In only one year’s time as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, James Corden has karaoke’d with the biggest music stars in a moving car, rapidly relived the careers of A-list actors, played dodgeball with One Direction, modeled underwear with David Beckham, had a riff-off with Anna Kendrick, emceed his show from a stranger’s home (twice, actually), and otherwise shorted out the Internet. Which bits did the host love the most? They’re all like his children, really. But here are five of his favorite Late Late Show moments.
1. Carpool Karaoke with Adele
The songstress charms while belting out The Spice Girls “Wanna Be” and rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye West’s “Monster.”
“It’s seeing her in an environment that you’ve never seen before, being incredibly relaxed singing these songs. The truth is we could have put out a half-hour cut of it and it would’ve been great. It’s unquantifiable what it is that she’s got, but you just want to be around it.”
2. James Corden and Tom Hanks act out Tom’s filmography
The pair frenetically and joyously recreate scenes from the Oscar magnet’s nearly 30 films in this high-speed, six-minute retrospective.
”I love the reaction that people had to it. It’s a pleasure to do anything with Tom Hanks. Whether it’s us being the characters from Toy Story or him putting the red paint hand on my face as Wilson the volleyball from Castaway, there are so many funny moments. I’m really proud of it. It was a big statement of intent for our show.”
3. Justin Bieber takes over the monologue
The bad boy cleans up nicely and opens the show with a few jokes before a bathrobe-clad Corden discovers what’s going on.
“Justin Bieber has been on our show more than any other guest. He came down one time and played on the drums for a moment, and he’s done a few Carpool Karaokes. And that moment of him taking over the monologue — he didn’t need to do it. That was a big shift for our show, to have a a relationship — and friendship — with someone like Justin going, “Oh, that’s fun, I want to do that,” as opposed to “What can we promote?” We always want our show to feel like you don’t know what’s going to happen next, and to have him walk out instead of me was great. And you got to see him in a suit. It’s the smartest I’ve seen him look.”
4. Basic Instinct Remake
Michael Douglas is sickened at the sight of Corden — er, excuse us, Sharon Stone’s dangerously alluring Catherine Tramell — uncrossing his legs in an absurd recreation of the iconic interrogation scene.
“It was so silly and funny. Michael was such a great sport. I just remember thinking when we did it: If I could tell my 15-year-old self who used to watch Basic Instinct a lot that one day I’d be recreating that moment as Sharon Stone with Michael Douglas, his head would explode, you know?”
5. Crosswalk the Musical
A self-serious Corden (“A can of soup can’t talk!”) leads productions of Grease and Phantom of the Opera in the streets of L.A. “
Theater is a big part of my life and it’s something I’m very passionate about. There’s something really ridiculous about trying to do a musical in a crosswalk while the lights are red, but then taking it very, very seriously, like it is a serious theatrical production. In the last one we did, I did get told off by the police for running into the crosswalk when the light was green to take a bow. But I just had to get out there and take the applause, you know?”
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