James Corden Says 'Late Late Show' Will "Recalibrate" Intro for London Edition After Terror Attacks
The host tells THR that the long-in-the-making opening sequence for the show's first U.K. broadcast — a "dream" for the Londoner and his fellow London-born team — didn't feel right following Saturday's deadly attacks.
The Late Late Show With James Corden is dropping into the U.K. this week, airing from London for three nights (June 6-9) on CBS in its first major international excursion. But the timing of its arrival — just days after the deadly attacks Saturday that left seven dead in the British capital — has forced the British host and the show's producers to make a major alteration to the planned opening sequence.
"We had a very, very big opening planned for our first show," says Corden, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter as The Late Late Show stage was assembled in Westminster Central Hall, a vast church in the heart of London that CBS has commandeered for the week (and is a far cry from the network's studios in L.A.).
"We'd already shot 80 percent of it, but we've decided to recalibrate it. We're going to try and do something different, but we haven't yet figured it out yet," he says. "The tone of our show isn't going to change at all. But we feel that the first thing we do with the show being in London just can't be the idea that we did have and we've been working on for quite a while."
While Corden admits that such 11th hour edits are part and parcel of making The Late Late Show — "you've got to roll with whatever comes your way" — he says that it's not necessarily a bad thing to be coming to London at this time.
"In one sense, of course it's a sad time to be here, but in another sense, actually maybe bringing a show that airs I think in 153 countries to London for three nights...is a wonderful time to be doing it."
While the intro is being changed, the guests for the three episodes have already been lined up, with Nicole Kidman, David Beckham, Tom Cruise, Kit Harington, Russell Brand, and Anthony Joshua set to appear. Harry Styles and Kings of Leon are among the musical acts, while a special Carpool Karaoke with Ed Sheeran has been shot in L.A.
As a Londoner, Corden says it had "always been a dream" of his, and fellow London-born producer Ben Winston and the "many members of our staff who were from London," to bring The Late Late Show to their home city, but a move they never thought would be possible.
"Nothing shows how far we've come in two years than this very thing we're looking at now," he says. "This is an achievement beyond our wildest dreams. Just building this for three days is incredible. I don't know if a late night show has ever traveled internationally on this scale. I don't think so."
Although more than two years in L.A. hasn't — yet — added a California twang to Corden's accent, he does admit to having picked up one very American way of communicating in the workplace.
"I'm constantly reaching out and circling back, or waiting for people to reach out before I can circle back," he laughs. "It's a relentless 'reach out and circle back' to the point where you think nothing is ever actually happening."