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Series 18 - Jennifer Lawrence, Eddie Redmayne, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Years And Years

Jennifer Lawrence says she hates New Year's Eve, Eddie Redmayne admits he threw up at Madonna's party, Will Ferrell talks about being naked, Mark Wahlberg says he's over enthusiastic where his kids' sports are concerned and Years & Years perform live in the studio.

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Jennifer Lawrence, talking about how she spends New Year's Eve says, "I really hate it. I've never had a good one - everyone's chasing a good time and it's always a disappointment. I plan on doing nothing and then if something lands in my lap... but I always end up drunk and disappointed." Adding jokingly, "Drunk and Disappointed should be the title of my memoir!"

Talking about her mishaps on the red carpet and elsewhere, she says, "I am a puker. When I get stressed and exhausted I just vomit. I was driving with my publicist the other day and had to roll down the window and I puked all down the side of the car. It was in front of all the paparazzi - I painted New York! And I threw up at Madonna's party - on the porch!"

Eddie Redmayne interjects, "This something I have never admitted to the world, but I puked at Madonna's party too!"

Asked about her short-lived modelling career, she says, "You'll never see the pictures I did for Abercrombie and Fitch. They wanted natural pictures so they made us play football on the beach. The other models played football in a pretty way but not me! My face was bright red and I was sweaty with flaring nostrils. One of the girls even yelled, 'Get her away from me!' And, when my agent asked why the pictures hadn't been used, their only response was to send the pictures... you won't see them in a store for sure!"

Talking about coming from a sporty household with brothers, she says, "It was actually an offence in the house to be considered a female. They were terrible and would say things like, 'You are such a girl' or 'Don't do that, that's what a girl would do.' I'm only now getting used to being called a female."

Eddie, asked how his family have responded to his success he says, "I have a plethora of brothers and their obsession is to get as close to my dad as possible to see what his perilous reaction will be to one of my performances." And of his mother, he says, "I took her as my date to the Tony Awards and I drummed into her, 'They will point a camera at you so don't be angry or upset if I don't win.' So when I did win I was so elated but my mum was too terrified of what I had said to react at all and just sat there looking scared."

Talking about The Danish Girl and the movie's transgender subject matter, he says, "It's been 15 years in the making and has come out at time when there has been such a shift in these issues coming to the mainstream. The story is so beautiful and the people from the Trans community I met in preparing for the part were incredibly generous. It has been a privilege and, while not in anyway talking for the community, I'm trying to learn to be an ally."

Revealing he went out as his character Lily onto the streets of Copenhagen between filming, he says, "I was trying to get all sort of 'method' on it, but I'm not sure how successful I was, because at six foot tall with a red wig and wearing 1920s gear people just stared. But I learnt a lot about the Trans world."

In the second part of the show, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg join Graham for a cocktail and a chat.

Will, talking about taking his clothes of for movies, he says, "I've taken my top off in about 97% of my movie - not all, but close to it." And, on appearing completely naked in public for Old School he says, "We were shooting on a street where there was a gym with people on treadmills. I was rehearsing in a robe and I said to the assistant producer, 'Should we tell these people what is going to happen?' When 'action' was shouted and I took off the robe there were shrieks and by take three, I cleared the gym they were so grossed out!"

Asked about offending Harrison Ford, he says, "That wasn't good. He was shooting on the first day of Anchorman 2 and we were all very nervous to be working with him. He was taking his makeup off and he asked if I wanted to go to dinner. I'm normally really vigilant when working about getting early nights so I said, 'No, I'm good. I have something in my trailer.' Then he leaves and I realise I'd just turned down Harrison Ford in favour of a Styrofoam box of food provided by catering. I saw him the next day and tried to reciprocate but we worked until three in the morning so the moment was lost." Addressing the camera, he says, "It was just an honest mistake and if I could ever make it up to you Harrison..."

Talking about an unlikely performance, Will says, "It is true. We were asked to entertain the sequestered jury on the OJ Simpson trial. A pretty good gig! We were doing comedy sketches in an empty courtroom to 12 people sitting 10 feet away sort of laughing but mostly not!"

Mark, talking about his fitness regime, says, "I get up at 3am to work out if I am working. With this movie (Daddy's Home) we shot over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year last year so I had to continue to work out and couldn't eat any of the food I normally enjoy over the holiday season. I think Will, who produced the film, insisted we shoot at that time so I would be miserable!" Adding, "I've trained for four months for a movie that has just fallen apart so I did it all for nothing so now I am going to eat whatever I want for the rest of the year."

Talking about sport and his children, he says, "The kids aren't liking me at the sports games any more. I get a little too crazy and a little too passionate and my wife goes and sits down the other end and acts like she doesn't know me. I can't tone it down. My nine year old was in a championship game and I couldn't even eat because I had butterflies in my stomach and I lost my voice for a week because I was screaming and shouting and they didn't win. I had money on that game!"

Asked about being MC at a rally in Philadelphia for the Pope and whether the Pontiff recognised him, Mark says "No. He hasn't watched television since the mid 80s. I didn't know if he was a movie fan or not but I apologised for my language in them. We had a brief encounter to say hello and exchanged some pleasantries. That was pretty much it. I've met presidents and so many people from so many walks of life but two million people were at this event - it was extraordinary."

Years & Years perform Shine live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat. Asked what the highlight of their year has been, they say, "Cheryl Fernandez Versini followed us on Twitter."

Broadcast details

Thursday 31st December 2015
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Mark Wahlberg Guest
Will Ferrell Guest
Eddie Redmayne Guest
Olly Alexander (as Years & Years) Guest
Mikey Goldsworthy (as Years & Years) Guest
Emre Türkmen (as Years & Years) Guest
Jennifer Lawrence Guest
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Dan Gaster Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Rina Dayalji Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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