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  • >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

  • MY GUESTS TONIGHT ARE TWO BELOVED ACTORS.

  • ONE YOU KNOW FROM "LOVE ACTUALLY" AND HIS ACADEMY

  • AWARD-WINNING ROLE IN "THE KING'S SPEECH."

  • THE OTHER YOU KNOW FROM "THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA," "BIG NIGHT,"

  • AND "THE HUNGER GAMES."

  • THEY NOW STAR TOGETHER IN THE NEW FILM "SUPERNOVA."

  • >> CAN I ASK YOU, DID YOU WANT ONE?

  • AN AUTOGRAPH?

  • FROM HIM?

  • BECAUSE I SAW YOU LOOKING, AND I WASN'T SURE IF YOU WANTED ONE.

  • >> NO, IT'S ALL RIGHT.

  • >> HE'S VERY SHY.

  • DO YOU HAVE A PEN WITH YOU?

  • ALL RIGHT.

  • BUT IF YOU WANT ONE, HE'LL SIGN ONE FOR YOU.

  • SHE'S SHY, BUT HE WILL.

  • EITHER ON THE NAPKIN, OR IF YOU HAVE ONE OF HIS PIANO ALBUMS.

  • >> THANKS.

  • >> OKAY, ALL RIGHT.

  • THANK YOU.

  • IT'S VERY NICE OF YOU.

  • THANK YOU.

  • HOW DID YOU COME TO BE THIS PERSON?

  • >> I DON'T KNOW.

  • I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY I DO IT BECAUSE IT REALLY ISN'T EVEN

  • SATISFYING ANYMORE HALF THE TIME, ANYWAY.

  • >> SO WHY DO YOU DO IT?

  • >> BECAUSE OF THE OTHER HALF.

  • ( LAUGHS ) >> Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME TO "A

  • LATE SHOW," COLIN FIRTH AND STANLEY TUCCI.

  • GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S WONDERFUL THAT YOU COULD TAKE THE TIME TO

  • JOIN US FROM WHAT APPEARS TO BE SOME SORT OF ALLEGORICAL PLAY

  • ABOUT GOOD AND EVIL, EITHER THAT OR YOU'RE PLAYING-- YOU'RE

  • PLAYING-- YOU'RE PLYING "SPY VERSUS SPY" FROM "MAD MAGAZINE"

  • FROM MY CHILDHOOD.

  • >> THAT'S A NEGATIVE.

  • >> I'M SO SORRY.

  • WE'RE NOT VERY IMAGINATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO BACKGROUNDS.

  • >> THIS IS OUR RELATIONSHIP ( LAUGHS ).

  • >> Stephen: YIN, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.

  • YANG, I'LL GET TO YOU LATER.

  • YOU TWO OF YOU PLAY A COUPLE IN THE FILM "SUPERNOVA," BUT I

  • UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 20 YEARS.

  • >> YUP.

  • >> Stephen: FIRST OF ALL, YOU GUYS LOOK LIKE A FUN FRIENDSHIP.

  • WHAT'S YOUR MEET CUTE?

  • HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER?

  • >> WE WERE DOING A MOVIE ABOUT NAZIS --

  • >> Stephen: I'M SORRY, SOMETHING ABOUT NAZIS.

  • YOU MET THROUGH NAZIS.

  • I DIDN'T CATCH SOME OF THAT.

  • WE HAD A BREAK-UP.

  • >> I REALLY DO NEED TO CLARIFY.

  • A FILM ABOUT NAZIS.

  • >> Stephen: THERE YOU GO.

  • THAT'S MUCH BETTER.

  • YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THESE DAYS.

  • >> WE DO.

  • AND THIS WAS-- YEAH, WE WERE DOING A FILM ABOUT NAZIS, AND

  • IT'S-- IT'S NOT THE MOST PROBABLY MEET CUTE, BUT,

  • STANLEY, THERE WAS A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE, AND I WAS VERY DRAWN

  • TO STANLEY, AND TO THIS DAY, HE'S THE NICEST NAZI I'VE MET.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S QUITE A COMPLIMENT.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> YEAH, YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S A LOW BAR.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, STANLEY, THE SCRIPT "SUPERNOVA," FOR THIS

  • FILM, CAME TO YOU FIRST, AND I UNDERSTAND YOU SORT OF

  • SURREPTITIOUSLY SLID IT OVER TO COLIN, SO TO SPEAK.

  • THAT IS NOT NORMALLY HOW THINGS GO.

  • WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET THIS INTO HIS HANDS AS QUICKLY AS

  • POSSIBLE?

  • >> WELL, IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SCRIPT.

  • YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T OFTEN GET A SCRIPT THAT'S WRITTEN AS SUBTLY

  • AS THIS, WITH SUCH RESTRAINT AND TRUTH.

  • AND WHEN HARRY GAVE IT TO ME, I THOUGHT-- ALL I COULD THINK OF

  • IS, WELL, THE OTHER ROLE IS PERFECT FOR COLIN.

  • AND I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING-- WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING

  • TOGETHER FOR A LONG TIME AGAIN.

  • SO I, YOU KNOW, MET WITH HARRY, AND THEN I SAID, "I THINK COLIN

  • WOULD BE GREAT FOR THIS."

  • AND THEN, UNBEKNOWNST TO HARRY, I SLIPPED IT-- I HAD SLIPPED IT

  • TO COLIN ALREADY.

  • AND COLIN HAD READ IT, AND HE SAID, "MY GOD.

  • IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL."

  • AND I SAID, I KNOW.

  • >> Stephen: COLIN, DID YOU HAVE TO ACT SURPRISED WHEN YOU

  • WERE CONTACTED BY THE PRODUCTION, LIKE, "OH, I'D LOVE

  • TO READ IT?" >> IT WAS A BIT LIKE THAT.

  • MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, THANK YOU, STANLEY, BUT AM I INVITED?

  • AND WE HAD TO JUMP THROUGH A FEW HOOPS.

  • MERCIFULLY, I THINK THE BRITISH ARE VERY POLITE, SO I THINK ONCE

  • STANLEY HIT KNOW-- PUT THEM IN AN AWKWARD POSITION, I FELT, YOU

  • KNOW, THEY JUST DIDN'T-- THEY WEREN'T IN A POSITION TO SAY NO

  • ANYMORE.

  • AND THEN-- >> NO, IT'S WEIRD, BECAUSE

  • YOU'RE NOT BANKABLE.

  • >> Stephen: THEY WERE STUCK WITH AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNER.

  • I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THEM.

  • >> YEAH, YEAH.

  • WELL, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GREAT INVERTED SNOBS, WHERE WE COME

  • FROM.

  • BUT, YOU KNOW, NOT TO LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH, THE

  • FIRST THING WE DID WAS THEN ASK IF WE COULD SWITCH ROLES.

  • >> Stephen: THIS IS MY FAVORITE PART OF THE STORY IS

  • THAT NOT ONLY DID YOU PUT THEM IN AN AWKWARD POSITION BY

  • SLIPPING HIM THE SCRIPT.

  • HOW-- HOW LONG BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY WERE SUPPOSED TO START

  • SHOOTING DID YOU DECIDE THAT YOU GUYS SHOULD SWITCH?

  • >> HOW LONG WAS IT?

  • >> I DON'T KNOW.

  • A FEW WEEKS.

  • >> IT WAS A WHILE.

  • WE DIDN'T-- WE DIDN'T THINK OF IT ON DAY ONE.

  • >> WE DID-- BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW.

  • AND THEN COLIN CAME TO ME ONE DAY, AND HE SAID, ", YOU KNOW, I

  • THINK WE SHOULD SWITCH ROLES."

  • AND I SAID, "WELL, ACTUALLY, I'VE BEEN THINKING THE SAME

  • THING."

  • AND WE WENT TO HARRY, POOR■ç HARRY--

  • >> Stephen: THE DIRECTOR.

  • >> THE DIRECTOR, SORRY, JUCH JUS BLANCHED AND THOUGHT, "GOD, WHY

  • DID I HIRE THESE TWO PEOPLE?" THEN HE SAID, LET'S READ SOME

  • SCENES," AND WE READ SOME SCENES, AND THEN IT WAS OBVIOUS

  • THAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE WAY IT ENDED UP.

  • >> Stephen: HAD YOU ALREADY BEEN MEASURED FOR WARDROBE OR

  • ANYTHING?

  • DID THEY HAVE TO LET OUT SOME PANTS.

  • >> NOT UNTIL THE NEXT SIX WEEKS.

  • >> WE ACTUALLY AUDITIONED, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HARRY WASN'T

  • SO WE VOLUNTEERED TO READ FOR THE OTHER ROLES.

  • , WHICH WAS AN ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING EXPERIENCE.

  • I HAD ALWAYS BEEN CONVINCED STANLEY WOULD BE BETTER FOR

  • TUSKER, THE ROLE HE EVENTUALLY PLAYED.

  • I WASN'T NECESSARILY CONVINCED I WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE ROLE I

  • ENDED UP PLAYING.

  • BUT WE TRIED IT OUT, AND SURE ENOUGH, STANLEY WON THE AUDITION

  • IN BOTH ROLES.

  • >> COMPLETELY.

  • >> Stephen: WHY DIDN'T YOU DO BOTH-- DID DIDN'T YOU DO BOTH,

  • STANLEY?

  • I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

  • >> THEY HAD ALREADY HIRED HIM, SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

  • ONE WOULD FEEL BADLY.

  • >> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE AWKWARD.

  • THAT WOULD BE AWKWARD.

  • NOW, IS THIS TRUE YOU SHOT THIS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT, WHICH IS

  • EXTRAORDINARILY BEAUTIFUL?

  • >> YES.

  • >> YEAH.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S NICE WORK.

  • THAT'S NICE WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT.

  • SO YOU'RE DEAR FRIENDS, YOU'RE SHOOTING TOGETHER ALL DAY.

  • AND THEN WOULD YOU THEN HANG OUT AT NIGHT WHEN YOU WERE FINISHED

  • SHOOTING?

  • WERE YOU ALWAYS TOGETHER?

  • >> BASICALLY, YES.

  • >> Stephen: AND YOU DON'T GET SICK OF EACH OTHER.

  • >> WE WERE IN THE DISTRICT LIVING IN-- WHAT DO THEY CALL

  • THEM, COLIN, THE HOLIDAY CAMPS?

  • >> I DON'T KNOW.

  • IT WAS A LODGE.

  • IT WAS A LOT OF BUNGALOWS.

  • A LOT OF HUTS TOGETHER.

  • AND WE WERE NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

  • AND -- >> Stephen: HUTS?

  • HUTS?

  • >> THEY WEREN'T MADE OF STRAW.

  • THEY WEREN'T MADE OF STRAW.

  • >> THEY WERE WOODEN.