Steve Carell

  • Aired:  06/20/12
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Although he's known primarily as an actor, in movies like "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," comedian Steve Carell is also a prolific author. (7:11)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, A VERY, VERY FUNNY ACTOR, ALSO-- WHICH I DIDN'T REALIZE-- AN AUTHOR.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "THE LAST PERIL, EGYPT'S TRANSITION FROM THE MUBARAK ERA."

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM STEVE CARELL.

STEVE?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THANKS SO MUCH.

THANKS FOR DOING THIS, BY THE WAY.

>> Jon: NO, I APPRECIATE IT.

LET ME HOLD IT UP.

I DO NOT KNOW, IT'S CALLED "THE LAST PERIL, EGYPT'S TRANSITION

FROM THE MUBARAK ERA."

>> DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG MUBARAK'S BEEN IN POWER?

>> AUDIENCE MEMBER: 30 YEARS!

>> Jon: 30 YEARS.

>> THAT IS IN THERE.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: SO THIS LOOK BOO SECURITY COUNCIL HOW LONG...

>> WELL, I FELT IT WAS A DISCUSSION THAT NEEDED TO BE HAD.

>> Jon: YOU WRITE VERY MOVINGLY ABOUT TAHRIR SQUARE.

>> YOU PRONOUNCED THAT PERFECTLY, BY THE WAY.

>> Jon: THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> I TRIED TO INVEST PART OF MYSELF.

I TRY TO INVEST PART OF MYSELF IN EVERYTHING I WRITE.

INCIDENTALLY, I'VE... THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT I HAVE...

>> Jon: YOU HAVE OTHER NOVELS,

FICTION?

>> I'VE... WELL, I'VE BEEN GONE FOR A WHILE SO I'VE HAD SOME TIME ON MY HANDS.

CAN I SHOW YOU...

>> Jon: I'D BE DELIGHTED TO SEE ANOTHER OF YOUR WORK.

>> I HAVE ANOTHER ONE RIGHT HERE.

THIS ONE, GET A SHOT OF THAT?

>> Jon: SURE, YEAH.

(LAUGHTER) THE "N" WORD, LANGUAGE'S LAST TABOO.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE A CULTURAL OBSERVER IN THAT WAY.

>> WELL, YOU NEVER ALLOWED ME TO BE WHILE I WAS HERE.

(LAUGHTER) AND I TRY TO BE... YOU KNOW, I HAVE...

>> Jon: YOU'RE A COMPLEX INDIVIDUAL.

>> HERE'S THE THING.

THIS IS A VERY, VERY SENSITIVE TOPIC.

>> Jon: ABSOLUTELY.

>> I FELT I WAS THE ONE... I FELT COMPELLED TO BE THE ONE TO BRING IT TO THE FOREFRONT.

(LAUGHTER) TO EMBRACE IT.

AND TAVIS WAS NICE ENOUGH...

>> Jon: STAPH VISION SMILEY,

HE WROTE THE INTRO?

>> TAVIS SMILEY WROTE THE INTRODUCTION.

>> Jon: JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY.

IS THAT YOUR HAND?

ARE YOU IN BLACK HAND FOR THIS BOOK?

BECAUSE THAT'S...

(LAUGHTER).

>> NOW, SEE, THAT'S THE PROBLEM.

>> Jon: OH, OKAY.

THAT'S AN INSENSITIVITY?

>> THAT'S THE UGLY PROBLEM I AM TRYING TO FACE.

I HAVE ANOTHER BOOK THAT I WROTE.

>> Jon: OH, SURE, I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU HAD...

>> WHICH IS SORT OF ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY,

MAYBE I'M WRONG HERE, THIS ACTUALLY SAYS "BY ANONYMOUS" NOT... IS THIS...

(LAUGHTER).

SO WE DON'T KNOW WHO...

>> WE DON'T KNOW.

>> Jon: YOU'RE VERY PROLIFIC.

HOW CAN... BECAUSE THESE ARE THREE PRETTY BIG BOOKS.

HOW QUICKLY TO YOU WRITE THESE?

>> YOU KNOW WHAT?

I WANT TO LOOK AT THIS BECAUSE I'M NOT EVEN SURE HOW MANY PAGE THIS IS TURNED OUT TO BE.

INCLUDING THE INDEX 277.

>> Jon: 277.

THAT'S FAST.

>> I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: WHEN DID YOU WRITE THIS BOOK?

>> I WROTE THIS BOOK TODAY.

(LAUGHTER) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: AMAZING.

SEE HOW... LOOK AT HOW HOT IT IS.

(LAUGHTER) NOW THAT IS THE SUIT YOU ARE WEARING TODAY BUT WITH A DIFFERENT TIE.

THAT'S AMAZING.

AND YOU JUST COMPLETED THAT THIS MORNING?

THIS IS... OH, MY GOSH, THIS IS 270 PAGES.

YOU'RE INCREDIBLE.

YOU ARE INCREDIBLE.

>> I LIKE TO WRITE A LOT OF BOOKS.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: IT'S...

>> I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER BOOKS THAT I'VE BEEN READING.

AND WRITING.

>> Jon: WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE?

>> I'VE WRITTEN A BOOK... I BELIEVE WE HAVE IT SOMEWHERE...

>> Jon: IT'S AN AUDIO BOOK?

>> IT'S AN AUDIO BOOK.

>> Jon: LET ME TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

"50 SHADES OF YAMS." UH-HUH.

(LAUGHTER)

>> NOW, REMEMBER, JON, REMEMBER I USED TO DO... I USED TO DO A SEGMENT ON THE SHOW CALLED

PRODUCE WITH STEVE CARELL.

>> Jon: IT WAS OUR MOST POPULAR SEGMENT.

>> I AM MAKING A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF THAT.

>> Jon: USING THIS BOOK.

IS THERE GOING TO BE A FILM "50 SHADES OF YAMS" OR...

>> I'M THINKING ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: HOW DID YOU GET IAN McKEL LANN TO READ THAT?

>> WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: YEAH.

I MEAN, THAT'S...

>> JON, I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK.

>> Jon: OH, OKAY.

SURE.

>> I THINK WE HAVE THIS ONE,

TOO.

(LAUGHTER) IF YOU CAN SEE IT, IT'S...

(LAUGHTER).

WELL, I GUESS THAT'S FAIRLY SELF-EXPLANATORY.

IT'S A BOOK... IT'S HOW I IMAGINE STEVE JOBS WOULD HAVE WRITTEN MY BIOGRAPHY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I GUESS THAT'S AN E-BOOK.

>> WELL DONE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: WELL, SEE, I MEAN, I HAVE TO TELL YOU I'M VERY...

YOU'RE RIGHT.

MAYBE I DIDN'T PERHAPS NURTURE THAT ENOUGH WHEN YOU WERE HERE AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

>> NO, NO, NO.

YOU WERE VERY NURTURING, YOU WERE LOVELY.

YOU WERE LOVELY, LOVELY MAN.

>> Jon: IT LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD WRITTEN A BOOK ABOUT THAT I HIT YOU.

>> THAT'S BY ANONYMOUS.

>> Jon: THAT'S NOT YOU.

>> NOT NECESSARILY.

>> Jon: IS THERE ANYTHING IN THE STEVE JOBS/STEVE CARELL BOOK THAT I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THAT

COMES UP THAT'S DAMAGING TO ME?

>> SO YOU DIDN'T READ THESE BOOKS?

>> Jon: I DIDN'T READ THEM ALL.

>> I SENT THESE BOOKS TO YOU AND I THOUGHT YOU WERE THE TYPE OF

PERSON WHO DID THEIR HOME WORK BEFORE THE SHOW.

CAUGHT YA!

THAT'S A GOTCHA MOMENT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: I'LL TELL YOU WHAT I DID DO.

THE REASON THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO READ YOUR BOOKS TODAY WAS BECAUSE I SPENT THE DAY IN THE THEATER.

A MOVIE THEATER.

WATCHING WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A BRILLIANT GIFT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD.

IT WAS A FILM STARRING A YOUNG MAN WHO LOOKED A LOT LIKE YOU.

>> I KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING WITH THIS.

>> Jon: DON'T DO THIS.

>> STOP IT!

>> Jon: IT'S CALLED "SEEKING A FRIEND FOR TEND OF THE WORLD."

I'D LIKE TO SHOW A BRIEF CLIP IF I CAN.

>> I STILL DABBLE.

I DABBLE.

IF YOU WANT TO.

I DON'T KNOW.

>> Jon: LET ME SHOW YOU A BRIEF CLIP.

>> WHERE DO I SEE THE MONITOR?

WHICH ONE DO I LOOK AT?

>> IT COMES UP RIGHT THROUGH HERE.

>> SO...

>> WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

>> OH, UM, A LITTLE OF THIS,

LITTLE OF THAT.

PROBABLY CATCHING UP ON SOME ME TIME.

FIND GOD.

MAYBE MOVE AROUND SOME CHAIRS.

>> WELL, MAYBE I'LL RUN INTO YOU AT A SUPPORT GROUP OR ORGY OR SOMETHING.

>> THAT SOUNDS NICE.

>> Jon: NICELY DONE.

WELL, SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

"SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD" IN THEATERS ON FRIDAY.

IF THE BOOKS DON'T WORK OUT I THINK YOU SHOULD PURSUE THE ACTING THING BECAUSE I SEE

SOMETHING THERE.

>> YOU'RE VERY KIND TO ME.

>> Jon: OH, STOP IT.

>> YOU'RE VERY GOOD.

>> Jon: STEVE CARELL, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

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