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  • -My next guest is a very funny actor and talented director.

  • His latest movie, "Superintelligence,"

  • is streaming on HBO Max Thanksgiving Day.

  • Here is Ben Falcone!

  • Yeah!

  • Thank you, buddy. -Hey!

  • -Thank you for being here. -Good to see you. How you doing?

  • -I'm doing great. Thank you for asking.

  • I know you're in Australia, so thank you for being here.

  • What day is it there?

  • -November 24th. I'm 16 hours ahead of you,

  • so I'm in your future.

  • You're going to get a great night's sleep.

  • I know everything that has happened to you.

  • -See, that's why I wanted to Zoom with you.

  • Just tell me what's going to happen to me tonight. Thank you.

  • You're one day ahead of me. -It's all good news.

  • -Thank you.

  • This is your first time on the show,

  • but we met each other years ago at the Groundlings.

  • -That is right.

  • Do you remember the workout workshop, which is like --

  • they would have a bunch of people

  • from all different levels. So it was sort of scary,

  • because I was at a pretty lower, you know, level of the school.

  • I think you were a little bit farther along than me.

  • And we actually did a scene together.

  • And I was just sweaty and nervous, you know.

  • And you played a -- You seemed very comfortable,

  • and you played an incredibly weird bass player.

  • And the scene actually went really well,

  • and I just kind of, like, let you just be this weird guy.

  • -Wow. -And then it was kind of

  • a light bulb for me, because I was like,

  • if Jimmy can be that weird, maybe so can I.

  • -I remember those classes. I was so trying to get --

  • I was in the comedy zone then. I was trying to get better.

  • I did the Groundlings, and I did workout Wednesdays,

  • and I would go to the Improv and do stand-up over there.

  • So that was just in that scene.

  • But I was also playing a lot of basketball.

  • -That's right, and we played basketball together.

  • Do you remember? -This is --

  • I remember this now.

  • There's a court in Brentwood. That one?

  • -Yes. I was just off a shift.

  • I was working at the CPK in Brentwood,

  • and I randomly went to go play basketball between two shifts,

  • just to shoot around, and you were there.

  • And you were always really friendly to me all the time,

  • even though we were sort of just acquaintances,

  • whenever I would see you at Groundlings.

  • And we were playing basketball, and you're like,

  • "Hey, let's play," and we played a little bit,

  • just Horse or something.

  • But then I said, "Hey, man, how's everything?"

  • And you just got really weird and mysterious,

  • and you go, "I got some good news."

  • And I'm like, "Well, what is it?"

  • And you're like, "I can't really talk about it."

  • -Oh, my God. -And I find out later,

  • somebody's like, "Hey, did you hear he got 'SNL'?"

  • And I was like, "That's why he was being so mysterious.

  • That was his thing."

  • And I went and sold more Thai chicken pizzas at CPK.

  • -[ Laughs ]

  • Dude, CPK's great though!

  • I think it was the first time I had barbecue sauce on a pizza.

  • -There you go.

  • -Look at us now. Look at us now, Zooming.

  • -Look at us Zooming from across the universe.

  • -Yeah, we're all over the world now,

  • really, really using our lives to the fullest capacity.

  • Before we talk about "Superintelligence,"

  • I heard that you've been going through

  • different music phases during quarantine.

  • I just figured maybe, can you walk me through

  • your different phases to know where we are?

  • -Yeah, sure. Uh, I started

  • in a very, very heavy Bill Withers phase.

  • -Ooh. -You know Bill Withers.

  • -Yeah, "Use Me." -Yeah, and so it was

  • as I was folding laundry,

  • because, you know, you start the pandemic,

  • and you're like, "Oh, you know what we got a lot of,

  • is laundry." Because my youngest child

  • changes clothes at least four times, five times a day.

  • -[ Laughs ] -Absolutely.

  • So I was listening to a lot of Bill Withers.

  • Then I got into a really deep, deep Harry Styles zone.

  • -Oh, yeah. -So much so that Melissa said --

  • Yeah, yeah, she thinks I have a crush on Harry Styles.

  • And I'm like, "Maybe,

  • but I definitely have a crush on his music."

  • -Which one, with the "Watermelon Sugar"?

  • -Sure. The new album --

  • -The new album is fantastic. I totally agree.

  • And I jumped into the same thing, too.

  • Head first. -Yeah, you got to go --

  • And you go head-first into that Styles pool.

  • You know what I mean?

  • -You can't go feet-first or cannonball in there.

  • -No. -No. You got to go --

  • -Get in smooth with your eyes wide open

  • so you can see all the beauty.

  • -You can yell, "Jacknife," if you want to,

  • but no one's going to get the reference.

  • They just want you to get in there

  • and start swimming in the Harry Styles world.

  • I understand.

  • -Yeah. Yeah. And now I --

  • Somebody sent me -- You know, I don't do a ton of social media,

  • but this was a really good example of it.

  • So somebody sent me this group

  • called Infinity's Song on Instagram.

  • They're like a sibling band. And they do these covers,

  • and they have their own music, and they're really good.

  • So lately, I've been in the Infinity's Song zone.

  • -Uh, I want to talk about "Superintelligence."

  • You act in it, you directed it,

  • and it stars your wife, Melissa McCarthy. Uber funny.

  • Where did the idea come from?

  • -Well, my friend Steve Mallory

  • and a screenwriter pitched it to me,

  • and I thought it was so interesting

  • because it's such a -- It's a high concept love story

  • about what would happen

  • if an artificial intelligence came to life

  • and, you know, wanted to study somebody,

  • and then from -- Like, if they were studying you,

  • what you do for the next three days

  • determines the fate of the world,

  • if it's going to destroy the world or save the world

  • or help us or whatever.

  • And I thought it was a super interesting idea.

  • So once he finished it, I showed it to Melissa,

  • and we went and pitched it together

  • at a place in Toluca Lake, California,

  • a little breakfast spot.

  • And what was interesting about that

  • was that Melissa started crying as she talked about the ending,

  • where, you know, humanity -- what we do.

  • And so a lot of people I think were like,

  • "Hey, Melissa McCarthy's crying over there

  • with all those people."

  • -So everyone's turning around like, "What is going on?

  • You're not supposed to cry. You're the comedy."

  • -Yeah, and I was like, "It wasn't me! It wasn't me!"

  • And all the studio executives were like, "I promise."

  • -[ Laughs ] I want to talk about this,

  • 'cause I think this is a really cool idea.

  • You and Melissa started this 20 Days of Kindness campaign

  • to go along with the movie.

  • Uh, tell me more about this, and what inspired you to do it?

  • And I'm thankful that you did it.

  • -Oh, well, thanks.

  • It's -- You know, this movie is all about,

  • you know, that people are worth saving.

  • And it's been -- Obviously, 2020's been a really tough year

  • for so many people on so many levels.

  • And Melissa sort of came up with the idea of, like,

  • well, why don't we tie our movie campaign --

  • Instead of just going and saying, "Hey, watch our movie,"

  • why don't we try to do something positive

  • just, like, in the spirit of the movie?

  • So for 20 days, we're --

  • The "Superintelligence" family, as we call it,

  • they're donating $20,000 a day to a different charity.

  • And actually, they came through --

  • AT&T came through at the very beginning

  • and gave a million dollars to Girls Who Code,

  • so this movie campaign is actually,

  • you know, kind of churning up a lot of money for charity, yeah.

  • So it's great. -That's amazing.

  • What organization are you highlighting today?

  • -National Coalition for the Homeless,

  • which is a great group of people

  • who are basically trying to prevent and end homelessness

  • at the same time as helping the people

  • who are currently homeless.

  • So obviously a great organization.

  • We couldn't be more happy to help them out.

  • -Thank you so much for doing that, buddy.

  • I think it's so cool.

  • For more information on the campaign,

  • go to 20daysofkindness.com

  • and see wherever you can help out.

  • And every little bit works.

  • I want to show a clip of the movie.

  • Here is Ben Falcone in "Superintelligence."

  • Take a look.

  • -Target Alpha has returned.

  • Acquisition time 22:44.

  • -Surveillance hand-off established.

  • Team One has eyes and will maintain.

  • [ Doorbell rings ]

  • ♪♪

  • -Hi. I don't think that my car really wants --

  • ♪♪

  • -That escalated quickly.

  • -That is passion.

  • -I have never had a moment like that.

  • -Not in my life.

  • -Yep. -My, oh, my.

  • -Struggling with the shirt a little.

  • -Always want to undo the cuffs of the sleeve first.

  • -Yeah.

  • Hey, mix in a bedroom. -[ Chuckles ]

  • -You know what I mean? -Yeah, I do.

  • -Yeah. I'm a passionless guy.

  • -Yeah. -That's what my wife says.

  • -Ben Falcone! "Superintelligence" is streaming

  • on HBO Max on Thanksgiving Day.

-My next guest is a very funny actor and talented director.

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