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  • LET'S MEET OUR FIRST GUEST TONIGHT,

  • HE'S THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED STAR OF MOVIES LIKE SELMA,

  • NIGHTING GALE AND A UNITED KINGDOM, WELCOME THE CHARMING,

  • THE MAGNIFICENT DAVID OYELOWO.

  • HEY!

  • THERE HE IS.

  • >> THERE HE IS.

  • >> James: HOW ARE YOU, FRIEND.

  • >> I'M VERY WELL.

  • >> James: YOU LOOK SO WELL.

  • >> I AM WELL, I AM WELL.

  • >> James: YOU HAVE THIS WHOLE LOOK YOU HAVE GONE FOR.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • >> James: WHAT A TRIUMPH.

  • >> I KNOW I WAS SEEING YOU.

  • >> James: WELL, AND WHAT A WEEKEND.

  • WHAT A WEEKEND.

  • >> OH MY GOODNESS.

  • >> James: TO BE IN ITS STUDIO.

  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU HEARD THE NEWS, HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE.

  • >> WELL, I HAD HAD TWO NIGHTS BEFORE THE NEWS CAME WHERE I WAS

  • GETTING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO CHECK.

  • SO I DIDN'T SLEEP VERY WELL THOSE FIRST FEW NIGHTS AND I

  • CHECKED EARLY ON THE MORNING ON SATURDAY, STILL NO NEWS AND

  • WITHIN ABOUT 45 MINUTES I CHECKED AGAIN AND LOW AND

  • BEHOLD, THERE WE ARE.

  • >> James: IT WAS JUST SO SHALL.

  • >> RESULTS, AS THEY SAY.

  • >> James: ABSOLUTELY.

  • NOW YOU BECAME AN AMERICAN.

  • >> I DID.

  • >> James: AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, BACK IN 2016.

  • WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A CITIZEN?

  • >> WELL, I DID THIS FILM SELMA WHICH IS ALL ABOUT VOTING

  • RIGHTS.

  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  • (APPLAUSE) AND IT JUST FELT VERY

  • HYPOCRITICAL TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY, DO THAT IF I FILM AND

  • NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

  • SO MY WIFE UNDERSTOOD WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THAT DONE.

  • >> James: WHAT DO BRITISH PEOPLE SAY TO YOU WHEN YOU TELL

  • THEM THAT YOU ARE NOW AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.

  • >> WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

  • WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

  • ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

  • >> James: YEAH.

  • >> BUT IT'S INCREDIBLE, THE COMPLETE REVERSE WITH AMERICANS.

  • >> THAT IS SO AMAZING THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN, THIS, TO BE

  • AMERICAN IT IS JUST LIKE I CAN'T TELL YOU THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN

  • BRITS AND AMERICANS WHEN IT COMES TO THAT.

  • >> James: NOW YOU POSTED A VIDEO ON INSTAGRAM.

  • >> OH NO, WHICH ONE.

  • >> James: NOT ONLY MY IDENTIFIES, I THINK MANY

  • PEOPLE'S EYES I THINK THIS IS A VIDEO THAT MAY HAVE PUSHED BIDEN

  • OVER THE TOP.

  • LOOK AT THIS.

  • LOOK.

  • >> YES!

  • >> James: I MEAN DNS.

  • >> YOU'RE WELCOME, JOE, YOU'RE WELCOME.

  • >> James: CAN I BE HONEST, IF I LOOKED LUKE THAT I WOULD NEVER

  • WEAR A SHIRT.

  • I WOULD NEVER BE CLOTHED FROM THE WAIST UP.

  • I WOULD COME UP WITH SO MANY AH, I WAS JUST IN A TERRIBLE.

  • >> OH NO.

  • >> James: I WAS FUSHING AND THE LINE CAUGHT MY SHIRT.

  • AND I DIDN'T HAVE ONE AT HAND.

  • BUT I WILL BE HERE LIKE THIS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.

  • I MEAN YOU ARE IN SUCH INCREDIBLE SHAPE.

  • >> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

  • I WILL TAKE IT.

  • I TALK IT MUCH TO THE CHAGRIN OF MY KIDS BY THE WAY.

  • >> James: WHY.

  • NICE USE OF CHAGRIN, BY THE WAY.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • >> James: A LOVELY USAGE.

  • >> THANK YOU, YOU WOULD APPRECIATE IT I KNEW YOU WOULD.

  • >> James: IT IS NOT LOST ON ME.

  • >> NO-- .

  • >> James: WHY ARE THEY NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT?

  • >> WELL, AS MOST PARENTS KNOW, ALL OF OUR KIDS ARE DOING

  • HOMESCHOOLING, THEY ARE AT HOME DOING THESE ZOOM CLASSES AND MY

  • KIDS, HAVE I THREE SONS AND A DAUGHTER.

  • MEW ELDEST TWO PARTICULARLY ARE VERY INTO BAGS KET BALL,

  • FOOTBALL, TRACK, BUT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT

  • OVER THE LAST FEW MOPTS AND SO THEY ARE NOT IN THE SAME SORT OF

  • TEENAGE RIPPED SHAPE AS THEY USED TO BE.

  • AND THEIR DAD IS.

  • AND THEY'RE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT AT ALL.

  • >> James: BUT THE-- IS THIS FOR A PARTICULAR PROSWRECT?

  • >> YEAH, I IN-- .

  • >> James: THAT IS NOT EASY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

  • >> NO, NO, NO.

  • I AM GOING TO BE PLAYING-- SUGAR RAY ROBINSON THE BOXER IN A FULL

  • AM SOMETIME, SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.

  • SO I HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR THAT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS

  • ACTUALLY BECAUSE HE WAS A MASTER.

  • YOU CAN'T DO THAT OVERNIGHT.

  • BUT YEAH, I ALSO, THAT WAS BRITISH COLUMBIA, I WAS DOING A

  • FILM OUT THERE.

  • AND THAT GUY NEED TO BE IN SHAPE AS WELL.

  • SO I HAVE LOTS OF EXCUSES.

  • >> James: SO HOW IS YOUR BOXING.

  • >> IF IS PRETTY GOOD, I WON'T DEMONSTRATE ON YOU.

  • >> James: YOU CAN'T, BECAUSE OF COVID.

  • OTHERWISE-- OTHERWISE I WILL PUT YOU ON YOUR BACK, MAN.

  • (LAUGHTER).

  • >> James: NOW YOU RECENTLY CELEBRATED YOUR 22nd WEDDING

  • ANNIVERSARY WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT.

  • I HAVE MET YOUR WIFE.

  • SHE'S ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL.

  • HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?

  • >> WE MET AT THE NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATER.

  • >> James: REALLY.

  • >> YEAH, IN THE U.K. WHEN WE WERE 17 AND 18.

  • AND DOING THE THREE PENNY OPERA.

  • WE WET DURING A MUSICAL.

  • >> James: WOW, WAS IT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT?

  • >> FOR HER, YEAH, YEAH, OF COURSE.

  • >> James: I WALKED IN, PULLED THE SKIPPING ROPE OUT.

  • PUTTY IN MY HANDS.

  • >> NO, SHE IS GOING TO WATCH THIS, AND SAY YOU LIED ON

  • TELEVISION.

  • NO, ACTUALLY IF IT WAS SO FNEE, SHE WAS A MESS WHEN SHE WAS A

  • TEENAGER.

  • JUST SCRAG ELY HAIR, TERRIBLE POSTURE.

  • AND THEN SHE SANG, SHE HAS THE MOST AMAZING SINGING VOICE.

  • AND I REMEMBER SEEING HER SING FOR THE FIRST TIME, OH MY

  • GOONSD, I COULD HELP WITH THE POSTURE AND THE HAIR CAN BE

  • DEALT WITH BUT THAT VOICE.

  • AND SHE IS STUNNING, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL JRS THAT IS AN

  • INCREDIBLE AGE TO MEET.

  • BUT ALSO THE SUCCESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD, SO WHAT IS THE TRICK

  • TO THE 22 HAPPY YEARS.

  • >> OH GOSH, WE MADE THIS NAIVE PROMISE TO EACH OTHER.

  • AND I SAY NAIVE BECAUSE IT'S BEEN A TRICKY TO MAINTAIN IT.

  • BUT YOU KNOW, WE LOOKED AT OUR PROFESSION.

  • WITH HE WERE BOTH ACTORS, BOTH AS PUREEING ACTORS AND THOUGHT

  • WOW, THERE IS A LOT OF SNRORS THAT PROFESSION.

  • SO WHAT CAN WE DO.

  • IT SEEM JUST SEEMED PRACTICAL TO SPEND LESS TIME APART.

  • WE VOWED WE WOULD NEVER BE APART FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS EVER.

  • AND WE HAVE MANAGED ST FOR-- 2 FOR 22 YEARS NO MAT ARE WHERE WE

  • ARE IN THE WORLD, WE WILL FIND EACH OTHER.

  • I WAS DOING A FULL AM IN SOUTH AFRICA.

  • MY FAMILY WAS IN L.A WE MET IN NEW YORK ON THE

  • 13th DAY.

  • THERE WAS WIRCH TIME SHE WAS DOING ALICE IN WONDERLAND FOR

  • TIM BURTON AND THE SHOOTING DAY CHANGED AND WE MISSED IT.

  • IT WAS 14 DAYS AND 11 HOURS AND WE WERE SO KRAWSHED BECAUSE

  • THAT-- CRUSHED WE SAID THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

  • >> James: I THOUGHT WERE YOU GOING TO SAY 14 DAYS, 11 HOURS.

  • >> NO, WE BROKE THE PROMISE.

  • >> James: NOW WE HAVE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR

  • BRILLIANT NEW MOVIE COME AWAY.

  • FOR ANYONE WHO DOESN'T KNOW, TELL THEM WHAT IT IS ABOUT AND

  • WHO YOU PLAY.

  • >> IT IS BRILLIANT, YOU HAVE ALEX FROM ALICE IN WONDERLAND

  • AND MYSELF AND ANGELINA JOELIE PLAY THEIR PARENTS AND OUR

  • FAMILY SUFFERS A TRAGEDY.

  • AND YOU SEE HOW OUR KIDS COPE WITH THIS TRAGEDY THROUGH THEIR

  • IMAGINATION, YOU SEE THE ORIGIN STORY OF BOTH NEVERLAND AND

  • WONDERLAND AND THEY USE THAT TO HELP THEIR FAMILIES LEGAL.

  • >> James: YOU AND ANGELINA JOELIE WERE FRIENDS BEFORE THIS.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> James: HOW DOES THAT FRIENDSHIP HAPPEN?

  • HOW DID YOU PLEAT?

  • >> WE MET AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY, A VERY SWANKY BIRTHDAY PARTY.

  • WE JUST GOT TALKING ABOUT OUR KIDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF

  • RAISING KIDS ESPECIALLY IN HOLLYWOOD AND ENDED UP HAVING

  • THESE PLAY DATES, SHE HAS SIX, I HAVE FOUR.

  • THESE VERY RAUCOUS TEN STRONG, TEN CHILDREN STRONG PLAY DATES

  • AND THEN SHE ALSO SAID TO ME THAT NO ONE EVER OFFERS HER

  • INDEPENDENT FILMS AND NO ONE, SHE NEVER GETS TO PLAY A MOTHER

  • EVEN THOUGH SHE IS FAMOUSLY A MOTHER.

  • SO THE SCRIPT CAME THAT WAY AND I OFFERED HER A TWO FER.

  • AND WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF SENDING HER THE SCRIPT SHE SIGNED ON.

  • >> James: I DON'T KNOW IF I AM COOL OFF NO DO THAT WITH

  • ANGELINA JOELIE.

  • I DON'T NO KNOW IF I AM.

  • I MET HER ONCE.

  • >> WHAT HAPPENED.

  • >> James: SHE WAS REALLY LOVELY, OH, HELLO YOU AND I WENT

  • DSH DSH AND SHE WENT, ME AND MY KIDS LOVE WATCHING YOUR SHOW.

  • AND I WENT, I LIKE WATCHING YOUR SHOW.

  • >> AND HAVE YOU DONE YOUR BIT AND I WANT NO, HAVE YOU DONE

  • YOUR BIT.

  • AND THEN SHE REALIZED THAT I WAS JUST SAYING EVERYTHING SHE WAS

  • SAYING BACK TO HER.

  • AND SHE WENT WELL, IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU.

  • >> AND I WENT NICE TO MEET YOU.

  • >> AND THAT WHAT THAT.

  • >> AND I'M NOT IN A FILM WITH ANGELINA JOELIE.

  • >> THAT IS THE RESULT OF BEING THAT WAY.

  • >> I SHOULD HAVE VUS SAID YOU SHOULD PLAY MORE MUMS WITH NANCE

  • IS WHAT I DID.

  • AND HERE WE ARE.

  • >> James: THE FILM IS GREAT AND ARE YOU SO GREAT.

  • AND WE LOVE THAT YOU ARE HERE, WE LOVE IT EVERY TIME

LET'S MEET OUR FIRST GUEST TONIGHT,

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