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  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,

  • WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • FOLKS, MY FIRST GUEST IS A GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER YOU KNOW

  • FROM "NOTTING HILL," "FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS," AND "A VERY

  • ENGLISH SCANDAL."

  • HE'S CURRENTLY STARRING IN THE LIMITED SERIES, "THE UNDOING."

  • >> HEY.

  • >> HEY.

  • >> HE'S MY PATIENT.

  • >> GET YOUR HANDS OFF HIM.

  • >> I'M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR MOM.

  • >> DON'T TALK TO HIM.

  • >> I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR MOM, I DIDN'T

  • DO IT.

  • >> ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

  • >> GOTO YOUR ROOM >> NO, HE SHOULD KNOW THAT.

  • >> HE NEEDS TO KNOW THAT, AND SO DO YOU.

  • THERE WERE LINES I CROSSED, BUT I DID NOT TAKE HER LIFE.

  • >> Stephen: WOW.

  • PLEASE WELCOME TO "A LATE SHOW," HUGH GRANT!

  • HELLO, HUGH GRANT.

  • >> WELL, HELLO.

  • ( LAUGHS ) HELLO.

  • >> Stephen: NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.

  • >> YOU SAY, "WELCOME," AND ONE THINKS THERE'S GOING TO BE

  • CLAPPING, AND THERE'S NO CLAPPING.

  • >> Stephen: NO, THERE'S NO CLAPPING.

  • IT IS A LITTLE ODD.

  • IS THIS THE FIRST OF THESE YOU'VE DONE IN COVID TIMES?

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: OH, YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT.

  • >> I FIND IT-- I'M HATING IT ALREADY.

  • >> Stephen: THE SILENCE-- THE SILENCE, YOU CAN IMAGINE

  • ANYRIATION YOU WANT AT ANY TIME.

  • YOU JUST PAINT THE AUDIENCE YOU WISH.

  • >> I CAN'T-- I NEED CONSTANT AFFIRMATION AND APPLAUSE, EVEN

  • WHEN I'M FILMING.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, HUGH, I THINK YOU LOOK GREAT.

  • >> REALLY?

  • NOT JUST SAYING THAT?

  • >> Stephen: FOR A MAN OF YOUR AGE, YOU LOOK AMAZING.

  • >> WELL, I CAN'T DISAGREE.

  • >> Stephen: WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU ZOOMING IN FROM NOW,

  • MR. GRANT?

  • >> I'M IN LONDON.

  • I'M IN THE WEST END OF LONDON, WHICH IS COMPLETELY DESERTED.

  • WE'RE IN ANOTHER LOCKDOWN, IN A HOTEL, WHICH IS ALSO COMPLETELY

  • DESERTED.

  • LITERALLY, I'M SITTING HERE ALONE IN A LARGE HOTEL.

  • THE ONLY PERSON I'VE SEEN IS A LITTLE GIRL RIDING A TRICYCLE IN

  • THE CORRIDORS.

  • IT'S VERY SCARY.

  • >> Stephen: IS THIS THE HOTEL FROM "THE SHINING," BECAUSE I

  • BELIEVE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN THAT MOVIE?

  • >> THAT RINGS A BELL, YES.

  • >> Stephen: DON'T USE THE ELEVATORS IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY.

  • DON'T USE THE ELEVATORS.

  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU ALL BEEN IN LOCKDOWN?

  • THERE'S TALKS-- IT'S SPIKING IN THE UNITED STATES, TOO, AND

  • THERE ARE TALKS SOME OF THE BIG CITIES, ESPECIALLY, MIGHT HAVE

  • TO LOCK DOWN AGAIN.

  • HOW LONG AGO DID THAT HAPPEN FOR Y'ALL?

  • >> A WEEK AGO.

  • IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE JUST FOR A MONTH.

  • AND I'M NOT SURE EVERYONE'S GOT QUITE THE SAME ENTHUSIASM THEY

  • HAD THE FIRST TIME AROUND.

  • >> Stephen: NO, OF COURSE NOT.

  • >> WE'RE ALL SUPPOSED TO BE IN OUR HOMES, BUT I'VE NEVER SEEN

  • THE STREETS MORE THRONGED WITH PEOPLE.

  • YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO FORM A LINE TO GET ON TO PICCADILLY.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE?

  • WHAT IS THE LOCKDOWN RULE?

  • >> IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE NO RESTAURANTS, NO BARS, AND ONLY

  • ESSENTIAL SHOPS.

  • BUT EVERY SHOP SEEMS TO THINK THAT IT IS, IN FACT, ESSENTIAL,

  • YOU KNOW.

  • FLORISTS ARE OPEN.

  • >> Stephen: WELL, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE CHEER IN YOUR DAY.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: HOW ABOUT-- HOW ABOUT IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD?

  • IS EVERYBODY HEALTHY?

  • HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN ABLE TO ARB VOID IT?

  • >> WELL I HAD IT.

  • MY WIFE AND I HAD IT WAY BACK IN THE WINTER, SO WE --

  • >> Stephen: BACK IN MARCH.

  • >> WE HAVE ANTIBODIES.

  • I'M RATHER PROUD OF THEM.

  • SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET IT, I DON'T THINK.

  • >> Stephen: YOU GOT IT BACK IN MARCH?

  • YOU ACTUALLY HAD IT?

  • >> I GOT IT IN FEBRUARY -- >> Stephen: YOU KNOW FOR A

  • FACT?

  • YOU WERE TESTED?

  • >> WELL, I'VE HAD AN ANTIBODY TEST ONLY A MONTH AGO, AND I

  • STILL HAVE THOSE ANTIBODIES, SO I KNOW THAT'S WHAT IT WAS.

  • IT BECAME CLEAR-- I MEAN, IT STARTED AS JUST A VERY STRANGE

  • SYNDROME WHERE I KEPT BREAKING INTO A TERRIBLE SWEAT.

  • IT WAS LIKE A PONCHO OF SWEAT-- EMBARRASSING, REALLY.

  • AND THEN MY EYEBALLS FELT ABOUT THREE SIZES TOO BIG.

  • AND THIS FEELING AS THOUGH SOME ENORMOUS MAN WAS SITTING ON MY

  • CHEST, SORT OF HARVEY WEINSTEIN OR SOMEONE.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S NOT GOOD.

  • >> I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS IS.

  • AND THEN I WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET ONE DAY, AND I THOUGHT, I

  • CAN'T SMELL A DAMN THING, AND YOU START TO PANIC.

  • BY THEN PEOPLE HAD JUST STARTED TO TALK ABOUT THIS AS A SYMPTOM.

  • AND I STARTED SNIFFING FLOWERS, NOTHING.

  • YOU GET MORE AND MORE DESPERATE.

  • I STARTED SNIFFING IN GARBAGE CANS.

  • AND THEN, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO SMIF STRANGERS' ARMPITS BECAUSE

  • YOU JUST CAN'T SMELL ANYTHING.

  • AND I EVENTUALLY WENT HOME AND SPRAYED MY WIFE'S CHANEL NUMBER

  • 5 DIRECTLY INTO MY FACE.

  • COULDN'T SMELL A THING.

  • I DID GO BLIND.

  • >> Stephen: WOW.

  • THAT'S WHY FLORISTS ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS AT THIS POINT.

  • >> YES.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S A TEST CENTER.

  • YOU GO INTO THE FLORAL SHOP AND SAY, "GIVE ME A DOZEN ROSES."

  • IF THEY DON'T SMELL, YOUD TOOLE DOWN TO THE HOSPITAL AND YOU'LL

  • BE FINE.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: HOW IS QUARANTINING-- I UNDERSTAND YOU

  • HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN.

  • IS THIS TRUE?

  • >> YES, SO I HAVE DOZENS OF THEM.

  • >> Stephen: GOOD.

  • >> I'M QUARANTINED WITH THREE, A BOY AND TWO SMALL GIRLS.

  • I HAD-- I AM OLD, BUT I HAD CHILDREN VERY LATE IN LIFE.

  • SO, YES, I'VE BEEN LOCKED UP-- WELL, THE FIRST TIME FOR THREE

  • AND A HALF MONTHS WITH A FOUR-YEAR-OLD ASK A TWO-YEAR-OLD

  • GIRL.

  • BUT THE ANSWER-- IT'S BEEN ALL ABOUT BARBIES.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE GOT KIDS --

  • >> Stephen: I DO, I HAVE THREE, BUT THEY'RE PAST BARBIE.

  • >> IS ONE EVER PAST BARBIE?

  • BECAUSE I PLAYED WITH THEM, THE BARBIES.

  • AND TO START WITH YOU THINK I'M JUST BEING NICE, AND I REALIZED

  • EVEN AFTER MY GIRLS WENT TO BED, I WAS STILL PLAYING WITH THE

  • BARBIES.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT-- YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO A MALIBU DREAM

  • HOUSE AS MUCH AS THE NEXT PERSON.

  • >> I THINK I DO.

  • AND I ENJOYED MAKING THEM FALL IN LOVE.

  • THEY BECAME VERY FOND OF EACH OTHER, THESE TWO BARBIES.

  • >> Stephen: GO ON.

  • >> IN FACT, I THINK ONE OF THE THEM-- ONE OF THEM WAS BARBIE

  • AND ONE WAS ELSA, I THINK, FROM "FROZEN," AND THEY DEVELOPED AN

  • AFFAIR.

  • I PHOTOGRAPHED THEM KISSING EACH OTHER AND SENT THEM TO FRIEND.

  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN A REALLY LONG LOCKDOWN.

  • >> Stephen: NO WAY MY AUDIENCE IS TURNING AWAY RIGHT NOW.

  • THIS IS SUPER BOWL RATINGS.

  • HUGH GRANT DESCRIBING BARBIE PORN, THAT'S A HUGE BUMP.

  • >> WELL, YOU GET DESPERATE.

  • >> Stephen: WE HAVE TO MOVE ON FROM BARBIE PORN TO YOUR NEW

  • LIMITED SERIES ""THE UNDOING" WHERE-- BRACE YOURSELF-- YOU ARE

  • PLAYING A CHARMING ENGLISHMAN WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE A

  • SOCIOPATHIC MURDERER, AS WE SAW IN THE CLIP JUST AT TOP THERE.

  • I THINK HE IS.

  • AND I WANT TO SEE YOUR REACTION TO THAT.

  • YOU'RE THE MURDERER!

  • NOTHING.

  • SEE, THAT'S EXACTLY HOW A MURDERER WOULD LAUGH.

  • THAT'S A SOCIOPATHIC LAUGH.

  • ( LAUGHS ) >> YES.

  • WELL, OR NO.

  • WHO KNOWS?

  • >> Stephen: DID YOU-- DID YOU-- ARE YOU IT?

  • OBVIOUSLY, YOU CAN'T TELL ME TRUTH, BUT I WANT TO ASK ANYWAY

  • FOR THE AUDIENCE'S SAKE.

  • DID YOU DO IT?

  • DID YOUR CHARACTER DO IT?

  • >> WELL...

  • >> Stephen: SIMPLE QUESTION, SENATOR.

  • >> WHERE ARE WE NOW?

  • THIS GOES OUT THIS WEEK.

  • WE HAVE WATCHED THREE EPISODES.

  • OF COURSE HE HASN'T DONE IT.

  • HE'S NOT A PERFECT MAN.

  • HE HAD AN AFFAIR.

  • HE LET NICOLE KIDMAN DOWN BADLY.

  • HE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH THIS HOT MOMMA FROM SCHOOL, HE HASN'T

  • BEHAVED WELL.

  • DO YOU HAVE GOGGLE BOX IN AMERICA.

  • >> Stephen: GOGGLE BOX?

  • DO WE HAVE THAT HERE?

  • NO.

  • WHAT'S GOGGLE BOX?

  • >> WE HAVE A SHOW WHERE PEOPLE WATCH-- THEY'RE FILMED WATCHING

  • TV SHOWS, AND IT'S VERY FUNNY, REAL PURE.

  • >> Stephen: REACTION VIDEOS.

  • I LIKE THOSE.

  • >> YEAH, AND I'VE BEEN WATCHING THEM WATCH OUR SHOW.

  • AND I'VE PARTICULARLY ENJOYED THEIR REACTION TO ME HAVING SEX

  • WITH THIS HOT 'NOTHER, AND THEN GOING HOME AND SEX SEX WITH MY

  • WIFE, NICOLE.

  • "OH, LOOK AT THAT, HE'S A DIRTY DOGGY.

  • DOUBLE DIPPED.

  • ( LAUGHING ) >> Stephen: I'M GONNA LEAVE

  • THAT ONE RIGHT THERE!

  • I'M GONNA LEAVE THAT ONE RIGHT THERE, MISTER!

  • >> OKAY.

  • >> Stephen: OKAY, SO, DO YOU WATCH YOURSELF, BY THE WAY?

  • I JUST SAW YOU-- WERE YOU WATCHING YOU IN IN THAT CLIP?

  • DO YOU EVER WATCH YOURSELF PERFORM?

  • >> YEAH, I WATCH IT, YEAH.

  • I'M QUITE INTERFERING.

  • I LIKE TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE NOTES DURING THE EDIT AND BULLY THE

  • DIRECTOR.

  • >> Stephen: OH, THEY LOVE THOSE ACTORS.

  • I KNOW-- I KNOW THERE'S NOTHING A DIRECTOR LIKES BETTER.

  • >> THEY LOVE ME.

  • >> Stephen: AN ACTOR GOING, "YOU KNOW HOW I WOULD EDIT

  • THIS."

  • >> "JUST A BIT MORE ME."

  • >> Stephen: I ALWAYS SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT THE SHOW NEEDS?

  • A LITTLE MORE STEPHEN COLBERT.

  • >> EXACTLY.

  • >> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE-- AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND

  • THIS TERM AT ALL-- A RELUCTANT ACTOR.

  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

  • IS IT HARD TO CONVINCE YOU TO DO ROLES?

  • MOST ACTORS ARE OUT OF WORK, HUGH?

  • >> YEAH, SO I SOUND SPOILED.

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> IT'S ONLY FEAR.

  • I DEVELOPED A FEAR, A SORT OF STAGE FRIGHT ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO

  • OUT OF NOWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF FILMING "NOTTING HILL," IN FACT.

  • I SUDDENLY JUST STARTED SPHITZING, AND COULDN'T REMEMBER

  • MY LINES AND I LIVE IN FEAR OF FEAR.

  • BUT I'M BETTER NOW.

  • >> Stephen: NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF, HUGH.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THAT.

  • >> YES, THAT'S RIGHT.

  • THANK YOU, YOU'RE FULL OF PEARLS.

  • ( LAUGHTER ).

  • >> Stephen: I'VE BEEN CALLED FULL OF OTHER THINGS, SO PERLZ

  • I'LL TAKE.

  • ALWAYS DELIGHTFUL.

  • I KNOW YOU DON'T DO A LOT OF THIS STUFF OVER IN THE UNITED

  • STATES.

  • REALLY GRATEFUL THAT YOU STOPPED BY.

  • THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> NO, NO, WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

  • >> Stephen: "THE UNDOING" AIRS SUNDAYS ON HBO AND STREAMS ON

  • HBO MAX.

  • IT'S HUGH GRANT, EVERYBODY.

  • WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING MUSICIAN STURGILL

  • SIMPSON.