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Joining the host in London, Cruise hit the road with O’Brien behind the wheel. “We’re going to do ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ right?” Cruise asked, confusing O’Brien’s segment with fellow late-night host James Corden’s popular sketches in which celebrities belt out songs while cruising the streets. When O’Brien explained that wasn’t what he had planned, Cruise inquired if they would be getting coffee together, as seen in Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
O’Brien had something bigger planned, however. “We’re going to blow up the internet. You want to do that?” the host asked. Cruise, a team player, was on board.
“Everyone else has done bells and whistles,” O’Brien explained. “My thing is we take it back to basics: We just drive.”
Cruise appeared skeptical of the comedian’s grand plans, but still agreed to burn some rubber despite O’Brien’s lack of experience driving on the left side of the road in England.
The trip started awkwardly, with the two stars not making much small talk. “I’m open to answer questions if you want to ask me some,” Cruise said, while O’Brien kept his focus on the road ahead.
Cruise even tried to break the ice by teasing a never-before-heard story about Jack Nicholson, but O’Brien was too concerned with navigating an upcoming roundabout to pay the superstar actor much mind. “Just remind me about that later and I’ll tell it,” said Cruise.
The awkwardness continued as O’Brien explained to Cruise that he hadn’t driven in quite some time as his license had been revoked in America. “I took these pills, and I was so whacked out, Tom,” O’Brien said, laughing heartily. Cruise, meanwhile, was too concerned with upcoming traffic obstacles to see the humor in O’Brien’s tale.
Eventually, O’Brien got around to asking some questions of Cruise. Unfortunately, he confused his travel companion with fellow actor Richard Gere in 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman.
When Cruise expressed his need for a restroom break, O’Brien offered him an empty water bottle. When Cruise rejected the offer, the host produced a bucket.
“How long have we been driving?” Cruise asked, exasperated. “About three and a half hours,” O’Brien responded. Shortly thereafter, Cruise unlocked his child safety locks and jumped from the moving vehicle.
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