What US talk shows taught us: Rebel Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe & Breaking Bad

Jennifer Liu rounds up the hottest action from the Stateside sofas

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What US talk shows taught us: Rebel Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe & Breaking Bad
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Rebel Wilson was a rebel in school

The Aussie actress who keeps us laughing from Bridesmaids to Pitch Perfect (and its impending sequel, as we hear) visited with Jimmy Fallon this week to promote her new US comedy show. But acting hasn’t been the only thing keeping Wilson busy; the talk show host brought out two magazines the comedian has graced in the past few weeks, including the New Yorker and Hunger.

“I never thought I’d be the poster child for Hunger,” Wilson joked. “I’d like to announce my retirement from acting so I can concentrate on my acting career. I’m sick of being vacuous and all the dieting. It drives me nuts!” 

Continuing with the quick whips, the two chatted about Wilson’s childhood and her time at an all-girls boarding school with quite the security system.

“I was the mastermind of all the breakouts,” she said. “I was the Walter White of my boarding school.”

But with her knack for getting in trouble, at least she has a law degree to back her up.

“In my first week of law school, I realized it wasn’t anything like Ally McBeale. No dancing babies, you didn’t get to sing at the end of the week — none of that. So it was really, really boring.”

We're glad you turned to acting instead, Rebel.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hot waiter

JGL might be out promoting his new film Don Jon about a porn-addicted New Jersey-an, but his acting career very well might have taken a turn for a different kind of service industry.

He spoke with Jay Leno about how he spent an evening while living in New York helping a high school friend work a catering job. Slicked down in all black, he spent the evening serving champagne and received some unexpected attention.

“What’s funny is I’ve never been hit on more in my life,” he said. More than out as an actor, way more. I should play a waiter, maybe.”

We can hardly believe it, but good thing he moved on from his one-time gig. But by all means, JGL, feel free to stop by our dinner tables anytime.

Harry Potter challenges Frodo Baggins to a duel

Daniel Radcliffe visited the set of The Colbert Report to promote his upcoming album Kill Your Darlings. As the actor portraying American poet Allen Ginsberg, Radcliffe and the talk show host chatted about the ‘50s, how he perfects his American accent, and one snuck in “You’re a wizard, Harry.”

The conversation took a bit of a detour when host Stephen Colbert mentioned that Elijah Wood had just appeared on the show prior to Radcliffe’s visit.

“Do you think you could take him in a fight?” Colbert questioned.

“I’m not going to call him out or anything,” Radcliffe responded, but only with a brief hesitation followed by: “But, hell yes! Yes I could!

Daniel RadcliffeVince Gilligan has some final words on Walter White (spoilers ahead!)

With a tear in our eyes and the taste of blue meth lingering on our tongues, we said goodbye to the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad earlier this week. But to help us cope with the loss, Vince Gilligan stopped by The Colbert Report and spoke with Stephen Colbert about his most celebrated and despised character.

“The show is my blue meth, and now I need to be in some 12-step recovery program now that it’s over,” Gilligan said of his masterpiece.

That feeling of letting go didn’t come with some thoughts about parting with the anti-hero that is Walter White. For many of us, there were varying parts of the show when it seemed Walt took a turn to the dark side for good, and the same goes for the showrunner’s thoughts on the protagonist.

 “It was two episodes ago in Ozymandias,” he explained. “The moment where Walt says to Jesse with apparent glee, ‘I watched Jane die. She choked to death and I could have saved her and I didn’t.’ I think that was the most sadistic thing he did.”

“Even with all the things Walt did, he was not purely sadistic very often. And that time was the most sadistic he was.”

And as the show promised, all bad things had to come to an end.

“It seemed like the implicit promise in the show,” Gilligan said. “At the beginning, we’re told he has two years to live, and it seemed like we should adhere to the promise we implicitly made. So why not stick with it?”

 



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