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  • -My first guest is an Oscar-nominated actor

  • starring in a new film called "The Courier,"

  • which opens only in theaters March 19th.

  • Here is Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • That's what I'm talking about. Look at -- That's my --

  • Thank you so much for doing this.

  • Welcome back to "The Tonight Show."

  • It is so great to see you, I can't tell you.

  • I always love seeing our pals on the show here.

  • -Thanks, Jimmy. I feel the same.

  • It's surreal beyond words,

  • but at the same time, it's so nice to see you, as well,

  • and be part of this in the way that we have to be part of this

  • these days.

  • -What if I did this, and my hand came through your window

  • and grabbed your neck?

  • -I'd kiss your hand.

  • [ Both laugh ]

  • -We should have worked -- We should have planned that out.

  • We should have worked on that.

  • -Should have planned that out. I know.

  • It's the wrong way 'round, isn't it?

  • Are you on my right? Because I didn't know.

  • -Oh. -If I go [Grunts] like that,

  • you'd have to get -- Oh, no, that's not right.

  • [ Both laugh ]

  • -Oh, they -- Oh -- -Oh, now they swapped us 'round.

  • -Oh, forget it now. Forget it. -Okay, now I'm really confused.

  • -No, I have no idea. -'Cause, like, if you did --

  • Try now.

  • -This way?

  • -Yeah.

  • [ Grunting ]

  • Jimmy, stop it.

  • -Alright, okay, come on back.

  • It's finished.

  • -[ Sighs ]

  • Wow, that was weird. Surreal.

  • I thought you were gonna give me a massage.

  • You tried to kill me.

  • [ Both laugh ]

  • -Ah, I love that, buddy.

  • We just had Elizabeth Olsen on the show, and we had fun.

  • She was great, and we were talk--

  • There was all this Internet speculation

  • that you were gonna make a surprise appearance

  • as Doctor Strange in the final episode of "WandaVision."

  • I'm not gonna tell anyone at home

  • if that did or did not happen.

  • But if it did not happen,

  • was there a possibility that --

  • -If -- [ Laughs ]

  • -We're not even allowed to talk about anything anymore.

  • -No, no, this has already gotten weird.

  • Yeah, no, so, if it didn't happen --

  • Oh, God. How does this work? If it didn't happen --

  • -Had you heard about a rumor that you may be doing that?

  • -I can feel the Tom Holland in me coming out here.

  • -He's the champ!

  • -If -- If it didn't happen...

  • -Yes.

  • -...then I'm sorry about that.

  • If it did, hell, what a lot to look forward to.

  • But if it didn't...

  • -Here you are. -...I don't know why.

  • -You're still working with Elizabeth Olsen.

  • -Oh, she's amazing.

  • She's on our show, and it's very much, you know --

  • It's a very exciting next step for Wanda,

  • as I think she's already said on your show.

  • And...that's all I'm gonna say,

  • because, you know, now I'm at home.

  • -The walls have ears.

  • -There are microphones everywhere.

  • -The walls have ears. -I'm not safe here.

  • I'm more safe in your studio than I am here.

  • -[ Chuckling ] Yeah.

  • -You know? Seriously. They're everywhere.

  • -I want to talk about "The Courier,"

  • but I also want to talk about "The Mauritanian."

  • This is a movie that you produced, you were in,

  • but Jodie Foster won a Golden Globe,

  • and now you just got nominated for five BAFTAs.

  • Come on, now!

  • -Yeah, yeah.

  • -That's got to feel good, right? -We're over the moon.

  • It feels fantastic.

  • You know, this is an incredible story

  • about a human spirit that's indefatigable,

  • that triumphs over the most unimaginable adversity.

  • But also, it's someone who at his very heart,

  • Mohamedou Ould Slahi, he's someone who has the capacity

  • to love and empathize.

  • Where there should be fear and hate and distrust,

  • he builds empathy.

  • He's this incredible human being,

  • and we couldn't be happier that the film's had this reception.

  • And it'll hopefully get out further for his sake, as well.

  • -Yeah, well-deserved. The acting's crushing in that.

  • I want to talk about "The Courier."

  • This is a spy thriller. Now, that's my jam.

  • You get into the spy thriller stuff,

  • that's where I'm like, "Oh, yeah."

  • But this is -- It's based on a true story.

  • -Yeah, it is. -Can you tell everybody about it

  • and who it is that you play?

  • -Sure. Well, he's a very unlikely customer to be a spy.

  • He's a very ordinary man coasting towards --

  • Well, he's in middle age

  • coasting towards an early retirement.

  • He's quite a sort of happy-go-lucky, charming,

  • gift-of-the-gab salesman, basically.

  • And he's asked, because his business is going

  • into Eastern Europe, beyond the Iron Curtain --

  • And this is in the '60s, by the way,

  • just before the Cuban Missile Crisis --

  • He's asked to go into Russia and make contact with this guy.

  • He doesn't know who it is. He's kept in the dark,

  • but it turns out to be Colonel Oleg Penkovsky,

  • who is the highest ranking Soviet official --

  • during the Cuban Missile Crisis, so, a big dude.

  • And the big dude likes the littler dude and says,

  • "He's good. He's amateur. That's what I need."

  • Because basically, in that era, all the usual spies --

  • the diplomats, the sort of

  • more obvious creatures of that world --

  • were all being found out by the KGB

  • and other operatives in Russia.

  • And this guy, this small guy, turned out to be

  • this extraordinary operator and extraordinary man

  • who became very brave and very courageous

  • to the point that the friendship they struck up

  • meant that he went back to Moscow

  • to try and save his friend, got caught,

  • and I won't tell you any more, maybe, 'cause that would be --

  • -No, that sets it up.

  • -It's a true story.

  • I mean, not many people know about him.

  • My parents know about -- Greville Wynne is his name.

  • He was famous in the day

  • for when he was exchanged for Lonsdale,

  • a double agent found here.

  • But I don't think many people in my generation know the name,

  • despite the Cuban Missile Crisis and key players in that,

  • Khrushchev and Kennedy. -No, I totally didn't.

  • -But it's -- Yeah, it's an incredible true story.

  • -Amazing true story. I want to show a clip.

  • Here is Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Courier."

  • Take a look.

  • -Forgive me, I-I'm just a bit --

  • Sorry. James, I know you said

  • you had an office in Board of Trade.

  • But...

  • [ Quietly ] ...is it possible you actually work

  • at a different branch of Her Majesty's Government?

  • Oh, my.

  • This is unexpected.

  • But I-I'm sorry, I -- I don't understand why I'm --

  • I'm -- I'm just a salesman.

  • -Benedict Cumberbatch, everybody.

  • "The Courier" opens only in theaters March 19th.

-My first guest is an Oscar-nominated actor

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