make it fill out.

  • And I think that happens naturally too.

  • But as you think, what you're seeing is that

  • as your hair bigger, something in your body signals,

  • Yes.

  • you must gain weight to compensate for your big hair.

  • Yep, that's right, match your hair.

  • (laughing)

  • But I'm gonna get a hair cut

  • and I'm gonna lose weight.

  • That's the strangest theory I believe I've ever heard.

  • And I'm gonna, I'm sure I'll be reading in three years

  • that the working theory in the new England journal

  • of medicine and you'll be correct.

  • Yep, I should have a videotape and make a lot of money.

  • Like a lose weight video where

  • it's you just getting your hair cut?

  • (audience laughing)

  • That's a great, great theory.

  • Now of course you're nominated, this is very exciting.

  • Last time you were nominated, you won.

  • Yup.

  • Deer Hunter.

  • And a fantastic role.

  • (audience clapping)

  • I look at that movie sometimes and I love that movie,

  • but I think that couldn't have,

  • it must have been a very difficult,

  • obviously emotional movie to film Deer Hunter,

  • but you also had to work in the jungle.

  • I'm guessing under difficult circumstances.

  • Did you, you didn't like that experience?

  • Well, it was a great experience,

  • you know, to be with the people

  • in all those different places,

  • but it's true that I've made a couple of jungle movies

  • and I don't like to work in the jungle.

  • You don't what?

  • Tell us what don't you like about the jungle?

  • I mean, at this point in my life,

  • I'd have to really need money

  • to make another movie in the jungle.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Now, what is this specifically about being in the jungle?

  • All the things it's hot, humid and the bugs,

  • you know, and everything, and the monkeys screaming and-

  • (audience laughing)

  • also alligators and things, you know.

  • Well, come on, you're a movie star.

  • You must be protected from those things.

  • You're not like,

  • it's not like you go into your room.

  • Not really, like the alligators,

  • you notice that they're always like a couple of inches

  • below the surface and they wait for you to come down

  • and then they jump.

  • Oh my God, this has happened to you?

  • Have you ever noticed when you dive under water

  • and you fight an alligator?

  • I mean, that's a pretty-

  • No, it's not funny.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Yes it is.

  • Yes it is.

  • Also, I can just see an alligator going

  • along the water with just as little-

  • Waiting, they're always like this deep.

  • And they're waiting.

  • when you come down, you know, and they go, whoa.

  • (laughing)

  • But then you come along

  • and it's just your hair above the surface.

  • (audience clapping)

  • It's coming along.

  • I'm just imagining things.

  • I imagine, that's what I do.

  • But I'm getting a hair cut, that's not fair.

  • Yeah, you will get a haircut by the time.

  • Yeah, you will get a haircut

  • and you will lose all that weight.

  • People are obsessed with,

  • people are obsessed with, I'm obsessed with your hair,

  • but many people are obsessed with your voice.

  • In fact, people love to do impressions of you,

  • they just love it.

  • It must be easy.

  • I don't think it's that it's easy.

  • I mean, have you in your own life

  • haven't you encountered people that do impressions of you?

  • Ooh, absolutely.

  • Yeah, I have a friend who was a wonderful actor

  • and he does me on his answering machine.

  • (audience laughing)

  • So when I call him, I talk to myself.

  • (laughing)

  • Which has got to be strange.

  • We notice cheer that over,

  • just this isn't even over a very long period of time, is it?

  • This is just over a very short period of time,

  • a lot of people have spontaneously launched

  • into Christopher Walken impression.

  • So we thought,

  • we'd honor you with a little montage right now.

  • Let's let's take a look at this.

  • (audience clapping)

  • I put the cat box outside on a balcony.

  • Look around you're in the taxi cab.

  • (audience laughing)

  • There should be a seat belt.

  • Hey,

  • good question.

  • I got a question.

  • Which one of you can guess

  • what I've buried under my house.

  • I did a show for Bravo.

  • That was, it was nice.

  • (audience cheering)

  • It is nice.

  • (audience cheering)

  • Who was that last guy?

  • That's Hammer he's just very good at impressions who knew?

  • You clearly, I mean, you've, you've played

  • many evil characters.

  • You're terrific actor and you've you've portrayed many types

  • of people, but you clearly, you,

  • you like to play an evil character, don't you.

  • Sure? I like to work.

  • And I think,

  • you know,

  • movies are so expensive to make that it makes sense that

  • certain people are the lovers,

  • certain people are the funny,

  • you know, friend,

  • Right.

  • And there's the villain and you know, I'm,

  • I'm happy to be the villain.

  • Do you enjoy it?

  • Is it more fun to play an evil character?

  • I do.

  • Because evil in the movies is sort of, you know,

  • it can be funny.

  • There's an equation between what's funny and scary.

  • And I think that that, that, that belongs to the movies,

  • not life, you know, life is scary, but then.

  • Movies, movies are not scary.

  • Right.

  • Life is scary, but not movies.

  • What's an example of like a movie where it's so scary

  • that it's kind of funny.

  • Oh, it happens all the time.

  • I don't you think there's a kind of like fine line?

  • (audience laughing)

  • I'm not going to help you out.

  • I want a specific example.

  • I see what you're saying.

  • Like, if something's really, it,

  • it's the natural human reaction you got to.

  • It's so scary you got to laugh.

  • Yeah I do.

  • And you know, there's, I think there's a,

  • a connection between laughing and smiling and,

  • and being a little nervous and all comic writers.

  • I think dealing with that.

  • (audience laughing)

  • You're saying all comedians are evil.

  • There there's a range side.

  • No, but I think there's something a little bit scary about

  • things that are funny.

  • (audience laughing)

  • Do you find me very scary?

  • (audience laughing)

  • Your hair?

  • (audience laughing)