Denzel Washington’s Dinner Table Has Seen Some Legends


>>Stephen: THANK YOU FOR
BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>Stephen: I HAVE WANTED TO
TALK TO YOU FOR A LONG TIME.>>WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG.>>Stephen: I DON’T KNOW, I
DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW. I THINK YOU’RE A BUSY MAN IS THE
PROBLEM. WELCOME BACK TO THE ED SULLIVAN
THEATER. I KNOW YOU CAME HERE MANY TIMES
WITH DAVE. ALSO, THIS THEATER MEANT
SOMETHING TO YOU AS A CHILD BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND YOU WATCHED
THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: I REMEMBER IT FROM
WHEN I WAS A CHILD. ARE THERE ANY PERFORMANCES THAT
REALLY STOOD OUT TO YOU?>>THE BEATLES.>>Stephen: THE BEATLES. YEAH, WHEN THE BEATLES CAME,
THAT WAS THE BIGGEST.>>Stephen: WOW. I ACTUALLY DIDN’T LIKE THE ED
SULLIVAN SHOW BECAUSE I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO GO TO BED
AFTERWARDS. YOU KNOW THAT FEELING, ED
SULLIVAN, BONANZA.>>Stephen: THE HOME WORK
DONE, YOU HAVE TO GO TO BED. YOU KNOW THE GIRLS THAT SCREAM? THEY SAT BACK THERE.>>FOR THE BEATLES?>>Stephen: AND FOR YOU, SAME
THING. I THINK OF YOU AS A ONE-MAN
BEATLE.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: MORE IMPORTANTLY. THAT’S IMPORTANT ENOUGH JUST
BEING THE ONE-MAN BEATLE.>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND YOU
NOT ONLY MET NELSON MANDELA BUT YOU HOSTED HIM IN YOUR HOME.>>HE CAME TO THE HOUSE.>>Stephen: WHEN AND WHY WAS
THAT?>>IT WAS SO AMAZING. HE — HE WAS QUITE A CHARMER. WE WENT TO SOUTH AFRICA, MY WIFE
AND I. I HAD BREAKFAST WITH ARCHBISHOP
DESMOND TUTU AND LUNCH WITH NELSON MANDELA. SO HE MEETS ME AND MY WIFE AND
HE IMMEDIATELY SAYS TO HER, OH! I SEE WHY HE’S THE SUCCESS THAT
HE IS BECAUSE OF YOU! EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT HER. AND SHE’S JUST LIKE — AND I’M
LIKE, OKAY, I DID A FEW THINGS, NELSON, BUT — YOU KNOW —
( LAUGHTER ) NO. YOU CAN IMAGINE.>>Stephen: HE WAS WORKING
THAT NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.>>EXACTLY! SO I FORGOT HOW IT HAPPENED, BUT
HE WAS COMING TO AMERICA AND HE WAS COMING TO CALIFORNIA, AND HE
CAME TO OUR HOUSE.>>Stephen: SO DID YOU MAKE
DINNER FOR HIM?>>I DIDN’T, NO. I WOULD HAVE. I WOULD HAVE.>>Stephen: SURE. BUT HE WAS LIKE A GRANDFATHER
THAT CAME BY, AND WE HAD SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE
WORLD THAT CAME BY THE HOUSE, AND IT WAS A GREAT SHOT OF
EVERYBODY JUST LEANING IN, LISTENING TO HIM, TELLING
STORIES.>>Stephen: WHAT YEAR WAS
THIS?>>I THINK IT’S 2001-ISH.>>Stephen: YOU’VE ALSO HOSTED
OPRAH AT YOUR HOUSE.>>SHE WAS THERE THAT DAY.>>Stephen: OH, WOW. IT’S RARE OPRAH’S NOT THE
BIGGEST PERSON IN THE ROOM.>>YEAH, IT WAS LIKE THAT. YOU HAD PEOPLE LIKE THAT.>>Reporter: SIT DOWN, OPRAH,
HE’S TALKING.>>YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: WOW. WHAT’S IT TAKE FOR STEPHEN
COLBERT TO GET AN INVITATION FOR DINNER AT DENZEL WASHINGTON’S?>>FIRST, YOU HAVE TO TALK TO
THE ONE IN CHARGE, MY WIFE.>>Stephen: WHAT’S YOUR WIFE’S
NAME?>>PAULETTEA.>>Stephen: PAULETTEA, I HAVE
EXCELLENT MANNERS. I KNOW WHICH FORK TO USE, I
PROMISE I WILL CLEAN UP AFTER MYSELF.>>SHE MADE FRIED CHICKEN FOR
MICHAEL JACKSON. HE CAME OVER. HE COULD EAT.>>Stephen: HE DANCED IT OFF. ( LAUGHTER )
>>HE DANCED IT OFF. HE DID WELL.>>Stephen: NOW, YOU ARE A
TWO-TIME OSCAR WINNER. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WE’RE TALKING — WE’RE IN MERYL STREEP TERRITORY HERE.>>SHE’S GOT, LIKE, 75
NOMINATIONS AND –>>Stephen: NO, I THINK IT’S
ONLY TWO. YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED THE BLACK
S STREEP.>>HAVE I? IS.>>Stephen: YEAH. YEAH. OR SHE’S THE WHITE DENZEL.>>THE WHITE WASHINGTON.>>Stephen: THE WHITE
WASHINGTON.>>I DON’T MIND BEING THE BLACK
STREEP.>>Stephen: THE PAST YEAR AND
A HALF, THERE HAVE BEEN A BIG YEAR FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN
HOSPITAL — ACTING, DIRECTING, STARRING, GET OUT, “BLACK
PANTHER.” I UNDERSTAND FROM CHAD BOSEMAN
HIMSELF THAT YOU ARE IN SOME WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIM BEING BLACK
PANTHER.>>BECAUSE I PAID FOR HIM TO GO
TO SCHOOL? ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU — OH, YEAH, BECAUSE I PAID FOR CHAD
BOSEMAN TO GO TO SCHOOL? ( LAUGHTER )
I THINK YOU WOULD CALL THAT BEARING THE LEAD. ( LAUGHTER )
HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? HOW DID YOU PAY FOR HIM TO GO TO
SCHOOL, HOW DID YOU KNOW HIM?>>I DIDN’T KNOW HIM. THREE FELICIA RASHARD WAS
HELPING KIDS, AND SHE CALLED DIFFERENT PEOPLE AND SHE CALLED
ME, AND I SAID, YEAH, I’LL SPONSOR WHOEVER. AND SHE SAID, WELL, YOU’RE
SPONSORING — OR HE CALLED TO THANK ME. THAT’S HOW I FOUND IT WAS HIM. YOU’RE SPONSORING THIS KID, THE
CHAD BOSEMAN GUY. OKAY, CHAD, I WANT MY MONEY
BACK. ( LAUGHTER )
SO I WENT TO THE PREMIERE FOR “BLACK PANTHER” HERE IN
NEW YORK, AND I SAW RYAN COOGLER AND CHAD AND HE SAID, OH, I JUST
WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR PAYING — I SAID, I LIKE THE
MOVIE, “BLACK PANTHER,” WAKANDA FOREVER, BUT WHERE’S MY MONEY? ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: YOU HAVEN’T DONE A SUPERHERO MOVIE YET, RIGHT?>>NO.>>Stephen: WHY NOT? NOBODY ASKED ME.>>Stephen: DO WE WANT HIM TO
DO IT? ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
WE WANT TO SEE –>>I’LL BE THE FATHER TO HAVE
THE SUPERHERO.>>Stephen: WE WANT TO SEE YOU
IN TIGHTS, MAN.>>NO!>>Stephen: NO, COME ON. NO!>>Stephen: I SAW THE MIGHTY
QUINN.>>I DIDN’T HAVE TIGHTS ON IN
THAT.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE LITTLE
WHITE SHORTS ON. DON’T YOU REMEMBER?>>NO.>>Stephen: I’LL TELL YOU WHO
REMEMBERS. ONE OF MY PRODUCERS EVERY DAY
DOES HUNK OF THE DAY.>>HUH-OH, HUH-OH —
>>Stephen: AND I SWEAR TO GOD, THIS WAS A RECENT ONE OF
HERS, AND THIS IS A GREAT HONOR. I KNOW YOU’VE GOT OSCARS AND A
TONY, BUT YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN THE HUNK OF THE DAY IN OUR
OFFICE. THERE YOU ARE. PUSHING A LITTLE BIT MORE. PUSH IN A LITTLE BIT MORE IF YOU
CAN. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
LOOK AT THAT. BOOM. LOOK AT THE STASH. LOOK AT THE PECS.>>IT’S THE SAME PICTURE. I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE
OTHER HUNKS THAT — ( LAUGHTER )
— WEREN’T AS GOOD AS ME. IT’S WHO YOU KNOW. HUNK ON.>>Stephen: IT’S AN HONOR JUST
TO BE HUNKY. ( LAUGHTER )
>>I GUESS DOES THAT MAKE ME A — HUNKY? ( LAUGHTER )
( PIANO RIFF ) NO!>>Stephen: NO, IT DOES NOT. YOU’VE GOT SUCH RANGE, I’M SURE.>>YOU KNOW, MY SON IS STARRING
IN A NEW MOVIE CALLED “BLACK KLANSMEN,” SO MAYBE I’LL STAR IN
“BLACK HUNKY.”>>Stephen: I’D WATCH THAT. ( LAUGHTER )
THE NEW MOVIE “THE EQUALIZER 2” IS TWICE AS EQUAL. WHAT’S LEFT AFTER THE
EQUALIZATION?>>THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
LEFT AFTER THIS, I GET RID OF EVERYONE.>>Stephen: THIS IS THE FIRST
SEQUEL YOU’VE EVER DONE.>>YES.>>Stephen: WHY NOT MOST
BETTER BLUES? MALCOLM 11.>>MALCOLM 11, OH, NO. GLORY SOME MO! MO GLORY!>>Stephen: WHAT’S YOUR
CHARACTER AND WHAT IS HE DOING?>>I DON’T KNOW, I DIDN’T ENJOY
IT.>>Stephen: GREAT!

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