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On Wednesday’s (Oct. 4) episode of The Late Late Show, Julia Roberts stopped by and reenacted some of her most iconic film roles with the help of James Corden. The host and actress crammed a number of snippets from her impressive filmography of more than 50 movies into a nine-minute sketch.
The duo first took on Roberts’ turn in Notting Hill as Anna Scott, a successful actress commonly dubbed “America’s Sweetheart.” Corden played the role of Will Thacker, an independent bookstore owner originally portrayed by Hugh Grant. Roberts wrapped up by paying homage to the film’s most famous line and recited, “I’m also just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.”
Other film reenactments that followed included scenes from Mona Lisa Smile, Larry Crowne, Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias, Eat Pray Love and Closer.
Roberts revived her role as hooker Vivian Ward from the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman during the scene when she returned to a boutique that refused to sell her any merchandise a day before. Corden played the snobby retail worker who wouldn’t help her. Clad in a new ensemble, Roberts told Corden, “Big mistake. Big, huge! I have to go shopping now.”
The two then reenacted scenes from films Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Stepmom, Mirror Mirror, Flatliners, Hook, Charlotte’s Web and Erin Brockovich. They also managed to sneak in a promotion for her upcoming film, Wonder.
Corden stole the sketch as a modern-day George Clooney in the pair’s reenactment of Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. When Corden entered with two baby dolls attached to his chest and a bottle of tequila in one hand with a cup of coffee in the other, Roberts asked, “What are you doing?” He responded, “I’m being George Clooney,” as he pointed out his props.
The sketch came to an end with My Best Friend’s Wedding. Roberts got back into character as Julianne Potter and admitted her feelings for her best friend who is about to marry another woman. Corden then brought out a microphone and began to sing “I Say a Little Prayer (For You),” which was crooned by Rupert Everett’s character in the film during a dinner scene. Roberts then grabbed a microphone and joined in on the sing-a-long as confetti began to fall.
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Tracee Ellis Ross