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Tilda Swinton’s Acting Inspiration Came From A Donkey


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY FIRST
GUEST TONIGHT IS AN ICON OF FILM AND FASHION WHO CURRENTLY STARS
IN THE NEW FILM “OKJA.” PLEASE WELCOME TILDA SWINTON! THANK YOU SO MUCH. ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: NICE. THANK YOU.>>WOW.>>Stephen: I MISS– I MISREAD
THE KISS OVER THERE. MY APOLOGIES.>>TWO. EUROPEAN. YOU SEE, I’M SCOTTISH.>>Stephen: ON BOTH SIDES. I NEVER KNOW. AND HERE’S THE THING ABOUT YOU
IS THAT I DON’T ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU’RE EUROPEAN.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: BECAUSE YOU’RE
SUCH A GREAT ACTRESS. YOUR VOCAL COMMAND IS AMAZING.>>REALLY.>>Stephen: MICHAEL CLAYTON,
BURN AFTER READING, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, GRAND BUDAPEST
HOTEL, TRAIN WRECK, DR. STRANGE. NEW YORK LAWYER. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
A COUPLE OF ETERNAL BEINGS IN THERE. DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE, LIKE–
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’VE STRUCK THE ACCENT JUST RIGHT?>>OH, I NEVER DO. I MEAN, YOU JUST HAVE TO KEEP
PLOWING ON AND YOU HOPE YOUR FRIENDS WILL TELL YOU AND YOU
DON’T SEE THE MOVIE. THAT’S MOST IMPORTANT THING.>>Stephen: DO YOU NOT SEE
YOUR OWN STUFF?>>YEAH, I DO, AND THEN I DON’T,
AND THEN I FORGET, AND THEN I MOVE ON.>>Stephen: HOW DO YOU DO THE
FORGETTING PART?>>OH, THAT’S SO EASY AT MY AGE,
STEPHEN. ( LAUGHTER )
I’M REALLY ANCIENT, YOU KNOW.>>Stephen: OH, YEAH, I SAW
“DOCTOR STRANGE.” YOU’RE AN ANCIENT ONE. I JUST WANT TO GET OUT, FAN-LIKE
RIGHT NOW, I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST PERFORMANCES I HAVE
SEEN FROM YOU OR ANYONE IS YOUR CHARACTER FROM “MICHAEL
CLAYTON.”>>OH, THANK YOU.>>Stephen: YOUR NO MORAL COMP
PASS LAWYER TRAPPED IN THAT MOMENT.>>WELL, THAT WAS A PART WRITTEN
BY TONY GILLROY, JUST BEYOND ANY PART. HE NOTICED, WHICH I LOVE, THOSE
BAD GUYS, THEY THINK THEY’RE GOOD. THEY THINK THEY’RE REALLY,
REALLY GOOD. SHE THINKS SHE’S SUCH A GOOD
PERSON. AND SHE’S SERVING THE BIG DADDY,
AND SHE’S WRONG.>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU GET
INVOLVED IN ACTING? SOME PEOPLE ARE GREATLY INSPIRED
BY A SINGLE PERSON. THEY SAY, “I WANT TO BE THAT
PERSON.” COMEDIANS, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I
SAID,”I WANT TO GET THAT PERSON’S VOICE. I WANT TO DO THAT.” WAS THERE SOMEONE LIKE THAT FOR
YOU?>>I NEVER REALLY WANTED TO BE
AN ACTOR. I STILL REALLY DON’T WANT TO BE
AN ACTOR. ( LAUGHTER )
IT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: I HAVE SOME
TERRIBLE NEWS.>>I’M JUST DISTRACTED. I HAVE BEEN DISTRACTED FOR 30
YEARS. THE BEST PERFORMANCE I HAVE EVER
SEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE AN INSPIRATION FOR ME IS A DONKEY
IN A GREAT FILM BY ROBERT BLESSON. AND I’M NOT JOKING, ACTUALLY. IT’S THE BEST —
>>Stephen: A LIVE DONKEY.>>PROBABLY ABOUT FIVE OF THEM
BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO SWAP THEM OUT, LIKE TWINS FOR
BABIES.>>Stephen: RIGHT, LIKE THE
OLSEN TWINS.>>NO, THE —
>>Stephen: THEY’RE TWINS.>>I KNOW, BUT THEY WEREN’T
SWAPPED OUT.>>Stephen: THEY WERE. THERE WAS ONLY ONE OF THEM AND
THEY SWAPPED THEM OUT. I’M NOT JOKING. YOU DID NOT WATCH “FULL HOUSE.” I DON’T KNOW HOW TO BREAK IT TO
YOU.>>I’M WRITING IT DOWN.>>Stephen: SO A DONKEY
INSPIRED YOU?>>A DONKEY INSPIRED ME BECAUSE
YOU JUST CAN’T STOP LOOK AT THE DONKEY AND THERE ARE ALL THE
HUMANS AROUND AND YOU GO, “GET OUT OF THE WAY. I WANT TO LOOK AT THE DONKEY.”>>Stephen: I CAN UNDERSTAND
THAT. THEY’RE SO NATURAL. EVERY TIME I SEE YOU IN A MOVIE,
YOU’RE THINKING, “HOW WOULD A DONKEY DO THIS PART?”
( LAUGHTER ) HOW DO YOUR DIRECTORS FEEL ABOUT
THAT? BECAUSE YOU– YOU DON’T HAVE
CLASSICAL TRAINING–>>IT’S A SECRET. I’M NOT TELLING ANYBODY THIS. IT’S JUST BETWEEN US.>>Stephen: WE’LL CUT OFF THE
CAMERAS. WE’LL EDIT THIS PART OUT. YOU ARE SOMETHING OF A FASHION
ICON. YOU HAVE DONE ART INSTALLATION
PIECES. YOU WENT AND PUBLICLY NAPPED AT
MOMA, RIGHT?>>YEAH, YEAH.>>Stephen: OKAY, YOU’RE VERY
COOL. ( LAUGHTER )
YOU’RE VERY COOL. YOU LOOK COOL. YOU DO COOL THINGS. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
AND I LIKE TO ASK THIS QUESTION OF PEOPLE WHO I THINK ARE
EXTRAORDINARILY COOL. I ASKED THIS QUESTION OF DAVID
BIRN– IS IT A BURDEN TO BE SO COOL?>>TO BE SO COOL.>>Stephen: IF YOU’RE ORDINARY
IN ANY WAY, PEOPLE GO, “NOT AS COOL AS I THOUGHT.”>>I FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A
BUTTERFLY NET AND YOU’RE COMING AT ME AND I’M BACK OFF.>>Stephen: I DON’T MEAN
CRAZY. A LITTLE ECCENTRIC, MAYBE.>>MAYBE.>>Stephen: IS THERE PRESSURE
TO BE ARTIE?>>NO, I MEAN, HOW CAN I ANSWER
THAT? I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE
TALKING ABOUT? ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: I GUESS I’M JUST
TRYING TO FIND THE SECRET OF HOW TO DO IT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE–
LIKE WHAT DID YOU– WHAT’S THE LEAST– WHAT’S THE MOST LOW-BORO
THING YOU’VE DONE RECENTLY? YOU SEEM VERY ARTIE, VERY
HIGH-BROW. WHAT’S THE MOST COMMONUE KNOW,
COMMON MAN LOW-BRIE THING YOU HAVE DONE?>>WHERE DO I START? I LIVE IN THE HIGHLANDS OF
SCOTLAND. THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY I WAS
WASHING MY DOGS WHO HAD ROLLED IN A DEAD SEAL ON THE BEACH. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: THEY ROLLED IN A
DEAD SEAL.>>AND I COME TO MANHATTAN AND
IT’S ALL VERY SPARKLY AND I GET A VELVET JACKET AND SIT DOWN
WITH YOU. THIS IS HIGH-BROW FOR ME. BELIEVE ME, WHERE I LIVE, IT’S
UNDERGROUND LOW.>>Stephen: I BET THE
HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND STILL SEEMS COOL, SEEMS KIND OF COOL. IT’S NOT THE LOW-LANDS OF
SCOTTLAND. IT’S THE HIGH-LANDS” OF SCOTT
LANT.>>IT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: I WAS IN THE
HIGHLANDS OF NEW JERSEY YESTERDAY PICK UP MY DRY
CLEANING. SO YOU STILL LIVE– YOU’RE NOT
FROM SCOTLAND, THOUGH, YOU’RE FROM LONDON?>>I’M FROM THE LOWLANDS, BUT I
THEN MOVED TO THE HIGH LANDS.>>Stephen: WHAT’S THE
DIFFERENCE? I MADE A JOKE BUT I DON’T KNOW
THE DIFFERENCE?>>YOU HAVE BEEN.>>Stephen: I HAD DRIVEN AS
FAR NORTH ONCE WHEN I WAS 22, JUST ABOVE LOCH NESS, ACTUALLY,
INVERNESS.>>THAT’S MORE OR LESS WHERE I
LIVE AND THERE’S MORE TO GO AS WELL.>>Stephen: IT GETS NARROW UP
THERE.>>AND NOT MANY ROADS. BUT IT’S QUITE A SMALL COUNTRY,
SCOTLAND, BUT LIKE LOTS OF LITTLE COUNTRIES IT’S HOPPING
WITH STUFF.>>Stephen: DO YOU THINK IT
MIGHT SNAF OFF FROM THE U.K., BECAUSE THERE’S TALK IT MIGHT
SNAP OFF LEAK A GRAHAM CRACKER AND GO TO EUROPE.>>THE REALITY IS WE’RE IN
EUROPE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO ?AI EUROPE. AND THE OTHER REALITY IS WE ARE
AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY. IT’S JUST ENGLAND THAT ISN’T.>>Stephen: OH, WOW, WOW. THROWING SOME SHADE. THROWING SOME SHADE. SHADE ENGLAND, AFTER 800 YEARS.>>I’M JUST BEING ACCURATE. I LIVE NAY VILLAGE– I SAY
“VILLAGE.” IN SCOTLAND WE TALL IT A TOWN
BUT BY AMERICAN STANDARDS IT’S NOT SUPER-SIZED. NERN. THEY SAY IT’S THE FASTEST TOWN
IN SCOTLAND, NEEERN! ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: YOU HAVE A NEW
MOVIE.>>YES.>>Stephen: THE SAME DIRECTOR
WHO DID “SNOW PIECER.”>>AND “THE HOST” AND “MEMORIES
OF MURDER” AND MOTHER.”>>Stephen: IT’S CALLED
“OKJA.” AND WHAT IS THE MOVIE ABOUT?>>IT’S A LOVE STORY BETWEEN A
YOUNG GIRL AND HER BEST FRIEND WHO IS A MASSIVE PIG, THE SIZE
OF A– AN ELEPHANT.>>Stephen: AND I UNDERSTAND
THAT YOUR CHARACTER PLAYS THE– THE BIOENGINEERING SORT OF FARM
CONGLOMERATE OWNER WHO CREATED THIS PIG?>>YES. IT’S ALSO ABOUT THE FOOD
INDUSTRY.>>AND PLAY THE HEIR, TO A
REALLY SCARY DYNASTY WITH A HIDEOUS TOXIC PAST, AND I’VE
DECIDED TO MAKE IT ALL SEXY AND MODERN AND WOKE. AND SO–
( LAUGHTER ) I DECIDE TO FEED THE WORLD
BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE WORLD’S HUNGRY AND NO ONE’S FEEDING THE
WORLD. SO I CREATE GENETICALLY MODIFY–
I SAY THAT WE SECRETLY DISCOVERED THIS PIGLET ON A FARM
IN CHILE, AND IT’S ALL TERRIBLY NATURAL AND ORGANIC, BUT WE
GENETICALLY MODIFY A MASSIVE PIG TO FEED THE WORLD AND HOLD THE
COMPETITION TO SEE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIG. AND IT ALL GOES BADLY WRONG.>>Stephen: AND IT ALL GOES
BAD AND IN THIS NEXT CLIP, I BELIEVE, YOU’RE UPSET.>>I’M UPSET BECAUSE THERE HAS
BEEN BAD P.R., AND P.R., AS WE KNOW, IS THE ONLY IMPORTANT
THING.>>THE SYNTHESIS OF OLD MIRANDO,
AND NEW MIRANDO WAS IMPECCABLE. I TOOK NATURE AND SCIENCE, AND I
SYNTHESIZED, AND EVERYONE LOVED IT. YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE “NEW YORK
TIMES” SAID ABOUT OUR SUPER PIGS? LUCY MIRANDO IS PULLING OFF THE
IMPOSSIBLE. SHE IS MAKE US FALL IN LOVE WITH
A CREATURE THAT WE ARE ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO EATING. I MEAN, THESE ARE JOURNALISTS
WHO NEVER WRITE ABOUT PIGS. THEY NEVER WRITE ABOUT PIGS! THEY WROTE ABOUT OUR PIGS! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: AND IT’S DELICIOUS, RIGHT?>>YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. YOU HAVE TO SEE IT.>>Stephen: “OKJA.”>>”OKJA.” AND IT’S GOING TO BE ON NETFLIX.>>Stephen: IT PREMIERES ON
NETFLIX, IN FACT, AND IN SELECT THEATERS ON JUNE 28.>>GOT TO SEE IT.>>Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BEING HERE TILDA.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: WE’LL BE RIGHT
BACK WITH OUR FRIEND ANDY COHEN.

12 Comments

  1. Dawn Phillips Author

    I’m sorry but I have to say, I think her most beautiful performance was Orlando. That’s where I got to know who she was and it is incredibly amazing. Beautifully characterized and such a joy to watch

    Reply
  2. Woowoo Author

    I love Stephen, but his 'you're so cool' questioning seemed to make her very uncomfortable and then he tried to pursue it but kept digging a hole for himself to the point it was awkward.

    Reply

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