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  • You've had this movie that you made, "The Comeback Trail."

  • [Zach] Yes, sir.

  • And because of COVID, it keeps, it got pushed to next year

  • as a lot of movies have.

  • Yeah.

  • This is a very big project for you because

  • you got to work with one of your all-time heroes,

  • I think a lot of people's all-time hero,

  • Robert De Niro.

  • Yeah, Conan, this is how COVID extra effed me up

  • is that I had one of the biggest breaks of my life,

  • in that I got cast, as a lead, with Robert De Niro,

  • in a giant comedy directed and written by George Gallo

  • who made "Midnight Run," one of my favorites.

  • Yup, yup.

  • And I didn't even audition, they offered it to me,

  • and I was like, "But wait a minute, it's a big part.

  • Like, I'm on every page."

  • And they were like, "Yeah, De Niro and George

  • want you for it."

  • So I go down there, we shoot it in Albuquerque,

  • it's literally me and De Niro in every scene, we play--

  • That's fantastic, yeah.

  • We play movie producers

  • who are just the worst movie producers

  • and then COVID hits and now

  • it's not coming out until next year.

  • It'll come out, but I was so excited.

  • Yeah, I mean, this is just a still from the movie,

  • but this you in bed with Robert De Niro,

  • and it's like, it's clear that you guys have, I mean,

  • there's no way you didn't

  • get intimately close with this man.

  • We became very close, and I had to,

  • I'm not exaggerating that I would,

  • because I love him so much,

  • and I would go in my trailer, in the mirror,

  • I would give myself pep talks.

  • I would be like, you need to go into the scene,

  • 'cause I'd have scenes where I'm screaming at him

  • and I'm slapping him across the face.

  • And I would just give myself a pep talk.

  • Like, "This is just a normal actor.

  • This is not the most legendary hero that you have."

  • [Conan] Right, right.

  • And so, because I knew that if I was intimidated,

  • I would suck, so I had to like, every scene,

  • I would give myself this like mental,

  • like, you got this.

  • And that worked out?

  • Yeah, it was great, you know, he's very shy.

  • A lot of people don't know this about him,

  • but you know, when he's not in character,

  • they call cut and he's kind of like, you know, a quiet guy.

  • He goes back to his chair and then they go,

  • "Okay, Bob, we're ready."

  • And he comes to set and he's kind of quiet,

  • and then they yell "Action,"

  • and he goes full, amazing De Niro.

  • But he's pretty soft-spoken,

  • but little by little, we became closer,

  • and I made it to texting status, which was thrilling.

  • We just texted the other day.

  • You text now with Robert De Niro?

  • Oh yes, me and the Bobby D are text buddies.

  • Sometimes he calls me out of the blue because,

  • you know, when you get like,

  • you know when you get no caller ID

  • and you're like, "I'm not gonna answer that.

  • Who the hell could that be?" Right.

  • Now I know that it potentially is Bob De Niro,

  • so now I always answer it.

  • Of course, nine times out of 10,

  • it's a cold caller, but one out of 10 times, Conan,

  • it's Bob just saying hi.

  • Do you have a special voice?

  • 'Cause sometimes I pick up the phone

  • when it says no caller ID, I take a chance,

  • but I don't use my voice.

  • [Zach] Yes, yeah, the tough guy voice, it's like,

  • "Yeah, what? Hello?"

  • I do a crazy over the top Italian guy

  • "What you want from me?"

  • Do you remember that Eddie Murphy bit in, I'm sorry,

  • I have a horrible Eddie Murphy impression.

  • But when he, on SNL, when he'd go,

  • "This is how you answer the door in my neighborhood.

  • Who is it?"

  • (Conan laughing)

  • Not bad. I don't think that was

  • a terrible Eddie Murphy impression.

  • Well, I just go with that, that's what I channel

  • when I answered the no caller ID.

  • Hello.

You've had this movie that you made, "The Comeback Trail."

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