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BBC One and BBC Two chat show hosted by Graham Norton. 433 episodes (28 series), 2007 - 2021. Stars Graham Norton.

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Series 25, Episode 4 - Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, Matthew Broderick, Zac Efron, The Specials

Charlize Theron says her latest role is very different to any she's done before; Seth Rogen talks about life imitating art; Zac Efron says he had a lot of reservations about playing Ted Bundy; Matthew Broderick talks about Marlon Brando; and The Specials perform live in the studio.

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Charlize Theron, talking about her new movie Longshot, and how her character is so very different it is from others she has played, she says, "The thought of working with Seth felt like a great opportunity because usually I play a bitch, I kill people, or I get killed. I never thought I would be in a genre like this so it's really nice at this point in my career to feel grounded and authentic to who I am as a person and an actor."

Asked if she is every likely to appear in a musical, Charlize says, "I can't sing. It is really terrible." Seth Rogen interjects, "We had to cut a singing scene out of the movie because it was bad!"

Talking about her South African roots and bringing up her own children, she says, "I have taught them a little Afrikaans, but it's a language filled with very conflicted history. I am raising two beautiful proud black African girls and I want them to find themselves and not necessarily push my ancestry on them, but I have taught them two very sweet Afrikaans songs about politeness."

Seth Rogen, talking about Longshot, its political background, and what motivated the character of the president, says, "We thought hard about what he could be, and we had the idea that he would be an actor that played the president on a successful TV show and then became the president of the United States. We thought it was kind of crazy and then, the exact same thing happened recently in Ukraine. Just when you think you've outdone reality, reality comes up with something crazier than you could ever think of!"

Revealing he once worked with Stormy Daniels, he says, "She's in Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. If you want someone to be naked in a film hire a porn star - it will be the easiest thing they did that week! Back then she told us she had slept with Donald Trump but hearing that a porn star had slept with him wasn't interesting at all and we weren't shocked because it was expected information. Years later it became very relevant information and I wondered if I should say something!"

Zac Efron, talking about starring as Ted Bundy in his new film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, says, "I had a lot of reservations about playing a killer and in this genre of film. I wasn't interested in glorifying anything, but I was interested in the psychological aspect of whether he was capable of real love."

Asked if he had to convince anyone that he was capable of the role because it is so different to anything he has done before, he says, "I was very hesitant to do it, but I knew I could. I just didn't want to jump at something that could be seen as a desperate shot at trying to change my image. It was a unique experience and not what anyone expects. It makes me proud."

Talking about The Greatest Showman and asked if there might be a sequel, he says, "Hugh [Jackman] is working on all sorts of things including a one man show. What's next? I don't know but I hope there is a sequel."

Matthew Broderick, talking his play The Starry Messenger and appearing in London's West End for the first time, says, "It's hard to sum up, but it's a wonderful play and I am very happy to have another chance at it [he has appeared in the Broadway version]. I've had a few opportunities before to work in London but with children it's not easy to do."

Asked about working with the late great Marlon Brando in the early part of his career, Matthew says, "I didn't think he would show up because he was so very late and when he finally did, he was on his knees apologising. He was wearing a tan velour sweat suit, a cowboy hat and pink sunglasses. He always used an earpiece through which his assistant fed him his lines, but he was still fantastic and worked very hard. He kept the earpiece in all the time, so you never knew if he was talking to you or his assistant."

The Specials perform Embarrassed By You live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat about their number one hit and first new album in 38 years.

Broadcast details

Friday 26th April 2019
50 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Graham Norton Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Zac Efron Guest
Charlize Theron Guest
Seth Rogen Guest
Matthew Broderick Guest
The Specials 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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