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Series 22, Episode 10 - Jessica Chastain, Dawn French, Rebel Wilson, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Noel Gallagher

Jessica Chastain talks about gambling, Dawn French says there is still life in French & Saunders, Rebel Wilson talks about her legal win, while Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black talk about Jumanji. Noel Gallagher performs live in the studio.

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Jessica Chastain, talking about her new film Molly's Game, says "I sat in on a few real poker games to prepare but I found it very stressful. The amount of money involved is crazy and I think I might have been the bringer of bad luck because everyone lost lots of money and no one looked happy at all."

Asked if she had ever played poker herself, she says, "My mum taught me to play when I was a kid using my Halloween candy, but I really don't like to gamble because I don't believe in the idea of good luck."

Talking about her outspoken interview with the New York Times about Harvey Weinstein, she says, "I was tweeting a lot at the time and actually got an email from a well-known actor that said, 'Calm down.' I found that heartbreaking and can only think he didn't understand the movement that was happening."

Dawn French, talking about her new book - [s= 5467]Me You, A Diary[/s] -says "I have never been much of a diary writer myself. I start off all fulsome in January and then by March I am just saying, 'Washed my hair' so I'd give up."

And on the success of 300 Years of French and Saunders, their new one-off Christmas special for the BBC, she says, "We filmed in front of a live audience. The capacity of the studio was 300 people and 35,000 applied for tickets! There is life in the old girls yet!"

Revealing she once auditioned for a role in the Mama Mia movie, she says, "I was asked to read for the part and was told it was pretty much mine, I just had to do a musical audition but it was definitely in the bag. Everyone at the audition was lovely and chatty with me until I sang. I was so nervous that I couldn't sing at all - it was terrible and as I left the room, all those people that had been so lovely to me were just staring at the table and no one said a word. By the time I got downstairs my agent had texted to say, 'This just isn't going to work love!'"

Rebel Wilson, talking about winning her recent high-profile legal case, says, "It was scary. I'd never been in a court before and it was weird having to testify and be really serious. The judge kept making jokes and quoting Shakespeare, which made me think I might win." Adding, "I think it helped that I have a law degree. Most people look at me and think I probably didn't finish grade school!"

Asked about the success of the Pitch Perfect movies, she says, "We really can't believe how successful they've become. The movies really changed my life."

Revealing she has action sequences in the new movie, she says, "I had to do hard core stunts. I look lazy but actually I really got into it."

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black join Graham and his other guests for a chat about the new Jumanji movie.

Dwayne says: "We wanted to do something that was respectful of the work of Robin Williams as well as creating something fresh. Once we figured out the new take on it we just did it. It was great fun."

Asked how he managed to play a 16-year-old girl, Jack jokes, "I've had that character in my tool box for many years but I never thought I would get to use it. It wasn't based on any one I know now, but probably all those girls I knew in the 1980s at high school."

Whilst Dwayne tells how he loved making the film in Hawaii, Kevin reveals, "I didn't like it at all. I particularly didn't like the jungle. I am not an outdoors guy because there are too many spiders and centipedes."

Jack performs his own version of the movie's theme tune.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds perform Holy Mountain live in the studio before Noel joins graham for a chat.


This episode was delayed from its scheduled 10:35pm slot.

Broadcast details

Friday 8th December 2017
45 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Dawn French Guest
Jack Black Guest
Noel Gallagher (as Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds) Guest
Rebel Wilson Guest
Jessica Chastain Guest
Dwayne Johnson Guest
Kevin Hart Guest
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Band
Writing team
Rob Colley Writer
Christine Rose Writer
Production team
Steve Smith Director
Jon Magnusson Series Producer
Pete Snell Producer
Vicky Taylor Producer
Kate Radcliffe Producer
Graham Stuart Executive Producer


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