James Corden has made a splash on this side of the pond as host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show”, but he’s already looking to what lies ahead beyond being a late-night host.
Corden, 40, dropped into Howard Stern’s SiriusXM studio on Wednesday, and candidly discussed his future with the show.
“I just have to physically think about what I want to do, really. That’s it. That’s mainly it,” Corden told the 65-year-old radio host.
“Do you remember when David Letterman announced he was stepping down? He said, ‘I told myself that the day I got bored of this job, a decade later I’d retire,'” Corden continued.
“Which is just a brilliant line. And what I don’t want to do, what I never want to do is get to a point where it’s just like, ‘Ugh, I’m still doing this,'” he added. “I just always want it to be alive and I would hope the trick is to go, you know, I never got bored of it. I never got bored of it and I did it for absolutely the right amount of time and it was a kind of a punk move when I decided to do it and I wonder what the next punk move might be.”
Corden also insisted that his primary intent with “The Late Late Show” is to entertain. “I don’t ever consider myself a broadcaster,” he told Stern. “I consider myself a performer, really. I think that’s probably where my strengths lie. Lots of people would say about these [late-night] shows, that you’ve got to play to your strengths. And I say, no, I think you’ve just got to ignore your weaknesses.”
Stern also asks Corden to single out the best “Carpool Karaoke”, and his answer is not surprising. “My favourite for sure is Paul McCartney. I remember when I was doing it, thinking, ‘I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve such memories,” he responded, seeming to tear up.
“I just had this overwhelming feeling, like, my grandfather, who was a musician, who I’m pretty sure introduced The Beatles to me, with my dad at the time, I just had this overwhelming feeling that if he could see this, if he had the opportunity to shake the man’s hand, it would have made his week, his month, his year, and here am I singing these very songs… it overwhelmed me,” he added.
Later in the interview, Corden shared a hilarious anecdote about how he was supposed to get in touch with Tom Cruise by phone. Instead of giving him his number, however, Cruise instead created an elaborate “Mission: Impossible”-themed puzzle that Corden had to solve in order to make the call. Watch: