Series 24, Episode 6 - Claire Foy, Kurt Russell, David Walliams, Lee Evans, Mumford & Sons
Kurt Russell, talking about playing Santa in his new film The Christmas Chronicles, and asked how he approached playing someone everyone loves, says, "I was thrilled. Christmas is huge in our family and I was excited to have the opportunity to play an iconic character. I felt a great pressure to create a real Santa Claus. The film presents a very different Santa. It was a total blast."
On his beardedness for the film, he says, "It was full on and took about four months to grow. Goldie hated the look I had for The Hateful Eight - actually I hated it too - but she was much better with the big Santa beard."
Talking more about Goldie Hawn, his partner of 35-year, and people's endless fascination with their relationship, he says, "It's been spectacular and can't believe that it was destined to be. At the same time, we live a normal life and have all the same issues that other people with four kids have."
Claire Foy, talking about her latest film The Girl in the Spider's Web and asked if she jumped at the opportunity to do something so different from other roles she's had, says, "Originally I thought, 'Not on your nelly!' Not because of the contrast, which would have been extreme anyway, but it was more the fact that two other actresses have played the character to great acclaim and, because it is such a loved set of novels, you are going into it thinking you can only lose."
Asked about the action sequences and whether she did the stunts herself, she says, "If time wasn't an issue, I'd love to have learnt to ride a bike but they wouldn't let me. I had three incredible women stunt doubles but I did the all the fight scenes myself. I loved it and could do it all the time now!"
Talking about The Crown and asked if she misses it, she says, "It's been a year and half ago since we finished. I do miss everybody but it goes on. I hear amazing things. Olivia Colman is loving it I think and is having an amazing time. I genuinely think that when it starts people will say, 'Who was it that played it before?'"
David Walliams, talking about receiving an OBE, says, "It's a nice thing. I wanted it to happen for my mum. I knew she would enjoy the day out." Revealing his mum (who is in the audience) doesn't always want to accompany him to Graham's show, he says, "She always asks who else is on and if she approves she will leave the house and come along."
Lee Evans joins Graham for a chat about starring in Harold Pinter's one act plays. Asked about meeting the playwright, he says, "He was formidable. It took me two weeks to get up the courage to say hello. He was a brilliant bloke."
Talking about coming out of retirement for the role, he says, "I am trying to retire because my wife wants me at home after all the touring. It got really massive. I thought I would be at home for a couple of years and she would get fed up with me and make me go back!"
Mumford & Sons perform Guiding Light live in the studio, before Marcus and Ben join Graham for a chat about their new album and tour.
- Friday 2nd November 2018
- BBC One
- 50 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|Marcus Mumford (as Mumford & Sons)||Guest|
|Winston Marshall (as Mumford & Sons)||Guest|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
|Catherine Strauss||Line Producer|
|Chris Webster||Production Designer|
|Mandy Furlonger||Make-up Designer|
|Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis)||Composer|
|Mike Sutcliffe||Lighting Designer|
The guests discuss (fake) tattoos they've had to wear for past acting jobs.
Lee Evans discusses growing up in Bristol and a classroom prank he used to pull.
Claire Foy talks doing her own stunts, and a particular fondness for strangling people.