On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, comedian and actor James Franco joked with Jimmy Fallon and actor Chadwick Boseman talked about his role as James Brown in the upcoming biopic Get On Up. Having Franco guest on a Monday episode is a great way to start off the week. Chadwick Boseman was a cool addition to the show, also.
After the monologue came the segment “Freestylin’ With the Roots (the house band).” The band makes up a song on the spot based on details that audience members relate to host Jimmy Fallon. The first guy is from Astoria, Queens, and he likes “to sit around in his backyard in the summer” for enjoyment. The Roots will attempt to do a Jackson 5 inspired song about him. It sounded pretty awesome!
Next up was Nick. If he was a superhero, he said his name would probably be “Nuclear Nick.” His one weakness would be “cheese.” Fallon asked The Roots to do “a Reggae kinda song” about Nick. The Roots are an excellent band and did a great the Reggae version.
Reyna was the third person. When Fallon asked her what she would do if sharks came down in a tornado, she said “Jump in the tub with my kids.” She said she would be “even more afraid of flying cows.” The Roots were asked to do a James Brown-influenced song. Again, they ROCKED IT OUT! They are all very inventive and this is always a pretty cool segment of the show when they do it.
James Franco was the first guest one right after a commercial break. He talked with Jimmy about appearing in the play “Of Mice and Men.” Then, he handed Fallon a baseball cap and sunglasses and he also put on some and they took selfies. Franco said he was going to be in a movie based on Child of God by Cormac McCarthy. The movie is so dark you have to wear sunglasses,” Fallon quipped.
Franco said that his character does a lot of terrible things in the movie, “murder and worse.”
After a commercial break, Jimmy Fallon introduced a new game “5 Second Summary.” James Franco would try to summarize the plot of a movie in five seconds and Falon wtehn tried to guess what the movie was Franco was summarizing. American Pie was the first movie; Franco said the word “pie,” though, so that one did not count.
Toy Story was the next one — Fallon tried giving the summary, also accidentally saying “toy.”
Fallon screwed up clues for The Matrix and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, as well. Mrs. Doubtfire was one which Franco give a summary for — he got Fallon to give the right answer. Then, Fallon hummed the theme song for Saturday Night Fever, and Franco guessed it.
“Wilson” was a clue Jimmy Fallon gave for Castaway. However, Franco did not get the answer right.
Jimmy Fallon gave the clue “you” for Pineapple Express, which James Franco starred in. He eventually got the correct answer.
Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42. His role as James Brown is very different, but Boseman pulls off the acting and is spot-on with the singing. Mick Jagger is the producer of the movie. Jagger has frequently mentioned the huge influence that James Brown had on him and his dance moves on stage.The clip for the biopic was pretty intense.
Boseman was not at all sure that he could be James Brown, himself, at first. He also was not totally sure about the importance that the Godfather of Soul had on music and culture all over the world. From the short video clip from Get On Up, it looks like it will be a fantastic show about James Browns’ life. Get On Up will be in theaters August 1, 2014.
Jenny Lewis was the last guest of the evening performing a song from The Voyager, her first solo album in six years. She is a wonderful singer and her performance was one more nice touch to a terrific Monday night episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Lewis played one of Lucille Ball’s grandchildren on Life with Lucy in 1986. In 2005, Lewis formed the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, with which she released six albums. The Voyager will be released on July 29.
Any time that James Franco appears with Jimmy Fallon and jokes around with him is sure to make for a pretty cool episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Chadwick Boseman, talking about his role as James Brown, was very interesting and the video clip he showed looks like the biopic will be a Must-See for James Brown fans. Jenny Lewis sang beautifully and is a musical artist that is worth checking out.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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