tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC October 24, 2017 12:37am-1:38am EDT
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- mariska hargitay. from "the exorcist," actor john cho. music from zz ward featuring fantastic negrito. featuring the 8g band with sonny emory. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how's everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that's fantastic to hear. in that case let's get to the news. all five living former presidents attended a benefit concert in texas on saturday to help raise money for hurricane victims. the only way it could have been better is if there had been six former presidents.
[ laughter and applause ] according to the "new york times," former host bill o'reilly paid a $32 million settlement to a legal analyst at fox news for sexual harassment one month before the network extended his contract. wow, you paid a $32 million settlement and they let you keep working there. i guess we know what we can look forward to. [ audience groans ] yeah. it's a bummer to see them both. [ light laughter ] first lady melania trump visited a middle school in detroit today where she began her anti-bullying campaign by speaking to the students and joining them for lunch. meanwhile donald trump had lunch in the white house cafeteria and clapped when someone dropped their tray. [ light laughter ] that's fantastic. he has to buy a second lunch now. oh, look at that dummy. [ light laughter ] according to ivana trump's new
book, president trump once left his son donald trump jr. stranded on a tarmac after he was five minutes late for a flight. even worse, eric's been in an overhead bin for the last two years. [ laughter ] someone give me peanuts! [ applause ] i need a pretzel or a peanut. thank you for not gate checking me, father. [ laughter ] a new study has found that a person's brain is still active for about 20 seconds after death and a person may be aware that they have died. this according to a eulogy that had really gone off the rails. [ light laughter ] grandpa might still be with us, you guys. red lobster announced today that it will start delivering its food in new york city through a partnership with grubhub. because if there's one thing that will make discount seafood
even better, it's 20 minutes on the back of a bike. [ laughter and applause ] just think, that shrimp is going down 8th avenue as we speak. [ light laughter ] and finally, playboy is featuring its first ever transgender play mate in its november issue. and if you think that's not natural neither are any of the other playmates. ladies and gentlemen, we have a fantastic show for you tonight. she is the star of nbc's "law & order: svu" mariska hargitay is everybody. [ cheers and applause ] he is on fox's new show "the exorcist," john cho is back on the show. our good friend. [ cheers and applause ] john cho. and we'll have music from blues singer/songwriter zz ward. so, you're here for a great night. [ cheers and applause ] but before we get to that, after a week in which his administration argued that
civilians should not challenge generals, president trump returned to the place where he is never challenged, fox news, to try to right the ship and push his domestic agenda. for more on this it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: trump and his white house have spent the last week lashing out at the family of a fallen soldier and a congresswoman close to that family. and obviously it's not a good look for the administration. so the president has retreated to his comfort zone attacking the media. on sunday morning he tweeted, it is finally sinking through 46% of people believe major national news organizations fabricate stories about me, fake news, even worse, lost cred. look, the only one who has lost cred here is the guy who's tweeting in all caps. [ light laughter ] if you ask an ex how he's doing, and he writes back, "i'm doing fine." you believe him. but if he writes, "i'm doing fine" like this, you immediately call his best friend and say, "i think you need to check on dave." [ light laughter ]
so after yet another week of scandal, trump once again fled to his permanent refuge, his home away from golf, fox news where he was asked about his habit of tweeting excessively about his critics and offered this truly mind bending defense. >> i have friends that say, oh, don't use social media. see, i don't call it tweets. tweeting is like a typewriter. when i put it out, you put it immediately on your show. >> seth: that's right. tweeting is like a typewriter. of course, the only thing that would make trump's tweets more pathetic is if they were actually written on a typewriter. all of my enemies -- [ bell ding ] in the fake news media -- [ bell ding ] are haters and losers -- [ bell ding ] sad. [ wheel creaking ] [ light laughter ] oh, this is very good. send that out. [ laughter and applause ] trump went on to defend his use of twitter by once again attacking the media and for some
reason making use of what seems to be his favorite sound effect. >> you know they're well crafted, i was always a good student, i'm like a person that does well with that kind of thing. there is a fake media out there, i get treated very unfairly by the media and i have a tremendous platform. so when somebody says something about me, i'm able to go bing bing bing and i take care of it. >> seth: bing bing bing. just when i thought trump couldn't get any worse, he's one of those guys who tweets with his keyboard sounds turned on. [ laughter ] so trump thinks lashing out at the media will somehow help him with his domestic agenda. specifically his proposed tax cuts. last week senate republicans passed a budget that paves a way for trump's tax cut plan with $473 billion in cuts from medicare and $1 trillion from medicaid. so what will taxpayers get in return for those brutal cuts. trump has claimed repeatedly that his tax plans would increase average household income by $4,000 a year. but even that $4,000 claim is a lie because according to bloomberg, trump's own economic advisers have said that the $4,000 benefit would only materialize over eight years.
and one tax expert told the washington post the $4,000 promise was absolute pie in the sky. they might just as well promise a unicorn in every pot. and if there's anyone who i believe would try to eat a unicorn, it is donald trump. i eat unicorns by the bucket. they are magically delicious. [ laughter and applause ] in fact, not only, not only are the republicans looking to gut medicare and medicaid, their plan might even raise taxes on middle class americans to pay for tax cuts for higher earners. by 2027 more than one of every four middle income families would pay more in taxes. meanwhile, those earning about $900,000 and above in 2027 will get a tax cut averaging about $230,000. so how could trump possibly defend a plan that raises taxes on the middle class and cuts them for high earners. well by not knowing or understanding anything about it. on sunday trump was asked about his plan and meandered his way
through a nonsensical answer that somehow involved, new england patriots owner, robert kraft. >> if the top earners pay 80% of the taxes, why are you so afraid to cut taxes on the top earners? >> i think this, look -- i am very happy with the way i've done part of this in my civilian life. >> of course, this is not about -- >> alright, other people -- well it's about me and representing rich people. >> okay. >> let's say -- representing, you know, being representative of rich people. it's very interesting to me. bob kraft was down, he was very nice. he owns the patriots. he gave me a super bowl ring a month ago -- >> but putin took his, right? >> which was very nice. yeah that's right. but he left this beautiful ring and i immediately give it to the white house and they put it some place and that's the way it is. >> how great. >> he said to me -- he's a good man. >> seth: oh my god, what are you talking about? [ laughter ] although it makes sense that he got a super bowl ring because he obviously has a terrible concussion. [ laughter ] he cannot go back in the game.
also maria, you asked a question about taxes and then accepted those rambling answers? you're like a baby-sitter with no backbone. your mom said no food after nine. i'm going to have pizza. okay but only one slice. no, a whole pizza. and you're gonna pay for it. okay, but after that straight to bed. no after that i'm going to smoke some weed and you're gonna go to bed. okay. [ laughter and applause ] sounds great. now, despite the savage cuts to medicare and medicaid, and tax hikes for middle class americans trump still remains confident, that republicans have the votes to pass their tax plan. >> do you think you have the votes? >> i think we have the votes. >> seth: there you go. simple as that. and when donald trump says he has the votes, you know you can believe him. >> i also want to provide a brief update on health care. we have the votes for the most part i think we have the votes for that. we are very close. we feel we have the votes. we have -- either have the votes or we're very close to having the votes and we will get the votes. we have the votes for health care. health care, we have it, we have
the votes. but i feel we have the votes. i'm almost certain we have the votes, but on health care we have the votes because you know we have the votes. but from the republican standpoint we have the votes. >> seth: when trump says we have the votes, it carries about the same weight as this. >> arby's, we have the meats. [ laughter ] >> seth: do you? [ applause ] because, i'm a little suspicious that you're calling it the meats, from the animals. now naturally democrats have already criticized the gop for slashing taxes on high earners while cutting medicare and medicaid, and on sunday trump claimed those democrats, like senate democratic leader chuck schumer were being disingenuous. although, again his argument made very little sense. >> i like schumer. but before he even knows the plan, say, oh this is for the rich it's -- he doesn't even know what the plan is. and he's screaming it's for the rich. he did it with healthcare too. he said, this is for the rich,
this is for the rich. you're not going to get your coverage. everybody is going to go into hospitals. it's going to be terrible. the world is coming to an end. okay. didn't even know what the plan was. and that's okay, you know, we're all learning politics right? >> seth: no. [ light laughter ] we're not all learning politics. you're the only one learning politics. trump's -- [ applause ] trump's like the guy at book club who just assumes everyone else skipped the book too. hey, we're all learning how to read, right? [ light laughter ] in fact, just to give you an idea of how in over his head trump still is, even this far into his presidency, watch this part of the interview where trump was asked about tech companies that sell user's private data. not only does trump have no idea what he's talking about, it's almost as if he's never even heard of this before. >> i'm wondering what you think about tech right now. because, you have these companies that are more powerful than ever before. they've got everything, all this data on us. they're selling the data. should the tech companies be more regulated.
>> well, i guess some people talk about freedom, and other people talk about -- we want to know who's taking ads or doing whatever. and, i would imagine something's going to come down along the line like we're doing right now for regular, you know, whether it's commercial or not for a normal broadcast company. it will be very interesting -- so you know, that's an argument that's happening right now. >> okay. >> it could be very interesting to see what -- there are two very distinct views on that. i can go -- honestly i can go either way on it. [ laughter ] >> seth: he talks like he's trying to stall a security guard while his friends steal the opposing school's mascot. [ laughter ] why am i here? i'm going to check a book out from the library and -- the thing is i could wait til monday morning but i'm a reader. you know i'm -- look, look we're all learning how to read, right? [ light laughter ] we're all learning how to read. [ applause ] of course, trump can comfortably go on fox news and breeze past questions without answering them because he knows he won't be challenged.
and as we've seen he viciously attacks anyone who does challenge him. like florida congresswomen, frederica wilson. last week, trump's chief of staff john kelly criticized wilson for account of a call trump placed to the widow of a soldier killed in niger, sergeant la david johnson, despite the fact that wilson is close to the family and was in the car when trump's call came. today johnson's widow, myeisha johnson, confirmed wilson's account of that call. including the fact that trump apparently didn't know her husband's name. and of course that meant that trump had to impulsively fire back on twitter writing, i had a very respectful conversation with the widow of sergeant la david johnson. and spoke his name from beginning without hesitation. look just stop. stop tweeting. stop responding. do what a normal decent human being would do, apologize and then be quiet or at least limit your comments to something less offensive. like -- >> bing bing bing. [ laughter ] >> seth: or better than that, just use bing. [ laughter and applause ] now last week -- [ applause ] last week kelly, who is of
course a four star marine general, talked to the whitehouse press corps and spoke movingly about the difficulties of speaking to the families of fallen soldiers. but he also told a story, about a speech wilson gave at the dedication of an fbi building in 2015. a story, that contains several false claims. and in another authoritarian turn when the whitehouse was asked on friday about kelly misstating those facts, press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders said reporters cannot question kelly because he's a four-star marine general. >> if you want to get into a debate with a four-star marine general, i think that that's simply highly inappropriate. >> seth: is it? because the last time people refused to question a general he turned out to be a foreign agent. i mean, are we just supposed to blindly believe without question that for a great low rate you can get online, go the general and save some time? [ applause ] i'm not willing to blindly believe that. but to be fair, trump has a point, it's inappropriate to question a marine general. like for example retired four-star marine general
john allen who criticized trump at last year's democratic convention. >> they had a general named john allen, and he -- i never met him. and he got up and he started talking about trump trump trump. never met him. and you know who he is? he's a failed general. >> seth: that's right. he's a failed general as opposed to donald trump who is a general failure. [ laughter ] now trump is attacking anyone who dares to challenge him. whether it's the news media, football players, or a member of congress. and he's trying to restart his domestic agenda, by lying about his policies. in fact from now on, any time trump talks about his tax plan or his healthcare bill it should be followed by this. >> trump, we have the votes. >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: we'll be right back with mariska hargitay. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back, everybody. please give it up for the 8g band right over there, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] also, we're being joined this week by a fantastic drummer. he's a master musician and performer who's played with everyone from earth wind and fire to the b-52s. his new album "love is the greatest," featuring his group
cachet is available now, sonny emory everybody. [ cheers and applause ] >> hey seth. >> seth: thank you for being here, sonny. really appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> seth: our first guest tonight is an emmy and golden globe award winning actress who is best known for her role as detective olivia benson on "law and order svu," now in its 19th season. new episodes air wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on nbc. let's take a look. >> alley porter's mother showed up at my doorstep. it turns out that noah has a grandmother. >> i'm -- i'm sorry? >> yeah. her first move was to try to vacate the adoption. i spent the entire morning yesterday in family court. >> okay, i can tell you that you cannot vacate an adoption, not after three years. >> i know that the law is on my side, but the judge let her file for visitation. >> seth: please welcome back to the show, mariska hargitay, everybody. ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: hi, mariska. >> hello. >> seth: 19 seasons. >> can you believe it? >> seth: congratulations. that's really something. >> it really is. >> seth: yeah -- it's an accomplishment beyond, i feel like what anyone else could talk about. so, congratulations. >> thank you. and it's 19 seasons and i'm in and happy. >> seth: good. yeah, that's -- >> that's what's amazing. >> seth: yeah, that really is. >> yeah. >> seth: one of the things that's very exciting and i imagine one of the things that keeps it fresh for you guys who are in the cast, is you have amazing guest stars -- >> amazing. >> seth: so they come in and you get to work with different people over the course of -- of 19 seasons. brooke shields -- >> brooke shields! >> seth: brooke shields and this is your recommendation, yes? >> it was. you know, i was at another friend of ours, ali -- ali wentworth has this fantastic show. and we were at a screening and brooke was the guest star and was so brilliant and so dark and so funny -- and so funny and so funny --
>> seth: yeah. >> and so beautiful and so powerful. >> seth: and when you watch svu, you're always looking for a funny person. >> where the funny? you know i love the funny. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> and so when i saw her, i thought, like, "she is it." because we had this character in mind to come, you know, stir it up. >> seth: well that clip actually sort of introduces her. >> oh, that's her and she's a buzz kill for olivia benson, let me tell you. >> seth: yeah, but she's a grandmother as you set up in that clip. >> and that's how i pitched her. >> seth: yeah! so you had to say to brooke shields, i want you to come and be a grandmother on my show. >> it was so funny, it was -- >> seth: brooke shields, the brooke shields -- >> no not that one. another one -- >> seth: oh, you got -- okay, gotcha. >> no, but we were sitting there and i said, "listen, there's an amazing part, would you ever consider doing an arc on the show?" and she said, "oh, wow, are you serious?" i said, "yeah." and then i pitch her, i said, "this incredible powerful woman. she comes and -- and she's the grandmother." and she goes -- "i'm sorry, what?" [ laughter ] i said, "no, no, it's a grandmother." and then even i heard it, i was like, "oh, no, no, no, it's not like that." [ laughter ] but she was like, "i see how you are." >> seth: oh, yeah.
>> "oh, pitch the show, then go, 'grandma.'" [ laughter ] so on the first day of her shooting, i redid the sides, which are the pages that you get when, you know, to learn your lines. >> seth: the script pages, sure. >> script pages and so it said -- it said, "alley porter" you know, whatever, 40s -- and i had it say, "alley porter, early 70s." [ laughter ] in the description! and then i did it the next day, i said, "early 30s." >> seth: oh, that's very nice. >> so, you know -- >> seth: you won her back. >> you give, you take, you do it all. >> seth: your husband is also on the show, he plays your lawyer, on the show. >> yes. >> seth: and he's also -- >> sexy, sexy. tall drink of water. >> seth: yeah! and he's also on a fantastic show, "younger." >> amazing show! >> seth: and -- and now, because again, you're obviously very recognizable, i haven't been on a show for as many years as you are. but you guys were on vacation and now -- and now your husband, peter's getting some attention. >> well, people are changing their tune. >> seth: yeah. >> and we are in italy this summer in a little gelateria and we all of a sudden could feel a group of women coming over. and so peter sort of knows the drill. and so he -- you know, he's like, "okay, they're coming. whatever." so he sort of grabs the camera and the woman goes --
>> seth: because he thinks he's going to take a picture of them with you. >> he does. >> seth: yeah. >> until she says, "no, no, no, i love you. you're younger, see?" and then she takes the camera and she goes, "please, for the taking picture." i said, "absolutely." i'm sitting there and then all these italian women are handing me their phones and i'm like, "okay. more light. face the light. okay, you guys look great, smile. peter, put your arm around her." >> seth: that's great. >> it was very fun. >> seth: it's peter's time! i love it! >> it is. the women are elbowing me out of the way now. >> seth: to be on a show that italian women watch, that's the jackpot. >> oh, they are not -- and they're like, "oh, peter, i am team --" [ laughter ] i'm like, "easy there, easy lady." >> seth: halloween's coming up -- your family i know, takes it very seriously. >> very seriously. >> seth: and i just wanted -- we have some photos to show how serious you are. full "star wars" theme, that's brilliant. >> wait a minute, full "star wars" until the last minute when august said, "you know what, i want to be darth vader." >> seth: oh, really? [ light laughter ] >> and i went, "sweetie, we have a theme." and he said, "i want to be darth vader." >> seth: really? what was he supposed to be?
>> i don't know, one of those little guys from the movie. >> seth: oh, okay. >> you know, little, cute little guys. >> seth: oh, cute little, like an ewok? >> like, yeah. >> seth: oh, okay. >> yeah! >> seth: well, look, it still works, you didn't have to ruin it for me. [ laughter ] but then that was when you just had one kid and that's easy. >> yeah. >> seth: and now you fully -- now you got -- there's five of you, so they go "incredibles," "fantastic," this is some "day of the dead" stuff there. >> yep! >> seth: look very good. that -- look at you guys! >> that's "inside out." >> seth: "inside out" family photo. >> i was joy. >> seth: yeah, that's great. >> he was sadness, anger -- >> seth: yeah. >> can you figure it out? >> seth: yeah, he's very good, he's very intense. >> yep. >> seth: how'd you get his hair like that? that's great. >> it's amazing what we do. we have a team to put this together. >> seth: yeah. and do they -- do you chose as a -- do the five of you chose together? who -- who -- >> we do, the kids sort of determine. yeah, they -- they call it. >> seth: is there a spoiler alert element to this or -- can you tell me what you're going to be? >> no, i can't. i can't be the betrayer. >> seth: oh, you two can't tell us what you're going to be. >> oh, no, no, no, i'm sworn to secrecy. >> seth: gotcha. >> yeah. >> seth: when do you guys lock it down? when did you know what you're going to be?
>> oh, we just locked it -- i'll tell you, peter was pitching a few ideas, which i liked better. he wanted to be, can i say? >> seth: you can say, what -- >> he wanted to be a bouquet of flowers. >> seth: the whole family was a -- >> the whole family, each a different flower, which i thought was so beautiful. >> seth: yeah, i think that's a -- i think it's a dud, yeah. >> they're like this -- they're like this -- august is like -- [ laughter ] "ahh! ahh!" no. >> seth: yeah. >> yeah, he just shut that down. >> seth: first of all, i just, i feel like as a bouquet of flower, you guys have to sort of shuffle down the street together. >> but we do anyway. >> seth: yeah. i think as a kid -- how old's august now? >> he's 11. >> seth: yeah, so he's like -- he wants to be able to break away, maybe at some point, you know. >> yeah. i'm not ready! >> seth: especially if you shamed him for the darth vader thing, i'm sure he's like, "i don't know." >> well, it's just that he's changing at the last minute -- thank god i had like four more outfits. >> seth: so you're good? so you guys are -- but like everything's -- >> we're good. >> seth: locked down and ready to go -- >> no, it's locked down, we're ready to go. >> seth: okay. >> usually, you know, beginning of october, we're good. >> seth: all right, that's great. >> yeah, no, we prac -- we practice. >> seth: i also want to ask about this, you are a "hamilton" superfan and a lot of people would say that they are the biggest fan of "hamilton," but you actually maybe have a case to be made that this is true. you did the audiobook for -- for lin. so lin came to you, he knew that
you were intensely involved. >> he did. he did. >> seth: how many times did you see it? >> i've seen it 15 times. >> seth: 15 times! [ cheers and applause ] that's incredible. >> and i'm going again because as you said in the beginning of the show, now, you know, we have guest stars coming on the show -- >> seth: yeah. oh, so you take -- you like to take people. >> well, no, but the guest star is playing -- >> seth: oh, of course! >> right? so they come on the show and then i need to see them. >> seth: right. >> in it. the new cast and they just blow my mind. >> seth: that was sort of one of the famous things about "law and order" over the years because it shoots in new york. >> yeah. >> seth: because -- there's all the law and order's -- fantastic broadway actors. >> it is the greatest part of my job. >> seth: and that's what you guys did in 19 seasons, so you could pay for 15 trips to "hamilton." [ laughter ] >> i think i did it. why do you think i'm going to do it for another two years? >> seth: exactly! and how was it recording the audio book? was it exciting? >> it was so exciting, i had just finished directing and i -- actually, when he asked me, i was just about to go into directing and i was like, "ahh! how am i going to do this?" but when lin calls you and says,
"will you do the audio book?" >> seth: yeah. >> you sort of -- i was so happy and i -- i sort of stayed up all night, you know, rehearsing and rereading because you want to honor it. >> seth: oh, that's fantastic. yeah, of course. >> and i was -- so one of the great honors of my life. >> seth: oh, well that's great. >> truly. >> seth: well, congratulations. >> truly. >> seth: that's so wonderful to hear and always such a honor to have you here. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much, mariska. >> thank you! >> seth: mariska hargitay, everybody. new episodes of "law and order svu" air wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on nbc. we'll be right back with john cho. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ so, verizon and google have teamed up on the pixel 2. it's a match made in tech heaven. it's like verizon is the oil and google is the balsamic. no, actually they separate into a suspension. it's more like the google pixel 2 is the unlimited storage. and verizon is the best unlimited plan. what if it's like h2 and o? yeah. that's right. i had a feeling that would score with you guys. good meeting. (avo) when you really, really want the best
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back everybody. you know our next guest from the "star trek" franchise, as well as the "harold and kumar" films. he stars in the fox series, "the exorcist," which airs friday nights. let's take a look. >> you want to put the bags there? i'll take them up in a minute. >> this house, it's beautiful. >> thank you. yeah, it's a beast. belonged to my wife's great-aunt, peggy. >> and your wife is -- >> now with us anymore. >> i'm sorry. >> thank you. who wants a grand tour?
>> seth: please welcome back to the show, our friend, john cho, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: so good to see you again buddy. >> good to see you, pal. >> seth: we talked about this last time you were here. we met on a movie in 2002, i think, 2003. "see this movie" was the name of the film. >> it wasn't that long ago. look at those babies. >> seth: and there are a couple of young babies. >> yeah. >> seth: and i'm going to show this every time you're here because it's the only way this movie will be on tv. so. [ laughter ] >> i remember we were -- we shot that movie in montreal and we were walking around, talking. and i think we were swapping stories of when we felt like secure with money. >> seth: yeah. >> and i remember you said -- it hit you when, on a tuesday night, you were up all night
writing and had to come back wednesday for the read-through. >> seth: yep. >> and you went to banana republic because you had to change clothes and bought a whole new outfit. >> seth: yeah. i had like -- i had spent the whole night sleeping and writing. >> yeah. >> seth: and i thought, i'm doing so well right now, i can buy a new shirt and pants. [ laughter ] and that's when i had it made. that's when i had it made. >> it's been downhill from there. >> seth: yeah. it has been downhill. i'm still wearing those pants. so congrats. this is the second season of the show, "the exorcist." >> yes. >> seth: this is your first season on it. >> yes. >> seth: you had not seen the original film it was based on until very recently? >> no, i recently saw it. it's excellent. but i had been scarred because a horror movie was the first movie i ever saw at the age of six. >> seth: oh you didn't see a kids' movie as your first movie? >> no. [ laughter ] my first movie ever was "death ship part two." and the reason is my family -- my dad took us to a movie theater when we immigrated to
houston from korea when i was six. and it was a dollar a seat movie theater and it was air conditioned. so he took us to see this movie. and in korea there were no r-rated movies. everything goes through the censors. so it was all g-rated. we go in there, and i think within three minutes a woman was impaled on a huge hook. >> seth: yeah. >> and, you know, they did one of these to my eyes. >> seth: oh, yeah. >> that will do it. that will do it. >> seth: yeah, you probably have to do that a lot during "death ship part two." [ laughter ] i would imagine once that goes through the korean censors, it's like a 7-minute film. [ laughter ] g-rate "death ship part two." >> it's just a bunch of wide shots of the ship. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah, they like pipe in the peter pan soundtrack. [ laughter ] so you came when you were six from korea. when you told your parents that you wanted to be an actor, was that something as immigrants that they couldn't conceive of? >> that's right. yeah, they were -- you know, i think my dad was -- you know,
took a look at the television and said, i don't see people that look like you on the television. i think you maybe better pivot. but he did see asians on the news. >> seth: oh. okay. >> so he said -- he suggested that i go into reading the news on air. kind of like you, i guess. >> seth: yeah. except that's what -- >> the desk. >> seth: when my dad saw my first school play, he said, "you should do the news." [ laughter ] and so you were in a fantastic film that got wonderful reviews. "columbus." >> oh, yeah. thank you. >> seth: and that must of been -- that you shot that in columbus, indiana. >> that's correct. >> seth: i remember you were off to shoot it, last time you were here. >> last time, yeah. yeah, it's a very good movie about two people that meet in this town called columbus, indiana. that -- because of this industrialist that lives there, joseph irwin. he just decided out of civic pride that they needed to have world class architecture. so it's just one after the other, from churches to the fire stations to the elementary schools to the libraries.
it's just one masterpiece after another. and these two people bond over their love of architecture. it's a fantastic film. >> seth: congratulations. and also, i've heard tell you had a bit of a nude scene. >> yes. >> seth: yeah. thank you. correct response. [ laughter ] >> no, thank -- thank you. >> seth: correct response, yeah. correct response. >> it was from the back. [ laughter ] but, no. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: incorrect response. [ laughter ] god. >> i did not see that coming. i should have. but yeah, it was from the back. it was this very beautiful shower and they came to me and said, "would you be willing?" and you know what i decided, seth? i couldn't think of an asian male butt in american cinema and i said, somebody has to do it. >> seth: oh, that's fantastic. so you broke -- [ cheers and applause ] you broke the butt line. >> i broke the butt barrier. >> seth: yeah.
you broke the glass underpants? [ laughter ] but you -- so you have a -- i did not know this from our time working together. i guess one of the reasons i didn't know this was we were on such a low budget film, we did not have trailers. >> no. >> seth: but you have a tradition, during lunch, that you do not like to wear your character's costume during lunch. >> i don't. so i do get down to my skivvies at lunch in my trailer. >> seth: and what is it -- is it psychologically you just want to -- are you worried about spilling or do you want to like, leave the character? >> mostly i just want to be myself. and then i just feel like, you brush your teeth and you put on your costume, and then it's like, it's basically eight o'clock and the show is starting. >> seth: yeah. and so i get undressed. sometimes they leave the microphone on so i'm just in my underwear and an ankle pack. microphone on my chest. but that's how i eat lunch. so you're welcome, anytime you want to stop by. >> seth: and then do people --
[ laughter ] do people ever walk in on you? is that something that ever happens? >> i get the knock, and i just -- you know, i do one of -- >> seth: okay, gotcha. >> answer the door like that. >> seth: yeah, so they can't tell that you're eating. >> that was miming. >> seth: that's very good. your kids are nine and 14? >> nine and four. >> seth: nine and four. right. no, 14 wouldn't have made sense. [ laughter ] but you -- how is their halloween planning going? >> there is -- i don't think i'm going to be there, but there's costumes being purchased over the amazon. >> seth: do they come to you for counsel? do they want your take, or are they very much single-minded about it? >> no, you know, my boy in particular just dreams up crazy outfits. >> seth: so like not like existing characters. >> non-existent. they don't shop. and he's always been like that and because his mother is an angel. she just executes. >> seth: oh, so he goes to her and says, "this is what i'm thinking." >> "this is what i want. let's make it happen." >> seth: yeah. what is -- like what sort of thing. >> well, i think -- his first halloween, he said i want to be a wii-u controller. >> seth: okay.
[ laughter ] so he wanted to be a video game controller. >> remote. yeah. and so that was -- so there was just -- there was a panic. boxes were purchased. >> seth: yeah. >> paint was bought. >> seth: because that is a true white hot panic of you can go to amazon and you can't find it. >> you can't find it. yeah, so. >> seth: so, is your wife craftsy? can she kind of like put it together? >> yeah, i mean enough. it's pretty easy to impress a 5-year-old. >> seth: yeah, that's true. that's great. it would be a bummer if he's like, "i was hoping for a little -- add more accuracy." well that's very exciting. and always so exciting to have you here. really appreciate it john. >> oh man, always. >> seth: such a pleasure. >> thank you so much. >> seth: john cho, everybody. "the exorcist" airs friday nights on fox. we'll be right back with music from zz ward. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ remember 2007?
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