Late Night Lately: A Very Special 'WandaVision' Episode

8:00 AM 3/6/2021

by Jennifer Konerman

The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests.

Courtesy of NBC (2); Conan O'Brien Show

The Hollywood Reporter's Late Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So pour your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late night moments that you can't afford to miss.

This week: The cast of WandaVision was out in full force this week, appearing across the late night world to promote the show's final episode. Elizabeth Olsen participated in a Tonight Show spoof, Kathryn Hahn discussed her theme song, Randall Park broke down his fight scene skills (and The Office episode he forgot he was in), while Paul Bettany shared some details on his casting and Vision's origin.

  • Paul Bettany Shares Details of Vision's Origin

    Joining Conan O'Brien on TBS on Thursday night, Paul Bettany predicted another night of technical difficulties for Disney+ upon WandaVision's latest episode (which he's very proud of), while also sharing some interesting details about his character's origin. 

    O'Brien explained that his children sat him down to break down Vision's comics history, but O'Brien still wondered: How did Bettany get involved to begin with? The actor explained that after working with Jon Favreau on Wimbledon, the now-director called Bettany looking for "a personality-less" disembodied voice, "somebody with no character at all," and he thought of Bettany. So the actor signed up immediately. 

    On Vision's physical origins, Bettany told the host that at one point, it was discussed that when Vision was "born," he needed to be naked, and therefore had to have a penis. "Artists were sent away to do all thsee renderings of Vision being born.... with a penis. And they put them all up on this huge wall," he said, and as director Joss Whedon saw it, he decided, said, Bettany, " 'never have I been more sure that I don't need to see Vision with a penis.' " 

  • Elizabeth Olsen Looks at 'WandaVision' Memes

    WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen stopped by The Tonight Show this week to discuss the show's upcoming finale and her upcoming film with Doctor Strange, after participating in a spoof called FallonVision. 

    "We were really swinging for the fences," Olsen said about the Disney+ show, "but you never know how something is going to be received and we didn't predict that there was going to be a pandemic where everybody was going to be living in a bubble like our characters."

    Close-lipped on details for Friday's finale, Olsen did say, "I think it answers the rest of the questions people may have, and leaves things open the way Marvel needs to."

    Fallon showed her some popular memes that have popped up from the show and Olsen also shared that her mother has been incorrectly calling her the "Red Witch" for years.


  • Kathryn Hahn on Her 'Agatha All Along' Theme

    Kathryn Hahn, Agatha Harkness on WandaVision, joined Late Night With Seth Meyers ahead of the show's finale to discuss her character's progression and Friday night TV.

    Hahn, who is now watching the show with her kids, told Meyers she's already missing her Friday night television tradition, as they reminisced about Friday night TV of years past. 

    The actress explained that she was presented with the whole series and her character's entire arc at the beginning and understood the whole story at large, even though, she said, "I was a little bit of a newbie to this world." 

    She also told Meyers that she practiced her "witch moves" plenty at home, and though her kids were wildly embarrassed by this, she decided it "landed a little cooler than I thought" because they're "suspiciously a little bit nicer to me."

    Meyers celebrated her character's song, "Agatha All Along," hit No. 1 on iTunes: "You're top of the charts, kid!"

    Hahn concentrated on how "bonkers" the whole situation is, but assured viewers their minds will be blown upon the final episode.


  • Randall Park on 'WandaVision' Fight Scenes, 'The Office' Role

    Randall Park, who plays fan-favorite character Jimmy Woo on WandaVision, chatted about the action in the show with Conan O'Brien this week. 

    Discussing a fight scene in the show, Park said he worked with the Marvel team for weeks to shoot one scene, and he recalled on the first day of training he had to show them how he would fight, which is when the stunt coordinator told him, "no, that's all wrong" and asked him why he was "screaming so much."

    Park even showed O'Brien the fight scene clip (with the screaming turned up a bit) and called it "badass," while O'Brien laughed off the bit he said he was "so proud of" with a straight face.

    Elsewhere in the interview, they discussed his popularity on TikTok due to his Marvel role and a role that he "completely forgot about" on The Office.


  • Stephen Colbert Puts Pressure on Paul Bettany for 'WandaVision' Finale

    Stephen Colbert, a big WandaVision fan, welcomed Paul Bettany to The Late Show and in his praise, put a lot of pressure on the actor for the show's ending. 

    Bettany, speaking about the digital vs. real aspects of his ears, his chest and his head, said he is lucky as the Vision actor because "my bald head is my best feature."

    Both fans of old sitcoms, the actor also explained how he got into The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched and other shows that inspired the Marvel show. "You go back and you watch them and you realize the amount of design," he said, "Dick Van Dyke is a genius."

    On the "spoiler lockbox" of the Marvel world, Colbert asked if Bettany was good at keeping secrets, to which Bettany said he was "gifted" at it, actually. "I don't want to know how the magic trick is done," he said, "I'd rather it was just the magic trick and none of the inner workings."