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captioning sponsored by cbs >> amazon officially announced it will not be building an additional headquarters in new york. in a statement, the company said, "a number of state and local politicians have made it clear, they oppose our presence and will not work with us." ♪ ♪ ( laughter ) >> announcer: it's "the late show" with stephen colbert. tonight, borderline emergency.
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plus, stephen welcomes: bradley cooper. and mayor pete buttigieg. featuring jon batiste and "stay human." and now, live on tape from the ed sullivan theater in new york city, it's stephen colbert! ( cheers and applause ) ( theme song playing ) >> stephen: hey! ( cheers and applause ) ♪ ♪ >> stephen: hello! hey, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) come on! please have a seat, everybody. what a nice, energetic crowd. thanks for being here. welcome to "the late show." i'm your host, stephen colbert. ( cheers and applause ) first of all, happy-- let me start off by saying, happy valentine's day! ( cheers and applause ) happy valentine's day to everybody! i'm going to spend tonight with those i love the most-- my audience. ( cheers and applause )
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( piano riff ) tonight's the night. ( laughter ) relationship's getting pretty serious, is what i'm saying. ( laughter ) also, tomorrow is the deadline for a budget deal in congress. so, what happened was, a bipartisan group of lawmakers today delivered their border compromise plan to the president. now, there was some question whether he'd actually sign it, because the deal offered trump "less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion he wanted for barriers along the u.s.-mexico border." he does get 55 miles of fencing along the border, but not walls, "based on new steel or concrete prototypes mr. trump has promoted." wow. that's a-- that's a serious walk-back. ( laughter ) "honey, i know you wanted a diamond engagement ring, but what about this candy necklace that says 'hot n' horny'? ( laughter ) uh-huh? you can eat it!" ( piano riff )
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( applause ) now, we recorded this earlier-- this is earlier, right? this isn't later? >> jon: yeah. >> stephen: this is earlier. we recorded this earlier, but i assume he signed it, even though he claims he could get all the funding he wants for his wall, if he just declared a national emergency. that, of course, would be insane. >> jon: mm-hmm. >> stephen: it would be usurping congress' power. there would be immediate court challenges. many in his own party have said it would set a terrible precedent of unconstitutional overreach by the executive branch. so, i seriously doub-- i'm sorry, mitch mcconnell? >> i've just had an opportunity to speak with president trump, and he-- i would say to all my colleagues, has indicated that he's prepared to sign the bill. he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time. >> stephen: (as mcconnell) "and you can tell by the tone of my voice and the urgency with which i'm informing you, that this is a true national emergency.
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( laughter ) in a related matter, i see that the senate chamber is on fire and filled with scorpions. everybody... everybody, run. run for your lives." now. ( laughter ) ( piano riff ) ( cheers and applause ) speaker of the house nancy pelosi was none too pleased, and she had a warning for the future-- >> i know the republicans have some unease about it, no matter what they say. because if the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the american people. >> stephen: or, a president with any values. i think about that all the time. ( cheers and applause ) oh... ( piano riff )
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again, we recorded this earlier, but, if he does declare a national emergency to get his wall, where's the money going to come from? well, sources say he's going to take it from "disaster relief funds intended for california and puerto rico." ( audience boos ) ( as trump ) "i mean, no, no-- boo all you want, but, really-- really, folks, what's the difference? fires, hurricanes, my administration, they're all disasters. just, seek higher ground. ( cheers and applause ) seek higher-- seek higher ground." trump's childish reaction shouldn't come as a complete surprise, because he warned us yesterday that no matter what congress said, his wall was getting built. >> the wall is very, very on its way. it's happening as we speak. and it's a big wall. it's a strong wall. it's a wall that people aren't going through very easy. you'd have to be in extremely good shape to get over this one.
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they would be able to climb mount everest a lot easier. ( laughter ) >> stephen: i don't know what the-- mount everest? what the hell is he talking about? is he going to build the wall straight up? ( laughter ) "you're going to need oxygen. you're going to need oxygen." ( laughter ) there's more disturbing news about trump and russia. this time it comes from former f.b.i. acting director and courageous upper lip donor, andrew mccabe. ( laughter ) ( cheers and applause ) "f.b.i., freeze. f.b.i. ( laughter ) i'll take that back, thank you." he's going to be interviewed this sunday by our friend scott pelley on the "60 minutes," but they released an advance clip,
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and mccabe says that, right after james comey was fired and, his number one mission was protecting the russia investigation from the president. >> i was very concerned that i was able to put the russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion, that were i removed quickly or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace. >> stephen: good, and that's important, because trump is good at making things vanish. his casinos. his airline. he has not seen his feet in years. ( laughter ) ( applause ) according-- according-- clean up that top a little bit, that'd be great. that's on him. now, according to mccabe, after comey was fired and people in the media complained, trump called him to try to change the narrative. and he did it on a phone that was not secure, saying: ( as trump )
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"people are really happy about the fact that the director's gone, and it's just remarkable what people are saying. have you seen that? are you seeing that, too?" evidently the phone line wasn't the only thing that was insecure. ( as trump ) "a lot of people-- no, i'm telling you. hello. hi. hello. hello, andrew, yeah. a lot of people are saying this is not obstruction of justice. are you hearing that, too? because i'm seeing a list of people i'm going to fire as acting directors of the f.b.i. there's only one name. are you seeing this list, too?" now, if you recall, comey found out he was fired while on official business in california. and mccabe says that on their phone call, trump began to talk about how upset he was that comey had flown home on his government plane. ( as trump ) "firing was too good for that s.o.b. i wanted him to suffer the deepest shame possible-- delta coach.
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okay?" ( laughter ) mccabe's account also includes details about his former boss, deputy attorney general and lab partner with a secret crush on you-- ( laughter ) rod rosenstein. apparently, rosenstein was shocked that the white house was making it look as if comey's firing had been his idea, saying, "there's no one that i can talk to about this. there's no one here that i can trust." yep, pretty soon that's what is going to go on the dollar bill, "trust no one." ( laughter and applause ) now, the department of justice denies mccabe's claims, and so does the president, who tweeted, "disgraced f.b.i. acting director andrew mccabe pretends to be a 'poor little angel,' when, in fact, he was a big part of the crooked hillary scandal and the russia hoax-- a puppet for leakin' james comey."
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what the hell? he's back to "crooked hillary" and "russia hoax?" oh, wait. oh, no. did someone reset donald trump to factory settings? ( laughter ) we're going to lose our playlists. we're going to lose all of our playlists, jon! >> jon: not the playlists! >> stephen: we'll lose the photos. did we back him up? tell me we backed him up! >> jon: come on, man. get it together. icloud. >> stephen: here's some news close to home. you'll remember a few months ago, amazon announced that they were building a second headquarters here in new york city. well, earlier today, they cancelled those plans. which raises the question, how many pictures does new york have of jeff bezos' penis? ( laughter ) we don't know. >> jon: oh, my. >> stephen: in a statement, amazon said, "we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for amazon in queens." i will give you this, amazon, telling people you're going to queens and then bailing at the last minute is one thing new yorkers can really relate to. ( laughter and applause ) now-- "i-- i'll meet you there."
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new york mayor bill de blasio was quick to weigh in, saying, "we have the best talent in the world. if amazon can't recognize what that's worth, its competitors will." damn right, mr. mayor! just one question-- who are the competitors to amazon, again? is it sears? is it-- is it woolworth's? >> jon: i don't know. >> stephen: is it gimbel's? ( laughter ) we've got a great show for you tonight. bradley cooper is here! but when we return, i look at this year's best valentine's cards. stick around! it's romantic! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) reese's eggs are back and we hid them somewhere you'll never find... sike! we put them everywhere. grocery stores and supermarkets, gas stations, and chiropctor'sfficesbowlin,
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( band playing ) ( cheers and applause )
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>> stephen: jon batiste and "stay human," everybody! give it up for the band, right there. happy thursday. happy thursday. ♪ ♪ ( cheers and applause ) as i said before, it's valentine's day. when love is in the air, and walgreens takes down the christmas decorations for ten minutes before the easter stuff comes out. and people love to give each other valentine's day cards. but even the best valentine's cards don't always nail it on the first try. which is why, tonight, we're taking a look at some early efforts in our segment, "first drafts!" ♪ ♪ >> no, no! stupid! ♪ ♪ ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: as always-- as always on "first drafts," we need some help from the audience. is anybody-- is there a couple? a couple together? you guys? come here! come here, come here! come on up! come on up! you, too, fella! get up there! please have a seat. there you go. now, what are your names? >> taylor.
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>> stephen: and? >> david. >> stephen: and what? >> david. >> stephen: taylor and david. >> yes. >> stephen: thank you so much for joining me. >> thank you. >> stephen: you actually raised your hands before i got to the end of my question, which was, "is anybody here a couple?" are you guys a couple? >> we are. >> yes. >> stephen: okay, good. well then-- >> it worked out. >> stephen: i don't have to kick you out, get somebody else. that's nice. ( laughter ) are you guys from new york? >> no, we're from st. pete, florida. >> stephen: okay. >> anyone? ( applause ) >> stephen: okay, yeah. and what are you doing in the city? >> we're just-- we kind of came for-- our anniversary is actually tomorrow. >> stephen: your anniversary is the day after valentine's day? >> it is, yeah. >> stephen: so close, so close. >> do you think he planned that? >> i might have. it just kind of worked out that way. >> stephen: well, have you guys ever seen "first drafts," that we do on the show? do you know what's going to happen? >> i have not. >> no, not really. >> stephen: you have not seen it? >> hm-nnm.( ) >> steph: we do it a lot( la ) >> okay.>>tephenneseen it.( htei
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yeah, what are your favorite things we do on the show? what are your favorite things we do on the show? ( laughter ) >> your monologues are great. >> stephen: oh, okay. anything i do that the other guys don't do? the band's good? the band's good? >> yeah. >> stephen: okay. i'm not in the band. ( laughter ) couldn't get tickets to fallon. all right. ( laughter ) and now, here's what we're going to do. here's what we're going to do. here's how it works. what we have here is a stack of cards. the card on top will be the card that gets sold. the card below it is the first draft, that was not successful, so they had to re-write it into the card that was sellable. do you understand the premise of our jokes now? >> i understand. >> stephen: now, what i'd like you to do, if you don't mind, would you hold these, and hand them to me one at a time? >> sure. >> stephen: okay. let's start with the first one. thank you very much. here's a lovely card that says "happy valentine's day! you have a pizza my heart." ( laughter ) that's sweet. that's sweet. i love you in a limited fashion. there you go. but the first draft said, "happy valentine's day! cannoli we take things slower? i'm afraid of mara-narriage." ( laughter )
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true. ( applause ) that's true. that's a real feeling. are you guys-- i ask, but are you guys married? >> we are not. >> we are not married. but we do live together. >> stephen: okay. wow, wow. >> co-habitate. >> stephen: you co-habitate. a lot of people do that these days, i hear that's very modern. >> yeah. >> stephen: yeah. >> yeah. >> stephen: are your parents cool with this? >> ahh... yeah. >> at 28 and 35, i feel like-- >> stephen: you had to think about it, though. he had to think. >> i had to think about it. >> is she not? are they not? ( laughter ) >> i don't know, i had to think about it. that's why i had to think. >> stephen: give me the top one. we were in an episode of the "newlywed game" for a second there. ( laughter ) here's a nice one. you'll like this one. it says, "the only thing i love more than me and you... is us." ( audience reacts ) really, really sweet. but, the first draft read, "the only thing i love more than me and you... is 'this is us.' seriously, if you talk through
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it again, i will leave you." ( laughter ) okay. it says, "to my valentine. love means never having to say you're sorry." that is a classic right there. but the first draft said, "to my valentine. love means posting bail for me without making a whole 'thing' about it." ( laughter ) ( applause ) would you do that? would you post bail for him? >> i would, of course. >> stephen: have you had to post bail for him? >> no. >> stephen: no? it's not a crazy question. you're both from florida. >> he's very well-behaved. ( laughter ) >> stephen: you guys could be on work release right now, for all i know. ( piano riff ) ( laughter ) can i get one more? let's try this right here. here's one that says "happy valentine's day! i love you." simple, to the point. but the first draft said, "happy valentine's day! i don't love you!"
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( laughter ) that's a rookie mistake. that's a rookie mistake. do you remember the first time you said "i love you" to each other? >> yes. >> yes. >> stephen: when was that? >> it was actually in her apartment in fort lauderdale. >> that was five years, tomorrow. >> was it? actually when we started dating? >> yeah, it was. >> stephen: was it? it was on your anniversary? >> or, it was actually-- i'm sorry, guys. two weeks later. >> yeah, like, get it right. >> i apologize. ( laughter ) >> stephen: women. women never remember the date. that is so-- you know what i forgot to give you guys? >> no. >> stephen: he knew? >> i guess so. >> yeah. >> stephen: i forgot to give you chocolate. ( audience reacts ) >> oh, thank you! >> stephen: and a flower. >> oh! you can have that. >> stephen: i took a bite out of most of those. ( laughter ) can i have another one? >> oh, yeah, sorry. i got distracted. we're way long, right? very little of this is going to make it to air. we're 11 minutes, we've been talking for 11 minutes? i'm afraid, i'm going to have to
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tell bradley cooper, "we don't have time for you tonight." ( laughter ) we had to bump bradley for these people. this one's nice. it says, "to a marvelous husband and an incredible father. happy valentine's day!" i would love to get one of those. ( laughter ) but the first draft says, "to a marvelous husband, and an incredible father. sorry i didn't get you separate cards, these things are like five bucks. i love you, dad and tim!" ( laughter ) thank you so much! >> thank you so much! >> thank you so much. >> stephen: happy valentine's day! happy valentine's day! stay right there! don't go! we'll be right back with bradley cooper. you're going to love him. ♪ ♪ ♪ oh oh oh oh oh ♪ it's taking over ♪ there's no escape ♪ you better get moving ♪ ready or not ♪ it's about to go down here it comes now ♪ ♪ get ready ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ oh oh oh oh ♪ get ready
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for a treat, because my first guest tonight is a talented young man who seems to be doing quite well for himself. his directorial debut is picking up some buzz... and eight oscar nominations. please welcome to the "late show," bradley cooper! ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) >> stephen: nice to have you on. >> wow, thanks for having me. >> stephen: oh, pleasure having you. pleasure having you. ( cheers and applause ) >> beautiful. >> stephen: thanks, yeah, love it, lucky to be here. >> yeah, me, too. >> stephen: wow. it's so nice to finally have a chance to talk to you. >> oh, me, too.
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thank you. is this mine or yours? >> stephen: that's yours. i keep mine over there so the guests can't sneeze in it. >> got it. ( laughter ) >> stephen: how have you been? you have been a busy man. >> yeah. >> stephen: you have been traveling all over the world. i know you came here from london. >> yeah, i just arrived from london today, we were there for the bafta awards last night. and that was amazing. >> stephen: now, on sunday night, you won a grammy. >> yeah, oh, that's right, sunday night. ( cheers and applause ) yeah, that old thing. yeah. >> stephen: and it's your first grammy. >> correct. and only, probably ever. >> stephen: well, you never know. you never know, i've got two. >> yeah. ( laughter ) >> stephen: with lady gaga-- >> it's a great christmas album. we laugh, we laugh a lot. stephen: thank you uch. and lady gaga was there. you were not able to be there because you were in london. >> right, right. y have been there? have because, actually, i have a grammy for you right now. this is-- >> it's the most beautiful award. ( cheers and applause )
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>> stephen: it is, and it's practical, too. you can actually play a record on it. >> and we had to, because-- in the grammys, it was a big deal, because there was a scene in the grammys in the movie. and to get the permission for us to actually have a grammy-- so we actually made a grammy, and it was too small, because we didn't realize just how-- i mean, this is quite something. >> stephen: yeah. >> because we didn't, they had-- they said, well, you could do it, but we have the permission to say, you take it out of the movie if we don't like that scene. >> stephen: they're very ticklish about how you use it. you cannot show it-- you can't show it this way. it has to be shown this way. >> wow, yeah, that's-- >> stephen: and whatever you do, you're not allowed to take the bell off-- you can't take the bell off for any reason. ( laughter ) you can't. they get really mad about that. they get really mad about that, so don't do it. let's edhapaut, please. all right, so, "and the winner is..." >> oh my gosh. >> stephen: "lady gaga, bradley cooper!" ( cheers and applause ) there you go. ♪ ♪ ( applause ) >> he's the winner!
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( cheers and applause ) ( laughter ) >> stephen: that was very emotional. >> yeah, that was. >> stephen: that was beautiful. >> awards don't-- >> stephen: awards don't define me, as jon says. >> let's hope not. >> stephen: yeah. ( laughter ) you're up for a lot of them, though. up for a lot of them. this picture, this is the first thing you've directed, right? >> yes. >> stephen: damn you. ( laughter ) it's so beautiful. you know, i like you. ct i don't mindhat ar attractive. but leave something for the rest of us, bradley cooper. nominated for best picture, best adapted screenplay, best actor, best actress, best supporting
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actor, best cinematography, best sound mixing, best original song. it's an amazing story of creativity and love and friendship and addiction and heartbreak. why was this-- why was this the story that you wanted to make your first movie about? >> real quick, i just wanted to say, you had lady gaga on, which was an incredible interview. and also, you went to the national board of review and you gave such a great speech. and it was just-- for somebody like you to come out and talk about a movie so favorably and explain why it moved you, meant so much to me. so i really want to thank you for that, because not everybody does that. ( applause ) sorry, but i'm serious, man. that really touched me. >> stephen: i-- i-- >> because, as you do too. i'm sure you could do this show and someone-- and you're, like, oh, it actually sometimes works, and you get it back, and that's the whole deal, man. right? >> stephen: well, i think i might have said this to the national board of review, is that, you know, when people come on the show, i don't have a chance to see their movies. >> right, yod say th. you actually-- ! >> stephen: i said, you know, if you come on my show, chances are, i didn't see your movie.
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but if it helps, i also didn't read your book. ( laughter ) >> right, right, yeah. >> stephen: because i do 202 days of this a year. and i really want to, especially if somebody says, no, you have to go see it in a movie theater. i want you to see it on the big screen. >> i apologize for that. >> stephen: not at all. >> you understood why? >> stephen: after i saw it. >> yes, yes. >> stephen: when i went in, i went in with an extremely bad attitude. ( laughter ) so, just to even think it was good, it had to be great. i walked out of this movie thinking, thank god such things exist. it's so ambitious. it's an old-fashioned movie in some ways. did you-- was that intentional? >> well, i think there are elements-- well, i don't know. the intention was to make an epic movie that was intimate, that was always the intention. to have it be utterly cinematic in the way that i love movies, but also to have it be extremely and maybe that's because i love movies by hal ashby and cindy lamet, there's definitely that influence. and also i was trying to pay homage to the other movies, like when she walks up, you know, up through the bowels of the building, you see the big chyron
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of "a star is born" while she's singing the preamble to "somewhere over the rainbow." that was sort of a feeling of-- >> stephen: that's the 1954 credit of that? >> yeah, it's that version, even though that one's gold, but yes. it evoked that. >> stephen: yeah, that's the moment, like, three minutes into the movie, that i thought, "oh, there is something great about this movie." and two hours later, i said to myself, "no, you were wrong. there's everything great about this movie." i kept on waiting for you to blow it. ( laughter ) >> waiting or wanting? >> stephen: no, not wanting at all! i just kind of think it was like-- >> because you were in the theater. >> stephen: it was like watching somebody throw-- pitch a no- hitter. like, i didn't want to say anything. i don't want to say anything. >> right, right. i had time. i had the luxury of time, i have to say. >> stephen: what do you mean? >> well, meaning, i spent a long time on the movie. a lonpost, ag anmixing the moviecod get ready for the shooting. and i don't know how to do it any shorter than that. and not everybody has all that time, i don't think. >> stephen: well, you made some extraordinary choices, that-- i mean, we don't have time to break down scene by scene. but the thing that sort of
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sticks out to me is, when you are watching her rehearse. this is sort of later on in the movie. and the camera just stays on you watching her. we never see her doing these wonderful performances, it's just looking at you watching her in the rehearsal room. and the colors, and you're just seeing reflecting across you. >> oh, yes, after the fight. >> stephen: after the fight, yes. >> stephen: and i just thought, how did you have the patience and the maturity to not take the camera away in that moment? to just let it rest? there's so much patience in so many of these scenes, without being indulgent, where you allow the actor all the time they need to show us how they feel. >> you know, and that was a beautiful marriage of working with a great cinematographer like matty libatique. because that scene also is about him coming around on seeing the artistry in what she does, as opposed to him having this idea that "you only have to sing this way." so you're hearing this pop song on the left side of the frame, and you only see, they're almost like ghosts. you know, black figures. and so he's seeing that and you're watching his face hopefully start to change and
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actually appreciate what she's doing in that shot. so the hope is there's a lot going on in the left side of the frame, too, because they're abstract figures. am i getting way too-- ? >> stephen: not at all. >> so, i loved that shot. and it was really hard, actually, because we were trying to-- we had to maneuver the mirrors in a way you didn't see the cameras, but you could see those figures. but that's the beauty of making movies i love. that's what i love. >> stephen: the intimacy between ali and jackson in this is one of the most beautiful love stories i've ever seen. heartbreaking, but beautiful and intimate and felt very real to me. we have a clip here, it's you and lady gaga, jackson and ali. and do you know what is going on here? what's just happened? >> this is the rehab scene, i believe. >> stephen: this is after the grammys? >> this is right after the grammys, when he hit his bottom, now he's been there two mont, k she's going toit hor the first time. >> stephen: all right, jim? >> i'm sorry i did that. >> it's okay.
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it's not your fault. it's a disease. >> no, but i embarrassed you. i embarrassed you. >> i'm not embarrassed of you. >> it was so wrong. and then your-- and then your dad. >> my father loves you. it's okay. >> i know, but i-- i... >> it's okay. it's okay. >> oh, man. she was so wonderful in that scene. ( applause ) i had two cameras at the same time. >> stephen: mm-hmm. >> and i remember, that just sort of happened. dit expect for tton,cksoushen sort of uched face., i ink thao and juhe wayhe touches h
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just-- you know, you pray that an actor's going to do something like that, and she did that in droves throughout the whole shooting process. so i was very lucky. >> stephen: we have to take a little break. please don't go anywhere. don't you go anywhere. we'll be back with more mr. bradley cooper, stick around! ( cheers and applause ) what would i say to somebody keep being you.? keep loving. keep aspiring. keep striving. and ask your doctor about biktarvy. once-a-day treatment used for hiv in certain adults. it's not a cure, but with one small pill, biktarvy fights hiv with three different medicines to help you get to undetectable. that means the amount of virus is so low it can't be measured in lab tests.
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hey, we're back! we're back with bradley cooper, everybody! ( cheers and applause ) bradley, all right-- all right. we had sam elliott on here, who plays-- what's your brother's name? >> bobby. >> stephen: bobby. and he said, the first time he came to talk to you about being in the film, he said that he had seen that you had already stolen his voice. >> yes. >> stephen: because you just always imagined that he would be playing-- >> no! it was quite-- the truth is-- well, i knew that, as was revealed when i went up on stage in vegas, that, you know, i had to create a character, because that guy certainly is not a rock star. >> stephen: what, you mean when you went up just the other day? >> yes. >> stephen: here's the photo, here's you and lady gaga in vegas. >> so, she asked me to come up on stage at the end of her incredible show, that she's doing a residency, which you all should go see, for two years. and the jazz show, which you've got to go see. one night she does jazz, which is amazing. so i went up there, and then i watched the video back, and we sang it live-- well, i mean, i went up there
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but i always had this, like, warm-up line, which was a line from an interview he did at sundance, which is what i played him when he came to my house. ( low voice ) "this part here is about as good as it gets for me. yeah, something like that." ( cheers and applause ) i never do that! i can't believe i just did that. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: well, speaking of the idiot from philadelphia, you know, singing, you're going to sing at the oscars with lady gaga, i understand. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> stephen: are you nervous about that, or are you ready to get your jackson maine back on? >> you know, he's gone. i'm not going to try to get him back, but i will be me, singing. >> stephen: this is her. this is her sunday night. what is your body suit going to look like? ( laughter ) >> i think that i'm just going to keep the tux on. >> stephen: okay. >> yeah, what am i going to do? >> stephen: take the tux off. >> and put on what? because jackson's gone. you know what i mean. ( cheers and applause ) but no, hopefully, my hope is that i'm going to-- i fly back tonight to l.a., i'm going to
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start rehearsing with this great vocal coach, roger love, who i worked with the whole time on the movie, and i hope to be present and enjoy it, andhopefug sung that night. >> stephen: well, thank you so much for being here. >> oh, thank you. >> stephen: i know you've come a long way, and got a long way to go. >> thanks. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: "a star is born" is in theaters now. bradley cooper, everybody! we'll be right back with mayor pete buttigieg. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) when i walked through a snowstorm for a cigarette,
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weeks ago yesterday. >> stephen: okay, and what does that mean? that means you're exploring to see whether you will run? what is exploratory? people start with that, but-- >> yeah, you get known, you raise the money, you put the organization in place and as the signs continue pointing to yes, then, one big day, you have your launch. >> stephen: now, your appearance on my show, is this part of the exploratory committee? >> we're exploring, yeah. >> stephen: okay. i'm sorry i didn't have a pith helmet for us. >> nice place you got here. >> stephen: thank you very much. now, for anybody who don't know, tell the people who you are. >> sure, so, 37 years old, born and raised in south bend, which is a great city in the industrial midwest. i'm a veteran of the war in afghanistan, i'm in my eighth year as mayor, and i just opened an exploratory committee to run for president. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: now-- did you just say 37? >> yes, sir. >> stephen: 37. that would-- if you were to win, you would be the youngest president in american history. >> that's right. >> stephen: younger than t.r. >> yeah. >> stephen: what's the rush? why run for president now?
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why not get a little more salt and pepper in the hair, and a little more moss under the soles of your feet, before you run for president? >> well, i don't think you do this because you want to do it "some day." i think you run for any office because you think the needs of the office meet the moment and what you bring to the table. and, you know, in many ways, i think being from a younger generation, it's one of the main reasons to do this. you know, i belong to the school shooting generation. i was in high school when columbine happened. we're the generation that provided most of the troops for the conflicts after 9/11. we're the generation that's going to be on the business end of climate change, and if nothing changes economically, we'll be the first generation ever to make less than our parents. so, i believe that no one has more at stake right now than younger people coming up. and i think about the way the world is going to look in 2054, when i reach the current age of the current president? why not have someone in there ofountryatas a personal issue, not "sod 's pblem"? >> stephen: now, you're the mayor of south bend.
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how big of a town is that? >> we're just over 100,000. >> stephen: just over 100,000. and the next job you would like is to be president of the united states, and the leader of the free world. and i don't say that necessarily as a joke. that's a big leap. it's not as big a leap as, you know, reality show host to president. >> clearly. ( laughter and applause ) >> stephen: but it is a big leap, you will admit. >> no, it is. but when you think about it, i mean-- yes, look, it's audacious, almost obscene, for somebody my age. but really, any human being, to think they belong in that office. and, yet, everybody who's had that office has been a mortal human being who's brought their experience to the table. i have more perience in government than the president, i have more executive experience than the vice president. i have more military experience than anyone to arrive at that desk since george h.w. bush. ( cheers and applause ) so, i know it sounds a little-- it might sound a little cheeky, as the young guy in the race,
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but largely this is about my experience. you know, as a mayor, you're on the front lines. you are responsible for everything. one minute, it's parks and rec, the next minute, it's an officer-involved shooting with racial sensitivity. you have to handle it all. and you understand the job of executive leadership in government is making policy, yes. capably running an administration, for sure. but also just bringing people together. and all three of the elements are just sorely missing in the current occupant of the white house. ( applause ) >> stephen: this is all true. this is all true. you would also-- if elected, you would be the first openly gay president of the united states. >> yep. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: and as i said, when we first talked about you announcing, when we were talking about it in your monologue last week, i said, what i really like about america right now, is that's, like, the third thing i learned about you. you know? that's no longer the bannerlines to run for public office. do you see yourself as a
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trailblazer in this way? >> i mean, on one hand, i'm very conscious of the historic nature of the candidacy like that, and i do hope that it makes it, if nothing else, it makes it easier for the next person who comes along. but i also think that, you know, we need to work toward a world where it's not newsworthy at all. like, i envision a future someday-- you know, it was really hard trying to figure out how to come out. i was mayor already. i had kind of reached the point in life where i wanted to come out, i wanted to have a personal life. inconveniently, i was in the middle of a reelection campaign, and i just decided it was time to do it. and we didn't know what the politics would be. i'm from a socially conservative community. but, i just came out there, said who i was, and i wound up getting reelected with 80% of the vote. ( cheers and applause ) at a time when-- >> stephen: was mike pence governor at the time? >> yeah, mike pence was the governor at the time. >> stephen: did you work with mike pence? >> yeah, i mean, look, it's the job of a mayor to work with anybody who can benefit the city. >> stephen: good guy? everybody like him? >> he's nice.
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if he were here, you would think he is a nice guy to your face, but he's also just fanatical. he really believes-- i mean, he's written that, you know, cigarettes don't kill, and i think, he seems to think the universe was created a few thousand years ago, and that people like me get up in the morning and decide to be gay. and the thing about it is, if that was a choice, it was a choice that was made way above my pay grade. and so what he doesn't realize is that his quarrel is with my creator. my marriage has moved me closer to god, and i wish he respected that. ( applause ) >> stephen: well, let's talk presidential for a second. donald trump looks like he's declaring a national emergency. what is your definition of national emergency? he's saying the border, the caravans, the supercars-- his words, not mine-- what is your idea of a national emergency? >> look, as a mayor, you know a thing or two about emergencies. let me tell you about two times we had to activate the emergency operation center in south bend.
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they were 18 months apart. one was for a thousand-year flood, and one was what we were told was a 500-year flood-- which either means i have preposterous statistical luck, or we have a problem with climate change. it's not just happening on the north pole, it is happening in communities like mine. that's an emergency. ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: well, you've got a new book. it's called "the shortest way home." pete buttigieg, everybody. thank you for being here, mr. mayor. good luck with your campaign. we'll be right back.
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