Nathan Lane

  • Aired:  05/14/13
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Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane discusses the sweatshop-like working conditions on the set of "The Nance." (6:34)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY

GUEST TONIGHT TONY

AWARD-WINNING ACTOR RECENTLY

RECENTLY-- PLEASE WELCOME

BACK TO THE PROGRAM NATHAN

LANE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WOW.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU, SIR.

>> I'M GREAT.

WELL, I FEEL MUCH BETTER

AFTER THAT, THAT WAS LOVELY.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THEY'RE VERY NICE

PEOPLE.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: THERE ARE A FEW

GUESTS THAT COME OUT ON THE

SHOW THAT I FEEL LIKE I WISH

I HAD A HOUSE BAND.

YOU'RE ONE OF-- I FEEL LIKE

BECAUSE YOU'RE SUCH A

WONDERFUL, LIVE PERFORMER,

YOU'RE A STAGE ACTOR,

MUSICAL STUFF.

MOST PEOPLE TIMES ITS HE

AUTHORS AND THEY GOT A BOOK

THAT THEY WROTE ABOUT SOME

COUNTRY NOBODY CARES ABOUT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, YEAH, AND THE HOUSE

BAND WOULD GET IN THE WAY OF

THAT.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

>> YEAH.

SO IT'S-- YEAH, IT'S

DIFFICULT LINE YOU WALK.

>> Jon: DOES IT MAKE A

DIFFERENCE TO YOU THE

PERFORMER, DO YOU PREFER TO

WALK OUT TO A THING AND HAVE

SOMEONE TO GO LIKE-- YOU

KNOW WHAT I MEAN, LIKE WHEN

YOU COME OUT ON LETTERMAN

YOU GOT PAUL SHAFFER AND YOU

CAN COME OUT AND BEFORE YOU

GET UP TO DAVE YOU CAN GO TO

PAUL LIKE-- YOU KNOW WHAT I

MEAN?

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, THERE IS-- .

>> Jon: IT HELPS, RIGHT?

>> IT IS A KIND OF FAMILY

ATMOSPHERE, YES.

IT IS-- THEY ALWAYS PLAY,

IT'S GOOD OLD RELIABLE

NATHAN WHEN I SHOW UP.

>> Jon: DO THEY REALLY.

>> SO I FEEL LIKE I NOW HAVE

A SLIGHT JACK BENNY, LOVE IN

BLOOM, I HAVE A THEME.

IT'S GOOD OLD RELIABLE

NATHAN FROM GUISE AND DOLLS.

>> Jon: THAT'S GREAT.

YOU STRIKE ME AS THAT TYPE

OF-- THAT IS WHAT IS SO

INTERESTING ABOUT THE NANCE.

>> ABOUT JIM NANS THE

SPORTSCASTER.

>> Jon: JIM NANCE THE

SUPPORT SUPPORTEDS CASTER.

>> AS OPPOSED TO TO JIM

NANCE THE EXNFL FULLBACK.

THAN IS THE MOST I HAVE EVER

DISCUSSED SPORTS IN MY

ENTIRE LIFE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU KNOW JIM

NANCE, FROM THE SAINTS.

>> I BELIEVE SO.

I HEAR YOU, BROTHER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YEAH, YOU GOT THAT RIGHT.

>> Jon: WHERE ARE WE?

I THOUGHT WE ORDERED WIDGS.

>> OKAY SO, I'M HERE, SO I

ALWAYS TRY TO BRING YOU ONE

LITTLE NEWS ITEM THAT YOU

MIGHT HAVE MISSED JSES ALL

RIGHT, LET ME HEAR IT.

>> SO A WOMAN WHEN SHE WAS A

CHILD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A

DISEASE CALLED, WELL, NOT A

DISEASE, LET'S CALL IT A

SYNDROME CALLED TOP

GRAPHICAL DISORIENTATION.

WHICH MEANS SHE CONSTANTLY

FEELS LOST.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU KNOW, NOT UNLIKE THE

FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

AND--

(LAUGHTER)

>> AND SO.

>> Jon: WELL DONE.

>> SO SHE, AND FOR EXAMPLE,

SHE WAS DRIVING HOME SHE

MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE HER

HOUSE.

AND THEN IF SHE WAS LUCKY

ENOUGH TO FIND HER HOUSE,

SHE COULD GET LOST IN THE

HOUSE.

>> Jon: WOW.

>> AND WHICH IS TOUGH AFTER

A LARGE MEXICAN MEAL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: I HADN'T THOUGHT OF

THAT.

>> BUT YOU KNOW, THE WORST

PART OF THIS STORY, THE

SADDEST PART IS THAT HER

MOTHER TAKING A PAGE OUT OF

THE JOAN CRAWFORD HANDBOOK

NOLDER, SHE SHOULD NOT TELL

ANYONE OR SHE WOULD BE

BURNED AS A WITCH.

(LAUGHTER)

WHICH COINCIDENTALLY WHAT MY

MOTHER SAID TO ME WHEN I

TOLD HER I WAS GAY.

I REALLY RELATE TO THIS

STORY.

>> Jon: HOW DID YOU BRING

THAT ALL THE WAY AROUND.

>> I DON'T KNOW BUT GAY AND

NOW THE PLAY.

WE CAN-- NOW WE CAN TALK

ABOUT THE PLAY.

>> Jon: BUT THAT'S THE THING

ABOUT THE PLAY THAT IS SO

INTERESTING.

THERE ARE VERY FEW

PERFORMERS THAT YOU WOULD

IMAGINE MULTITALENTED

PERFORMERS WOULD WOULD BE AS

COMFORTABLE IN THE TYPE OF

PERFORMING THAT WAS NEEDED

IN THE 1920s, IN THE 1930s.

THOSE GUYS WERE, THEY COULD

DO ANYTHING.

PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, SING A

SONG, TELL A JOKE, DO A

SERIOUS THING AM ARE YOU ONE

OF THE GUYS THAT COULD HAVE

DONE THAT.

>> WELL, THANK YOU.

YOU KNOW, IT'S-- A LOT OF

GREAT COMEDIANS DID COME OUT

OF BURR LESSING, PHIL

SILVERS AND ABBOTT AND

COSTELLO AND THERE

WERE-- THE GREAT STARS OF

BURLESQUE, THE PLAY ITSELF

IS A BEAUTIFUL BRAVE PLAY BY

DOUGLAS CARTER BEAN.

>> Jon: GREAT WRITER.

>> IT'S ABOUT MANY, MANY

THINGS.

SORT OF THE END OF BURLESQUE

IN 1937 WHEN THEY WERE

TRYING TO SHUT THEM ALL

DOWN.

AND IN PARTICULAR, THIS

CHARACTER THAT I PLAY WHO

PLAYS A SORT OF CARICATURE

OF AN HE FEM KNIT DAY MANN

IN SKETCHES AND HE HIMSELF

IS A REPUBLICAN AND A

CONSERVATIVE AND VERY MUCH A

SUPPORTER OF LAGUARDIA WHO,

AND THE PEOPLE WHO

EVENTUALLY SORT OF BRING HIM

DOWN AND SORT OF PUT AN END

TO HIS LIVELIHOOD.

AND AT THE HEART OF IT, AT

THE CENTRE OF IT IS THIS

SORT OF SURPRISING AND SAD

LOVE STORY OF HIM AND A

YOUNGER MAN.

AND SORT OF ONE GENERATION

AND THE NEXT.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

AS A MAN WHO PLAYS THE

NANCE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: HE ALMOST CAN'T GIVE

HIMSELF UP TO LOVE THIS

OTHER GUY BECAUSE HE FEELS

LIKE THAT CLEARLY WOULD-- HE

REALLY BELIEVES IT IN HIS

HEAD THAT THIS CAN'T BE

RIGHT.

>> WELL, YEAH, YES, HE IS

KIND OF A VICTIM OF HIS OWN

SELF-LOATHING.

AND INABILITY TO ACCEPT THAT

KIND OF LOVE.

AND WHAT WOULD BE A KIND OF

BY TODAY'S STANDARDS A VERY

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP.

AND I THINK ALSO BECAUSE OF

THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN HIS LIFE, HE

MAKES A LOT OF WRONG

DECISIONS.

>>.

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU-- YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT DOING THIS 8

SHOWS A WEEK.

THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE

GOT TO PUT OUT A

GUT-WRENCHING, COMPLEX.

>> I WAS CALLED-- BETH

MIDLER CALLED ME BECAUSE SHE

IS DOING I'LL EAT YOU LAST.

SHE SAID HOW MANY AND-- IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE

CONVERSATION SHE SAID AND

HOW MANY AGAIN DO YOU HAVE

TO DO EACH WEEK.

AND I SAID 8.

AND SHE SAID WHAT IS THIS, A

SWEATSHOP IN HAITI?

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: IT IS EXACTLY A

SWEATSHOP IN HAITI.

THAT WAS MY NEXT QUESTION.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE

WORKING IN A SWEATSHOP IN

HAITI?

>> WELL.

>> Jon: WEARING 1930s

VAUDEVILLIAN CLOTHES.

>> IT-- IT IS GREAT WHEN THE

MATERIAL IS THIS GOOD AND

WITH A CAST THIS TERRIFIC.

AND IT'S BEEN-- THE WHOLE

THING HAS BEEN A VERY HAPPY

COLLABORATION.

>> Jon: HOW LONG IS IT GOING

TO RUN.

ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP GOING

WITH IT.

>> NO, NO, WE'VE TO YOU BEEN

EXTENDED TO AUGUST 11th.

SO FOR MOST OF THE SUMMER.

>> Jon: EVERYONE SHOULD GO

SEE IT, UNLESS YOU DON'T

LIKE GOOD ACTING AND

ENTERTAINING, WHICH YOU KNOW,

YOU MAY NOT.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR

PREFERENCES ARE.

BUT THE NANCE, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR COMING BY, THE

NANCE ON BROADWAY, THE

LYCEUM THEATRE.

THE GREAT NATHAN LANE,

EVERYBODY.

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