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03 May 2013 @ 11:16 pm
The Stars of Star Trek on Graham Norton  
Actually, it's just Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch. Yeah, just.

I was rather filled with anxiety when Graham Norton started to talk to audience members of whether they were a Pinenut or a Cumberbitch. I really, really, REALLY didn't want anyone to make a complete fool of themselves. They mostly didn't. Mostly.

For some reason I tend to not really feel one way or another about Chris Pine as an actor but I sort of love him as himself. He's so unexpectedly understated and kind of...shy.

You can start watching the episode HERE.

Highlights include Chris Pine's story about doing two workouts back to back, the joke he and Simon Pegg played on Cumberbatch, Cumberbatch doing a brief impersonation of Graham Norton, and a rather sweet last Red Chair person.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, I look forward to watching this in the morning. I was hoping Ben might get on there at some point. He and Norton did a nice radio interview a little while back.

I do dislike Norton's intent on embarrassing people, though. It's really not my brand of humour to watch people being embarrassed or embarrassing themselves. I could not get through that drunken Mark Wahlberg episode at all. IcK!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
I do dislike Norton's intent on embarrassing people, though. It's really not my brand of humour to watch people being embarrassed or embarrassing themselves.

It wasn't even that. His survey of the audience led to BC engaging with them directly and I had this moment where I thought, "Oh, god. Please, fans. Don't do anything ridiculous like start crying while clutching onto BC. Please."

I could not get through that drunken Mark Wahlberg episode at all. IcK!

That was horrendous. But I mostly fault Wahlberg for that one.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Oh, I see. Well that's a bit better. I remembered being terrified all the way through the PBS live chat that someone was going to do something awful, but aside from the screams, everyone mostly asked intelligent questions. I was very relieved.

I don't know if I could act reasonably if faced with a celebrity I admired, so I can't judge too hard, but I think I'd be more inclined to not be able to speak than, like, try to snog them or something.

Oh, yeah, definitely Wahlberg's fault, but still not something I can get through. I do question giving people alcohol on air, though. It's fine 99% of the time, but when it goes badly, it's awful.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, definitely Wahlberg's fault, but still not something I can get through.

I felt so bad for the other two guests. They had to try and talk around Wahlberg and it was just...not okay. And it never got better. You didn't miss much by stopping.

but I think I'd be more inclined to not be able to speak than, like, try to snog them or something.

Yeah, I'd imagine I'd sort of be paralyzed.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
I made it until about the time Wahlberg basically told Fassbender off for not being in his movie (Fassbender's totally lack of shit-giving was brilliant by the way) , and then Wahlberg seemed to be having a pissing contest with Fassbender, and I stopped.

With someone like Cumberbatch, who does seems to be constantly borderline exhausted when fans meet him, I think I'd spent most of the time apologizing for saying hello. And there's someone like Hiddleston, who seems ready to go off and have tea with everyone he meets. In any case, I'd be a mess.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
I made it until about the time Wahlberg basically told Fassbender off for not being in his movie

Oh my god it got SO MUCH WORSE. Wahlberg literally started interrupting people during their stories. As in cutting them off mid sentence with some random comment. Both Sarah Silverman and Fassbender had to tell parts of their stories twice because they kept getting stalled. Although, I did love Fassbender's small dig when he had to keep repeating parts of his golf cart story, "I was balancing in the back...which you would know if you were paying attention, Mark."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
I imagine Fassbender's pretty used to being around drunk people, Irish-German that he is. But ouch! That sounds awful. I've also heard horror stories of Mickey Rourke basically groping Jessica Biel on another show.

I also really dislike the guests who can't handle the multi-guest format and try to get all the attention. I think my favourite episode is the one with Ewan McGregor and Chris O'Dowd. They were both so respectful of each other, it was nice to see. Sometimes I feel like the comedians try too hard to get in there, and the dynamics get thrown off.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
I think one of my favorite couches was the Liza Minelli-James Mcavoy-Jack Dee trio. They all had unexpected chemistry.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's another of my favourites. Minnelli knew what was going on, which is sometimes not the case with Americans, and she and Macavoy got on amazingly well. Macavoy in general is a great guest. He's very jovial.

I wish they hadn't shown that image from The Last King of Scotland without a warning the last time he was there, though. I had a bit of a do not want moment.
aelfgyfu_mead: Sherlockaelfgyfu_mead on May 4th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Huh. That sounds like it might even be worth watching. I can't stand Chris Pine's Kirk, and I'm still not sure how much of that is the actor's fault and how much the writers', though I'm inclined to put most of the blame on the latter.

I mostly avoid Graham Norton; I never saw Wahlberg on the show, but I saw enough of Norton doing all he could to embarrass people, and I felt bad for his guests.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
I can't stand Chris Pine's Kirk, and I'm still not sure how much of that is the actor's fault and how much the writers', though I'm inclined to put most of the blame on the latter.

I wonder about this myself. I didn't like his Kirk but in listening to him talk about the character, it's clear he has a nice understanding of Kirk and his jackass behavior. But the translation of that understanding to screen doesn't seem to quite work.

I saw enough of Norton doing all he could to embarrass people, and I felt bad for his guests.

When he started to survey the Pinenuts vs. Cumberbitches, it seemed fairly clear that most of them were Cumberbitches which had me cringe a bit. I was strangely pleased that the fan who traveled the farthest JUST to see the actors was there to see Chris Pine. The one I felt the worst for was Kim Catrall who graciously sat through all of this, just waiting to talk about her play.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on May 4th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Butting in as always, apologies.

I felt terrible for Kim Catrall, I don't think she said one word for the first thirty minutes. And after a brief chat with her, they went back to the boys. I know you should play to the audience, but it might have been nicer to have just the boys on and book Catrall for another night.

I thought the boys handled the Pinenuts and Cumberbitches well. I imagine they do warn them before the show what's going to happen, but It can't be easy to sit there and be faced with people who've flown--or ridden in a bus--for days just to look at you while you film a show for an hour. You know those are most hardcore ones.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 4th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
I imagine they do warn them before the show what's going to happen, but It can't be easy to sit there and be faced with people who've flown--or ridden in a bus--for days just to look at you while you film a show for an hour. You know those are most hardcore ones.

I agree. Which was why I was all, "BC, NO!" when he hugged that first girl. This was inevitably going to lead to him having to hug everyone.