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>> the late show with stephen colbert is next.>> thank you for watc captioning sponsored by cbs >> with two weeks to the election, mr. trump is ramping up his rallies and appearances. but before heading to pennsylvania, he cut short a scheduled interview with "60 minutes" correspondent lesley stahl and later tweeted he's considering posting video of it shot by the white house before the interview airs sunday. >> and now, an exclusive preview of the white house's cut of this week's "60 minutes." >> tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. there are thousands of boats in lakes, rivers, and oceans, thousands and thousands of boats. it's called "boaters for trump," "boaters for trump-pence." there are signs all over. some of the boats have 10 flags on them.
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they're incredible. tick-tock, tick-tock. congratulations, donald. well done. tick-tock, tick-tock. >> i'm lesley stahl. >> i'm bill whitaker. >> i'm like a smart guy. the clock is ticking! >> it's "a late show with stephen colbert." tonight: early bird and rudy is a worm. plus, stephen welcomes bruce springsteen and eva longoria. featuring jon batiste and stay homin'. and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater office building in new york city, it's stephen colbert! >> stephen: yeah! welcome to "a late show." i'm the stephen colbert. the 2020 election is less than two weeks away. i'm so excited that i'm not getting any of the sleep i normally don't get. tomorrow is the second and final
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presidential debate, for which we will be live, ladies and gentlemen, right there. tune in to find out which terrible group trump won't condemn this time. ( as trump ) "people who don't toss in for pizza because they say they don't want any but then have a slice when it comes, stand back and stand by. guys who hover right behind you in line when using the urinal, await my orders. neo-nazis, as you were." every four years, around this time of the election, people start to worry about an october surprise. today, we got more than an october surprised. we got october appalled, courtesy of trump's personal lawyer and man who has to constantly gnaw on tree trunks to keep his teeth from growing through his bottom lip, rudy giuliani. giuliani appears in the new borat movie, starring sascha baron cohen, who will be my guest on "the late show" on monday.
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and it turns out we might have a lot to talk about, because today we learned that, thanks to hidden cameras, in the movie, we see giuliani reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing borat's daughter. jeffrey toobin. it's over already. don't worry, the teenage daughter was actually an actress who's 24. and you can still watch without having to see rudy's tootie because the scene is quickly interrupted by borat, who runs in and says, "she's 15. she's too old for you." never a great sign when the moral authority in a situation comes from a guy who once handed a woman a bag of his own poop. even before cocktails in the bedroom, rudy acted like a real jerk-off. during the interview with the daughter giuliani drinks scotch, coughs, fails to socially distance, and agrees, at least in theory to eat a bat with his
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interviewer. really, rudy? eat a bat? what would that even look like? yeah, okay. now, this doesn't look great, but rudy says he has a perfectly innocent explanation. >> i had to take off the electronic equipment. and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back, and my shirt got a little out, came a little out. although, my clothes were entirely on. i lean back, and i tuck my shirt in, and at that point, at that point, they have this picture they take, which looks doctored. but in any event, i'm tucking my shirt in. i assure you that's all i was doing. >> stephen: okay, i would buy that, but i watched the footage. why did you go into a bedroom at the suggestion of a young woman to have cocktails to take off a mic. i take off a mic every night. never once have i reclined on a king-sized bed and launched a fact-finding mission to my own groin. anyway, we can't show you the
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foot annual tonight, but he's here monday and we'll show it then. great, sascha, no holds barred. i don't even know what that means, but it sounds good. now, no telling yet what effect if any, this footage will have on the election. so far, the polls in some of the swing states are tightening-- along with my sphincter-- especially pennsylvania, where the latest polls have biden up anywhere from 10% to only 2%. come on, pennsylvania! you don't need trump! you already have a perfectly good orange monster. things are so tight right now, that in the last 24 hours, pennsylvania has gotten visits from both donald trump and barack obama. it's hope and change versus grope and strange. last night, trump held one of his outdoor shout 'n sprays in erie, pennsylvania. but he made it clear he wasn't that happy about it. >> you know what? four, five months ago when we started this whole thing,
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because, you know, before the plague came in, i had it made. i wasn't coming to erie! i mean, i have to be honest, there was no way i was coming. >> stephen: ah, yes, nothing makes people feel more valued like hearing, "i'm only spending time with you because of the plague, which, otherwise, i would avoid you like." trump did eventually pivot from complaining about pennsylvania to complaining about his opponent. >> if you want depression, doom and despair, vote for sleepy joe biden. and boredom! because if you had sleepy joe, nobody's gonna be interested in politics anymore. that's gonna be the end of that. >> stephen: oh, my god, that sounds amazing! here's just a preview of what we could be talking about if politics was boring again: yesterday, one of my writers pitched a story about a popular internet video featuring a very long door handle. look at how long it is! it fits three hands! you want to hear some jokes about that? sorry, we don't have time for doorknob jokes because i have to talk about a president who's as
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dumb as one. trump also went after biden by playing an attack ad for the crowd. here's how he set it up: >> tonight, i want to do something-- i want to give you-- this is an original donald trump broadway play. take a look at this clip. >> stephen: yes, an original donald trump broadway play: "the book of moron." also, it's worth pointing out trump says he's presenting a broadway play, and then plays a commercial. ( as trump ) "i love broadway. my favorite show tune is 'we have the meats.' always makes me cry because at the end, they do have the meats." but despite the tight race in p.a., trump's down in the polls nearly everywhere and needs to get his message out. yesterday, he had a golden opportunity to talk with lesley stahl of "60 minutes." but, evidently, she asked him tough questions about his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the size of the crowds at his rallies, and his disputes with anthony fauci.
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because after 45 minutes, he abruptly ended the interview. well, no surprise there. trump always finishes before the woman. ♪ ♪ >> wham-bam, thank you slam! >> stephen: not satisfied with just storming off, trump threatened to beat "60 minutes" to the punch by releasing his own footage, tweeting: "i am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, i am considering posting my interview with lesley stahl of '60 minutes,' prior to airtime!" this will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a fake and biased interview is all about." oh, no! mr. president! on behalf of cbs, please don't post a teaser trailer for this sunday's episode of "60 minutes." 7:30 pm eastern, 6:30 central, only cbs. i hear he walks out. should be pretty exciting. now, after fleeing the interview, trump had a town hall where he continued to stew about
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"60 minutes" and fauci. >> i get along with him fine, but he's made mistakes. and, you know, when he said he-- he really is stopped from going on television. then you see him do "60 minutes," not one of the greatest shows in the world. >> stephen: okay, word of advice: if you desperately need the senior vote, maybe don't go after "60 minutes." ( as trump ) "60 minutes is a show for losers, matlock is a crappy lawyer, and let's face it, nana, your grandkids are stupid and ugly." so trump says and does dumb things. but we should never let his stupidity overshadow that he's also a heartless monster who must be driven from office and eventually dragged in manacles before the hague. because of all the horrible things he and his administration have done, perhaps the horrible-ist is their family separation policy on the border. and we got some chilling news yesterday in a court filing.
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you see, last year, a federal judge ordered the government to reunite parents and children that had been separated by the trump administration. and, well, the appointed lawyers just came back to him and explained the parents of 545 children separated at the u.s. border still can't be found. we have two weeks to decide what kind of country this is going to be. either this inhumane behavior is going to be punished by the voters, or just change the statue of liberty to read, "give me your tired, your poor, and half a million in unmarked bills if you want to see the kids again." think about the sheer number here-- 545 kids. that's not a child on a milk carton. that's the whole dairy aisle. and yet, there are still people who haven't made up their minds. there are still people who are going to vote for him! and i know that people vote on a lot of different issues.
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but now that we know that these children were stolen from their parents and cannot be returned due to things in of the administration, that's one of the things you're voting on. you can't say you don't know. now, i don't believe the american people are evil. maybe 545 kids is too many to wrap our heads around. that's eight school busses full of children. or maybe we feel too guilty to understand the magnitude of that crime and our responsibility. you know, there's a reason you never see this episode of "lassie." ( dog barks ) >> what's that, girl? timmy fell down a well? and so did 544 other children? what? they were pushed in there by the justice department? why would you tell me this? now i'm sad and complicit in the crimes of my government! bad dog!" >> stephen: and tearing these children away from their parents wasn't some bureaucratic oversight. it was the plan. cruelty was the plan. according to a recent draft
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report by the justice department's own inspector general, a top culprit was then- attorney general jeff sessions, who reportedly told prosecutors at the border, "we need to take away children." well, that's what we get for choosing attorney general rumpelstiltskin. another guy coming out of this not smelling like a rosen is former deputy attorney general and man asking if you'd like to see his erotic stamp collection, rod rosenstein. when prosecutors on the border resisted this policy, rosenstein told them to separate children from their parents, no matter how young. a little advice: it doesn't matter what you say if you follow it with "no matter how young," it's going to sound bad. "i'll have the veal. no matter how young." "rudy will meet your daughter in the bedroom. no matter how young." 13 days. go vote. we've got a great show for you tonight. bruce springsteen is here. stick around.
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>> stephen: welcome back, everybody. he is an american icon whose music has rocked us for over 45 years. his latest album-- and a new documentary-- are called "letter to you." please welcome to "a late show," bruce springsteen! bruce, thanks for being here. >> thanks a lot, stephen. good to be here. good to see you. >> stephen: i watched the-- i watched the documentary this afternoon. beautiful. beautiful. >> thanks. >> stephen: i'm not telling you anything you don't know. >> thank you. >> stephen: but it was also great to see you back together with the e street band. this is the first time you have
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done in how long, six years? >> you know, i'd say, yeah, six or seven least, you know. >> stephen: i hope-- that's what my research told me. they would be in trouble if you said something other than six years right now. ( laughs ) i love seeing-- >> it might be a little more than that. >> stephen: i love seeing you guys together, guys and girls together. but it was a little heartbreaking to see you be able to hug each other and, like, kiss each other, and, like, drink together. it was like a time capsule we were looking at. >> remember that. >> stephen: you have been performing since you were 16. how does it feel you have an album and know you can't go take it on the road right now. >> well, i do a lot of work in front of my bedroom mirror with the tennis racket. ( laughs ). >> stephen: so you're 16 all over again. >> i've gone back-- i've completely gone back to when i was 16. i put the album on. i get the tennis racket, and i go for an hour. as a matter of fact, i go for
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three hours, just like the show. >> stephen: what is the-- >> but, actually, it's a bit of a drag. >> stephen: i have to imagine it is, because you-- particularly, you talked about-- the last time we had a chance to talk, which is four years ago now, you talked about the magic trick, what you do when you-- for lack of a better word-- hook up your jumper cables to that audience. and they transform that energy that you give to them and they give to you. you transform that into a sacred space between the two of you. where are you finding your sacred spaces now that you can't actually be doing that in front of the audience? >> well, you know, through working the album with the band and through making the film, you know, you sort of commemorating those places and... that took a lot of my time. though not near as much as it used to because we recorded the album very quickly, and really in four days, and we listened to it all on the fifth day, and we shot the film in the same amount
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of time. so they were done relatively quickly, you know. but i've been managing to stay as busy as i can. my little radio show that i do biweekly, and some other projects that i'm working on. so i'm not just wandering around the house and getting in patty's hair. >> stephen: the inspiration, as you describe in the documentary for this album, being the last man standing of your first real band, the castiles, for those who don't know, from '65 to '68, you were in a band called the castiles. and you went to the funeral of-- tell me the story of sort of how you were inspired by that funeral for the album. >> i had a relationship over the past three or foreyears with my old friend george theiss, who was only-- him and i were the last surviving members of our first band. and george got very ill, and he was ill for several years.
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and we stayed in touch the whole time. so i got to visit him towards the end of his life, and i came home and he passed away shortly afterwards. and i guess being the last-- last guy in my first band to remain alive sort of... i don't know, it must have-- it must have brought things up for me. because a short while later. >> started to write with the themes of mortality and life span and writing about taking music, which is a subject i had written about before, what it was like being in a band when you were young, what it was like being in a band 50 years later with the same people. you know, it's an unusual experience. but there's some common humanity in all of it. so i just kind of dove into--
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it-- it just opened a vein of creativity that-- that lasted for about seven days, in which i wrote almost all the songs for the album. and that's the way it happens sometimes. >> stephen: the public all knows you as the e street band together. tell me about the castiles and what they meant to you in your discovery of music, or discovery about being in a band. i know for my business, those people that i first did comedy with at the beginning of my career, even if i don't work with them anymore, i know what i learned from them. i have a special love for those people. >> yeah. >> stephen: and i was introduced to this idea that this might be my life to those people. what did you learn being in that first band? >> you know, well, i learned i liked being in a band. i learned i loved playing music. i enjoyed the camaraderie of being in a band, even though, you know, it's filled with the usual tension and ebb and flow
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of-- of life, you know. but i knew it was something i enjoyed. and even though i was signed at columbia as a solo artist, i knew that i wanted to have a band. i wanted to have a regular group of musicians that i felt i was a part of. and, you know, so i mean, the e street band, goes back to when i was 16, gary, 18, you know, these guys were there for a long, long time. so it's-- i always tell people, i say, "imagine this, people you're going to high school right now, when you're 70 years old, those are the exact people you'll be working with and will have worked with them for the past 50 years." the only place that that happens is in rock 'n' roll. and it doesn't happen much for the very simple reason because people can't stand it.
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you know. it's like-- you know-- they can't stand each other for that long. it's a miracle. >> stephen: and the audience doesn't always stick around for 50 years. >> no, they do not. so it's a-- it's a confluence of very, very special events and some luck and magic involved that allows you to have a long life and career like we've been blessed enough to have. >> stephen: we have to take a quick break, but stick around, everybody. we'll be right back with more bruce springsteen.
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you speak of so many of the subjects that you're talking about, not just in your lyrics but in your narration and talking about your life with extraordinary tenderness. and you've often, you know, shown tenderness in your lyrics. but i'm just curious, as you stand on those train tracks looking at the train light coming down the traction, as you say in the documentary, you get to a point in your life when you're aware of your mortality. >> sure, yeah. >> stephen: has that made you more tender. >> i don't know. i think you end up being a little more forgiving, you know, of folks who may have crossed your path or for one reason or another you've held your grudges. and it goes for the whole band. i mean, you know, it's like when you live with people for 50 years there's things they can't stand about you, there are things you don't like about them. hey, man, back in 1975, this happened. and it's 2015, and somebody's just beginning to bal talk abou.
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all of the human conundrum that you would expect exists in our band. but we have had a greater respect for the integrity of our ship than our personal grudges. and that's why we're still here, you know. and that has held for every band member, and will hold as long as every band member feels like that, that the integrity of our ship, its seaworthiness, and the mission that we're on takes precedence over personal grudge. >> stephen: are you a sailor, bruce? do you sail? >> you know, i do not. ( laughter ). >> stephen: one of the-- one of the things about the album is it-- it, you know, it undoubtedly sounds like you. i hear your voice. i hear the sound of the band. and-- and, you know, it's in keeping with the history of your sound. but then you play a song-- you
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play "if i was a priest," is one of the three songs you wrote in 1972. "if i was a priest," okay, that sounds different than the new songs, but it sounds like you. there's no mistaking that's also you. what do you see as the difference between that man writing in 1972, or what that man wrote in 1972, and what that man is writing now? >> you know, all of the "yous" are in one car. and as you get older you add another one. you add the you that's 60. you add the you that's 70. you have the you that's 30 in the car. you have the you that's 24 years old and first signed-- all of those folks are in the car that you're driving. so a lot of it depends, of course, at any given moment, on who's at the wheel, you know. and so, i can-- consequently, i can pull up different parts of my internal life and my internal
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history, and i can go to those moments and find something in common with that voice that connects-- it's a bit of a time trip, you know. it connects from that moment and lays a bond through all those years to who you are right now. so i could go back to songs that i wrote when i was 22 years old, and i could find a voice to sing them in at 70, you know. so they were a lot of fun because i don't write lyrics like that anymore, and i love that writing style, and i wish i hadn't abandoned it so soon. but i was very self-conscious about the dylan comparisons so i moved away from it rather quickly. but looking back on it, i kind of have my own-- my own dylan-esque style that was a lot of fun, really uninhibited, really kind of just letting-- opening the dam and letting the words spill out. that had a lot of joy and a lot
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of-- and a reasonable amount of depth in it. so those songs were fun to go back to and to record on this record. >> stephen: in the documentary, clive davis says to you that dylan said to him after he listened to "greetings from asbury park" he better be careful or he might go through every word in the english language. he might run out of words." he should talk. he should talk. but-- and you took that as like, well, i took that advice to heart because he was my mentor. the last time we were together i asked you to name the top five bruce springsteen songs, according to bruce springsteen. >> yeah. >> stephen: give me your top three dylan songs according to bruce springsteen. >> oh, that's really hard. that's really, really hard. >> stephen: this is the final round of the competition, bruce. this is for all the money. >> you've got to put "like a rolling stone" in there just because it's a history
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culture-changing piece of music. and it's also simply awe fantastic rock 'n' roll song. so that i would have to put in there. "visions of johanna," is a big song for me. but i also like "ring thembles" from-- i forget the album it's from. i look all of john wesley harden, so it's hard to pick one. let me think... >> stephen: how about a single line-- you've given me three already. what's the first dylan line that jumps out to you? >> you know, the first line... "once upon a time a girl so fine threw the bums a dime in their prime didn't you." that was like-- you were hooked. you were into that story so intensely and so quickly. that's the one that immediately comes to my mind.
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>> stephen: not that you're asking but mine is my "my weariness amazes me. i am branded on my feet." it's simple, but "branded on my feet." >> that's damn good. >> stephen: i've been there a lot. >> that's damn good! >> stephen: i've been there young. i've been there old. one member of the band, max weinberg, is urging people to listen to the whole album. and, you know, a lot of the youngsters will look at him like he's nuts. listening to whole albums-- people don't do that a lot anymore. do you recommend the whole album. obviously, it's your album, but do you listen to a lot of albums all the way through these days. you're under oath. >> i listen to ( bleep ) rock well. >> stephen: how about "the greatest." can we talk about the song "the greatest." >> i love her writing and it's sin mat and i can her narrative is great. the last record i actually
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listened to all the way through was the 45th anniversary of "born to run." so i got with a buddy of mine, and it was, like, sunday morning at 11 a.m. i said, "come on, we're going to jump in the car. we're going to play it from top to bottom just for the 45th anniversary." we got in the car and started driving south a little bit. and the album's running itself down. and we get to asbury park, i turn and i come up kingsley avenue, just as "born to run" hits, down past the stone pony, past convention hall, into deal, into west long branch to 7 and a half west end court, just as the intro to "jungle land" hits, i'm parked in front of the house i wrote all the songs for "born to run." that was fun. >> stephen: wow, wow. >> so i think it's fun listening to records all the way through just because they-- there's a greater story-- they're always
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more than the sum of their parts. and a greater story to tell. i would suggest people listen to this one all the way through, too. you'll have a bigger experience. >> stephen: we have to take one more break, but when we come back, maybe-- maybe bruce will play one of those guitars. you never know.
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we're back with bruce springsteen, whose now album "letter to you" and documentary of the same name are out this friday. i want to ask you about another singer/songed writer we lost this year, who was very idiosyncratic in his own way and was often associated with being a writer of the working man like you, and that's john prien. >> oh, yeah. >> do you have any thoughts on the loss of john this year? >> oh, man. john was-- we were new dylans together so we were inextricably entwined for long parts of our career in the sense that i think we had records that came out almost simultaneously. his first record and mine were very close, very close, close when they came out. and of course i heard his first record and said uh-oh. ( laughter ) there's another guy out there that's really, really good.
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you know. and, of course, he was. and remained so his whole life. and of course we got to know one another a little bit, and besides being an incredible musician, he was a lovely, lovely man, and a national treasure for us. so his-- his-- and to have him, you know,... to have him pass away of covid was just a tragedy, a national loss. >> stephen: well, before i let you go, bruce, i'd be remiss if i did not point out the tremendous milestone you just reached, which i found out through your friend and mine, niles lofgren, the big news, my boss bruce springsteen has got his own emojy. you have been released as an emojy right there. that's it. >> yeah, i'm -- >> stephen: you did it, man.
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the dream is a reality. >> i'm not sure what that exactly means. i mean, i know what an emojy is, but does that mean everyone has access to that -- >> stephen: yes. everyone has access to this. if they want to just say, "hey, i was listening to some bruce springsteen, "" they can jut put that picture up instead on their phone. it's much quicker. >> i think that's wonderful. ( laughter ) >> stephen: i think you're very nice. >> thank you, steve. >> stephen: well, bruce, good talking to you. >> much love, my friend. >> stephen: back-- back to you. i hope you're taking-- your safe and sterile and sound, wherever you are. and-- >> so far. >> stephen: and surrounded by a pod full of friends and family who you can share the moment with. bruce, would you-- would you b be-- feel comfortable to play us out with something?
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>> you know, okay. ♪ ♪ ♪ painted pictures and old scrabbook faded pictures that somebody took ♪ when you were hard and young and proud ♪ backed against the wall running, rolling loud ♪ snakeskin vest, sharkskin suit ♪ cuban heels on your boots i forget the rest. ( laughter ). >> stephen: well, then might i recommend the album "letter to you" by bruce springsteen. it's got all the lyrics. it has everything you need to play bruce springsteen's latest hits. "letter to you" is out now this friday. you can see his documentary of the same name this friday on apple tvplus. bruce springsteen, everybody. >> i need one of those myself.
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we'll be right back with actress and producer eva longoria. thank you, bruce.
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♪ ♪ >> stephen: hey, everybody, welcome back. you know her as an actress, activist, and producer from "desperate housewives," "devious maids," and "telenovela." please welcome to "a late show," eva longoria! hey, evaa, nice to see you. >> good to see you. >> stephen: first of all, congratulations on hosting the first night of the d.n.c. >> thank you. >> stephen: you were great. i watched every minute of it. and, also, you appeared on the first night of the r.n.c., too. with ron mcdaniels, the head of the r.n.c. came out and said, "the d.n.c. they had a "desperate housewives." but i'm a real housed wife. anything you would like to respond. >> it was hilarious.
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you had marco rubio trend. i didn't trend marco rubio. he attacked me for being an actress and presenting that night. i didn't show up as an actress that night. i showed up as a ninth-generation american and the daughter of a veteran and the daughter of a teacher. it was silly. it's when people go, "shut up and act, shut up and dribble." i tell people, you're a dentist. you shouldn't have an opinion on politics. stay in your lane! >> stephen: right, and the president is a reality tv host, and reagan was a "b" movie actor. come on! >> that was the most-- that was one of the funniest comments i had seen is, your nominee is a reality star. >> stephen: yes. you, in addition to acting, direct, and producing you're cofounder of the latino victory fund pac and an outspoken activist. you said many times that you're never going to run for office. why? why?
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are you sure? because i've interviewed a ton of politicians, and i've interviewed eva longoria. i'm telling you, kid, you're better informed than a lot of the people who actually have the gig. >> well, right now the bar's not that high, so... but no, gosh, no. i think the myth is you have to be a politician to be political. and that's just not true. the greatest, you know, power in our democracy is with the citizen. and, you know, it's the great equalizer. the voting booth, you know, it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman your sexuality, your race, your ethnicity. we all count the same. i feel like i can do a lot more outside of the system than inside of it. you know what? i used to think you had to be super smart to be in pol tibs but that's changed. >> stephen: not true, not true. i'm not sure if that was ever the case. it was never a requirement. there was no i.q. test to put your name on the ballot. what's your t-shirt say? i see "votes for."
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what's the "votes for?" "votes for women" nice. >> "votes for women." i have 100 of these and i've been on so many zooms i have to keep changing them. >> stephen: this doesn't feel that special now, eva longoria. hundred, hundreds. >> hundred. >> stephen: i'm not sure which one of you guys i'm talking to, one of the jimmies i'm talking to right now. i can't even tell you middle-aged white men apart at this point. what's best advice you've ever received? >> you know, oh, gosh. you mean, just inof? >> stephen: sure. >> i-- i would like to say it's the golden rule because it's biblical, "do unto others." no, it's not. that's important. no, i was pitching moiz for some job directing and a really good friend of mine, writer, i was practice pitching to him, and he goes, "okay, i gotta stop you. i gotta stop you. i need you to walk out the door and come back in with your white
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male privilege poonts and start again. of he said, "i want you to act like you have the job. i want you to assume you have the job. i want to have all of this, you know, assumptions that it's mine" i was like, "oh, yeah! that's a great idea." i have to tell you it was an a-ha moment. i now walk into rooms and really assume, you know, i'm the best person for the job, as opposed to being a "oh, i hope you hire me. and oh, if you hire me i would love to. if it's okay with you." he just gave me permission to to be great and to assume equality as opposed to ask for it. >> stephen: that is excellent advice. and this does not undermine that advice in any way when i tell you, as a white male, i went into every audition going, "god, i'd love this job. i hope you hire me." i never went in thinking i got the job. i talked people out of hiring me who wanted to because i walked in so weak. ( laughs )
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>> no! i never thought that way. i was like, "yeah, why don't i assume more equal as opposed to assuming i'm not." >> stephen: now, i understand that you're hosting a cbs special on monday night. first of all, stay off my turf, longoria. second, tell us-- tell us what it's about. it's 9:00 on monday. what's going on. >> yeah. it's called "essential heroes: a momento latino event." memento latino is a coalition of a lot of grass-roots organizations do a lot for the latino community. we did a study and found 34% of essential frontline workers are latino, yet we're only 18% of the population. so we're over-represented in really fighting through this global pandemic. you know, that's your nurses and your health care workers and your farm workers, and your restaurant workers, delivery truck-- i mean, everybody. we latinos are keeping the engine of the economy going during this time. and so we thought what could we
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do to support, obviously, this community and these heroes, not only to us, to everybody? and what can we do to help them and what can we do to celebrate them? we decided, let's have this special that really features and has, you know, everything that is great about the united states, which is diversity. >> stephen: "essential heroes: a momento latino event" airs monday night at 9:00, only on cbs. eva longoria, everybody! thanks so much for being here, eva. >> thank you. >> stephen: we'll be right back, everybody. woman 1: get your vote-by-mail ballot?
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