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  • ♪ ♪ ♪ >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY,

  • WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • MY FIRST GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTOR YOU

  • KNOW FROM "DAZED AND CONFUSED," "MAGIC MIKE," AND "DALLAS BUYERS

  • CLUB."

  • PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO A LATE SHOW, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY!

  • >> HOW WE DOING, MR. COLBERT!

  • >> Stephen: WE'RE DOING ALL RIGHT.

  • IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU, MATTHEW.

  • YOU'RE ALWAYS A GREAT GUEST.

  • YOU KNOW I LIKE YOU.

  • >> I LIKE YOU, TOO.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR IT.

  • I'LL TELL YOU ONE THING, THOUGH, IT'S KIND OF BAD TO SEE YOU AT

  • THE SAME TIME, BECAUSE THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I'VE SPOKEN TO

  • YOU IN QUARANTINE, AND THAT JUST DRIVES HOME, THAT DRIVES HOME

  • HOW LONG WE'VE BEEN IN QUARANTINE AT THIS POINT.

  • >> OR MAYBE HOW MUCH YOU LIKE ME.

  • MAYBE IT'S HOW MUCH WE LIKE EACH OTHER, YOU KNOW,.

  • >> Stephen: I'M NOT SAYING-- I'M NOT TAKING ANYTHING AWAY

  • FROM THE OBVIOUS AFEKS WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER, I'M JUST SAYING,

  • COME ON, MAN.

  • THIS IS A LONG TIME.

  • >> IT'S TIME.

  • >> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT TAKES THE STING OUT OF IT,

  • MATTHEW?

  • >> WHAT'S THAT?

  • >> Stephen: THIS WILD TURKEY YOU SENT ME.

  • AND I'M NOT BRINGING IT UP JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE MY GUEST.

  • I WANT TO TELL THE OTHER GUESTS BE MORE LIKE MATTHEW

  • McCONAUGHEY.

  • NOT ONLY DID YOU SEND ME THIS, YOU SENT ME A WHOLE DAMN GIFT

  • BASKET TO GO WITH IT.

  • THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT, TOM HANKS, OKAY.

  • ( LAUGHTER ) STEP UP!

  • ALL RIGHT?

  • >> REMEMBER, HE LIKES HIS WILD TURKEY.

  • IT WILL NOT GOOD BAD.

  • HE WILL USE IT.

  • >> Stephen: I WILL, ALL RIGHT.

  • LISTEN, WHAT IS-- YOU HAVE SOMETHING I DO WANT TO TALK

  • ABOUT.

  • WILD TURKEYS WITH-- WITH-- >> WITH THANKS.

  • >> Stephen: "WITH THANKS" INITIATIVE.

  • TEAL MAY WHAT THAT IS WHILE I POUR MYSELF A GLASS OF THIS.

  • >> ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO I HAVE BEEN CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF WILD

  • TURKEY AND ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO WE SAID LET'S QUIT MAKING BIG

  • ADVERTISEMENTS, LET'S DO SOMETHING GOOD, SHINE SOME LIGHT

  • ON PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING GOOD OR HELP PEOPLE OUT.

  • WE HAD A TURKEY GIVE-AWAY IN LAUENCEBURG, AND WE WENT TO THE

  • FIRST RESPONDERS AFTER THE HURRICANE IN HOUSTON.

  • WE WENT TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND FIREMEN AND WOMEN IN L.A.

  • AFTER THE FIRES.

  • AND THIS YEAR, WITH COVID, WE SAID LET'S FIND FOUR AMERICANS

  • THAT ARE DOING SOMETHING REALLY GOOD FOR THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES,

  • ALL RIGHT.

  • SO WE FOUND SOMEBODY IN AUSTIN, NEW ORLEANS, CHICAGO, AND

  • DALLAS, THAT ARE GIVING COVID TESTS TO THEIR COMMUNITY THAT

  • CAN'T GIVE THEM-- GET THEM.

  • ANOTHER LADY IS GIVING NECESSITIES LIKE DIAPERS AND

  • BACKPACKS AND PANTS TO KIDS THAT CAN'T GET THEM AT THIS TIME.

  • ANOTHER GUY IN NEW ORLEANS CREATED 250,000 JOBS FOR

  • MUSICIANS AND HOSPITALITY WORKERS OUT OF WORK SINCE COVID.

  • WE'RE SHINING A LIGHT ON THEM, TELL THEIR STORY.

  • HOPEFULLY THAT MAKES OTHER PEOPLE IN AMERICA GO, "HEY, I

  • KNOW SOMEBODY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD DOING WELL.

  • I'M GOING TO SHINE A LIGHT ON THEM.

  • OR HEY, MAYBE I'LL BECOME ONE MYSELF."

  • THAT'S THE "THANKS INITIATIVE."

  • THIS IS A LONG-RUNNING PRODUCT AS WELL-- I MEAN, A WILD TURKEY

  • PRODUCT AS WELL.

  • I'M GOING TO JOIN YOU HERE, SIR.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, YOU CELEBRATED A BIRTHDAY.

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY BIRTHDAY TRADITIONS, ANYTHING-- ANYTHING

  • THAT'S SPECIAL YOU LIKE TO DO EVERY YEAR?

  • >> AH, NO, IT'S USUALLY WITH THE FAMILY.

  • YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID, FOUR YEARS AGO, WE DECIDED THE

  • BIRTHDAY WOULD BE I HEAD OUT AND GO ON THAT TURKEY DROP IN

  • LAWRENCEBERG.

  • THIS YEAR -- >> Stephen: I'M SORRY, WHAT'S

  • A TURKEY DROP?

  • WHAT'S A TURKEY DROP?

  • >> DELIVER 1,000 TURKEYS TO PEOPLE'S DOORS, MOST OF THOSE

  • PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT BE ABE TO GET A TURKEY ON THANKSGIVING.

  • >> Stephen: I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU AREN'T ACTUALLY

  • LITERALLY DROPPING TURKEYS OUT OF SOMETHING.

  • >> DROPPING TURKEYS OFF.

  • >> Stephen: BECAUSE DOMESTIC TURKEYS ARE FLIGHTLESS AND THEY

  • WOULD JUST HIT THE GROUND LIKE A-- LIKE A FLIGHTLESS TURKEY.

  • >> LIKE A FLIGHTLESS TURKEY.

  • LIKE A PENGUIN.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT YOU?

  • WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOURSELF?

  • BIRTHDAY MORNING IS IT ALL ABOUT MATTHEW, ALL DAY LONG?

  • >> WELL, TO SOME EXTENT.

  • LIKE THE LAST BIRTHDAY-- I JUST TURNED 51.

  • I HAD AN HOUR WITH MYSELF, HAD A LITTLE INVENTORY --

  • >> Stephen: DON'T GLOSS OVER THAT.

  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN "AN HOUR WITH YOURSELF."

  • >> A LITTLE REFLECTION TIME.

  • HOW WAS 50?

  • >> Stephen: IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR?

  • >> OH, 100%, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR, YOU KNOW.

  • NO, I WAS ACTUALLY OUTSIDE, CAUGHT A SUNRISE.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S NICE.

  • >> I DON'T CATCH MANY OF THOSE.

  • >> Stephen: ARE YOU A MORNING MAN?

  • >> NO, I'M A SUNSET DUDE.

  • >> Stephen: YOU'RE A SUNSET DUDE.

  • OKAY.

  • >> ARE YOU A MORNING MAN?

  • >> Stephen: UH, NO.

  • NO.

  • I'M A-- >> ME EITHER.

  • >> I'M A MOON-RISE MAN.

  • >> MOON RISE?

  • IF YOU CAN PARLAY THAT SITUATION GET A SUNSET AND MOON-RISE

  • HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME.

  • >> Stephen: OH, SURE, THE SETTING SUN AND RISING MOON

  • MOVING IN PERFECT OPPOSITION AND CONCORDANCE.

  • >> THAT'S-- THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL DANCE.

  • >> Stephen: YEAH.

  • >> SO, YEAH, I HAD AN HOUR WITH MYSELF WITH THE SUNRISE ON MY

  • BIRTHDAY.

  • I WENT BACK IN, SNUGGLED UP WITH MY WIFE FOR A FEW HOURS, AND WE

  • DID NOT COME OUT AND GREET THE DAY, THE REST OF THE FAMILY,

  • UNTIL IT WAS LURCH TIME.

  • GRABBED THE KIDDOS, WENT OUTSIDE, TURNED UP THE MUSH, HAD

  • AN OUTDOOR LUNCH AND TURNED INTO AN OUTDOOR DINNER AND WE WATCHED

  • "SURVIVOR," A SHOW WE WERE CATCHING UP ON.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S A CBS PRODUCT, ISN'T IT?

  • THERE YOU GO!

  • YOU PUSH THE I'LL PUSH THE WILD TURKEY, YOU PUSH THE CBS PRIME

  • TIME.

  • IT'S A DEAL!

  • I HOPE YOU CHECK IT OUT SOME DAY.

  • I HAVE HEARD REALLY GOOD THINGS.

  • YOU SEEM LIKE A MAN SWHO A FONT OF WISDOM.

  • >> AND NEED YOU, IF YOU DON'T MIND, TO GIVE SOME OF OUR

  • VIEWERS SOME MATTHEW McCONA-HELP.

  • FOR PEOPLE CELEBRATING FAMILY APART FROM FAMILY THIS YEAR.

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR THEM?

  • IT'S THE SOUND THING TO DO.

  • >> YEAH, LET'S SEE WHAT THE SOUND THING TO DO THIS

  • THANKSGIVING TURKEY DAY.

  • I WILL SAY THIS-- IT IS A GOOD TIME TO THINK ABOUT OH, LET'S

  • SURVIVE, LET'S NOT THRIVE.

  • I KNOW YOU WANT TO GET TOGETHER WITH YOUR-- WITH ALL YOUR

  • FAMILY, COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, BUT THIS YEAR MIGHT BE

  • A GOOD YEAR TO HOLD OFF ON THAT.

  • AND IF DO YOU THAT, THAT WILL BE-- THAT WILL BE BETTER THAN

  • THE TURKEY WAS EVER GOING TO TASTE.

  • >> Stephen: AND HOW SWEET WILL NEXT THANKSGIVING BE?

  • >> IT WILL BE SO SWEET.

  • >> Stephen: THERE WILL BE A GREAT-- GREAT RUBBING OF PARTS.

  • >> TWO YEARS' WORTH.

  • DOUBLE UP NEXT YEAR.

  • >> Stephen: YOU CAN DOUBLE UP ON THE PIE.

  • LET'S TALK GRATITUDE.

  • WHAT ARE YOU GIVING THANKS FOR THIS YEAR, BIG OR SMALL?

  • LIKE, WHAT'S A SMALL THING YOU'RE GIVING THANKS FOR.

  • >> SMALL THING.

  • >> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR.

  • >> THERE'S ONE RIGHT THERE.

  • AND I DO LOVE A REALLY NEW SHARP PAIR OF THESE.

  • ( WHISTLES ).

  • >> Stephen: YOU LITERALLY LOOKED DOWN AND YOU HAD NAIL

  • CLIPPERS IN FRONT OF YOU?

  • >> GIVE ME A CUP OF WILD TURKEY LONG BRANCH WITH ONE ROCK IN IT,

  • A GOOD HEADLAMP WITH A PRESH BATTERY AND A FRESH PAIR OF

  • CLIPPERS AND I'LL GO HAVE A 30-MINUTE SESSION WITH MY

  • FINGERS AND TOES.

  • IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE TIMES OF MY DAY.

  • I LOVE A GOOD SHARP CLIPPER, NAIL CLIPPER.

  • >> Stephen: I DID NOT-- I DID NOT EXPECT THAT TO BE THE

  • PLEASURE ZONE FOR MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY.

  • >> IT'S ONE OF THEM.

  • I HAVE THESE IN EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE.

  • THERE ARE 40 PAIR -- >> Stephen: REALLY?

  • DO YOU JUST CLIP AT RANDOM AND THEY JUST FLY AROUND THE ROOM AT

  • ALL TIMES?

  • ARE THERE DRIPS OF TO NAIL CLIPPINGS IN THE CORNER.

  • >> I HAVE MY ZONES, AND PROBABLY MY ZONES MAY TRESPASS ON THE

  • OTHER PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY'S ZONE A LITTLE BIT, AND THEY GO,

  • "THAT'S KIND OF RUDE."

  • "OKAY, OKAY, HEADING OUTSIDE.

  • HEADING OUTSIDE."

  • >> Stephen: YOU HAVE ADDED SOMETHING TO YOUR RESUME THIS

  • YEAR.

  • THE TIMES NUMBER-ONE BESTSELLER AUTHOR, YOUR MEMOIR,

  • "GREENLIGHTS," WENT TO NUMBER ONE.

  • WHAT, MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, DOES THAT MEAN?

  • WHAT'S "GREENLIGHTS"?

  • >> CHECK THIS OUT.

  • GREEN LIGHTS.

  • WE LOVE GREEN LIGHTS.

  • THEY SAY YES, CARRY ON, ONWARD, THATTA BOY, THAT A GIRL.

  • WE DON'T LIKE THE RED LIGHTS.

  • THEY MAKE THINGS HARD.

  • THE CRISES OR WHATEVER.

  • THE RED AND YELLOW EVENTUALLY TURN GREEN, OR REVEAL ASSETS IN

  • THE FUTURE, VIA LESSONS WE LEARN VIA THE YELLOW AND RED, AND THAT

  • MAKES THEM TURN GREEN.

  • AND THAT'S WHY I THINK LIFE IS ALL GREEN LIGHTS.

  • EVEN THE R REDS AND YELLOWS, THE CRISES WHEN WE'RE IN THEM.

  • >> Stephen: I'M GLAD TO HEAR YOU'RE NOT TRASH TALKING REDS

  • AND YELLOWS.

  • IF ALL LIGHTS WERE GREEN ALL THE TIME, PEOPLE WOULD BE SLAMMING

  • INTO EACH OTHER.

  • >> YOU WOULD GO FULL SPEED AND YOU WOULD BE DIZZY.

  • YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE THE REDS AND YELLOWS.

  • >> Stephen: YOU INCLUDE A LOT OF WISDOMS AND BUMPER STICKER

  • SLOGANS IN HERE.

  • WHY DO YOU LOVE BUTCHER STICKER SLOGANS SO MUCH?

  • >> YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THE-- BUMPER STICKERS ARE SORT OF ONE

  • OF THE BASTIONS OF REAL ACCEPTABLE FREE SPEECH.

  • YOU GOTTA SAY-- BECAUSE THEY'RE A BUMPER STICKER, NOBODY TAKES

  • THEM THAT SERIOUSLY.

  • WHEN YOU SEE A BUMPER STICKER, YOU KNOW WHO SOMEBODY VOTED FOR.

  • YOU KNOW IF THEY HAVE A FAMILY.

  • YOU KNOW WHAT THEIR DENOMINATION IS.

  • YOU KNOW IF THEY'RE A GUN CARRIER OR NOT.

  • YOU CAN FIND OUT SO MUCH BY A BUMPER STICKER.

  • AND WHAT I ALWAYS FIND FUN IS PULL UP ON A CAR, SEE A BUMPER

  • STICKER AND IMMEDIATELY GET AN IMAGE OF WHO IS BEHIND THE WHEEL

  • AND PULL UP NEXT TO THAT CAR AND SEE IF THE PERSON DRIVING FITS

  • THE IMAGE YOU HAD VIA THE BUMPER STICKER.

  • OR VICE VERSA, YOU SEE SOMEBODY BEHIND YOU, THEY PULL BY AND SEE

  • A BUMPER STICKER AND MAY BE EXACTLY WHAT YOU THOUGHT AND

  • MAYBE SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

  • >> Stephen: MAYBE HOW ABOUT THIS: I THINK YOU CAN LEARN

  • THINGS FROM PEOPLE'S BUMPER STICKERS.

  • INSTEAD OF AN APP LIKE TINDER, YOU TAKE A PHOTO OF A BUMPER

  • STICKER AND PEOPLE JUDGE WHETHER THEY WANT TO MEET YOU BASED ON

  • THAT.

  • >> HEY, TALKING SUNSETS AND SUNRISES NOW, AREN'T WE?

  • THAT WOULD WORK.

  • >> Stephen: IS IT TRUE-- I HEARD YOU SAY THAT YOU MIGHT

  • CONSIDER RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR IN TEXAS?

  • MR. McCONAUGHEY, WILL YOU RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF TEXAS?

  • IT'S A SIMPLE ANSWER: YES OR HELL YES.

  • WHICH ONE IS IT?

  • >> I HAVE NO PLANS TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

  • AS I SAID, THAT WOULD BE UP TO --

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S SUCH A POLITICAL ANSWER!

  • THAT'S THE POLITICAL ANSWER: I HAVE NO PLANS AT THIS POINT.

  • OBVIOUSLY I HAVE TO DISCUSS IT WITH MY FAMILY AND MY SPIRITUAL

  • ADVISER.

  • >> WELL, THAT WOULD BE TRUE AS WELL.

  • CHECK THIS OUT.

  • LOOK, RIGHT NOW, NO.

  • I DON'T GET POLITICS.

  • POLITICS SEEMS TO BE A BROKEN BUSINESS.

  • POLITICS NEEDS TO REDEFINE ITS PURPOSE.

  • SO AS I MOVE FORWARD IN LIFE, AND, YES, AM I GOING TO CONSIDER

  • LEADERSHIP ROLES WHERE I CAN BE MOST USEFUL?

  • I WOULD LOVE THAT.

  • I'M DOING THAT REGARDLESS.