cOlbert's Book Club - Learning "The Great Gatsby"

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To prepare for his intellectual book discussion with Jennifer Egan, Stephen compares "The Great Gatsby" notes with Carey Mulligan. (6:57)

SHAKESPEARE'S "ROMEO AND

JULIETTE."

( APPLAUSE )

NOW, OF COURSE, SINCE I HAVE

KNOWN FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS

THAT I WAS GOING TO BE STUSSING

THIS BOOK ON TELEVISION, I HAVE

BEEN PREPARING.

FIRST, BY READING IT.

( LAUGHTER )

, WHICH I REALLY ENJOYED AND

DEFINITELY DID DO.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT TO REALLY BONE UP ON ALL OF

THAT READING OF THIS BOOK THAT

DID, EARLIER TODAY, I COMPARED

NOTES WITH OSCAR-NOMINATED STAR

OF "AN EDUCATION," CAN THE

DRIVE, AND THE DRY, CAREY

MULLIGAN.

JIM.

>> HELLO?

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: CAREY.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TO TALK

ABOUT THE BOOK.

>> MY PLEASURE.

( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: I AM LOVING THIS

STORY.

>> SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T READ

ANYMORE SPHWHRI KNOW.

IT'S SAD.

NOW, LET'S TALK "GATSBY.

OF THE.

>> THE MOVIE IS VERY TRUE TO THE

BOOK AND THE HUMAN COMPLICATIONS

ARE JUST AS PAINFUL AND

PERCEPTIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN AS

ON THE PAGE.

AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT

TOBY AND NICK AND LEAH AS GATSBY

WHO IS JUST PERFECT.

>> Stephen: WHEN I READ

"GATSBY" I THOUGHT LEO POP WHOSE

IDEA WAS IT TO CAST HIM?

>> LEO.

>> Stephen: WHAT WOULD YOU

SAY ARE THE MAJOR PLOT POINT OF

THE MOVIE.

>> ALL THE ACTIONS AND SCENES

ARE THE SAME AS THEY ARE IN THE

BOOK, WHICH YOU'D KNOW IF YOU

READ IT.

>> Stephen: I JUST, YOU KNOW,

I JUST LOVE HOW HE'S CONSTANTLY

GATS BEING IN A REALLY GREAT

AWAY, YOU KNOW.

FOR ME, THE QUESTION VALLEY,

"GREAT GATSBY" OR THE

"GREATESTEST GATSBY."

I'M GOING TO GO THE GREATEST.

>> HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK?

>> Stephen: YES.

>> STEPHEN?

>> DISPL SOME OF THE IT.

>> HOW MUCH?

>> Stephen: NONE.

>> STEPHEN!

>> CAREY, I WORK HALF AN HOUR A

NIGHT FOUR NIGHT A WEEK.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO READ THIS

THING?

IT'S A MONSTER!

YOU HAVE TO HELP ME.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO JENNIFER

EGAN IS GOING TO BE HERE AND BE

ALL PULEITZER AND SMART TALKING

AND I-- YOU HAVE TO HELP ME.

JUST TELL ME THE PLOT OF THE

MOVIE.

YOU'RE IN IT.

YOU SHOULD KNOW.

>> I KNOW, I'M IN THE MOVIE.

STEPHEN, NATURALLY, I KNOW WHAT

HAPPENS.

>> Stephen: THANK GOD!

SO JUST PLEASE, JUST TELL ME

ENOUGH TO FAKE IT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

WELL, MY CHARACTER IS DAISY

BUCHANAN.

>> Stephen: DAISY, IS THAT

THE FLOWER?

IS THAT A METAPHOR.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> SHE LIVES IN A BIG HOUSE WITH

HER HUSBAND, TOM.

>> Stephen: SLOW DOWN.

TOM.

>> BUT SHE IS IN LOVE WITH

GATSBY.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE THROWS

THESE BIG PARTIES, YOU KNOW, AND

IT'S SPECTACULAR AND IT'S 3D AND

IT'S SEX AND COSTUMES AND THE

DAISY SOUNDTRACK, IT'S BAZ

LUHRMAN, I MEAN.

COME ON.

>> Stephen: YEAH, I KNOW.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: AND THEN WHAT

HAPPENS?

UM, THEN, IT TURNS OUT THAT

GATSBY HAS A SECRET PAST.

>> Stephen: WOW!

AND WHAT IS THAT?

>> HE IS A, UM, A MOVIE STUNT

DRIVER WHO ALSO DRIVES GEFT AWAY GETAWAY

CARS AND HE GETS IN TROUBLE WITH

THESE REALLY BAD GUYS AND

HAMMERS A NAIL IN THIZ HEAD.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: CAREY?

>> UM.

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE PLOT

OF THE MOVIE "DRIVE"."

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT.

>> NO!

>> Stephen: CAREY?

>> STEPHEN, I ONLY GET MY PART

OF THE SCRIPT AND YOU SHOOT

MOVIES OUT OF ORDER.

I CAN NEVER FIGURE OUT THE PLOT.

YOU SHOOT THE SCENE AND THEN YOU

BREAK FOR LUNCH.

IS LUNCH IN THE MOVIE?

I'M TOO AFRAID TO ASK.

>> Stephen: WHY DON'T YOU

JUST LOOK AT THE SCRIPT?

>> I CAN'T READ.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THIS

SAY?

>> HAPPY... YOU.

>> Stephen: CAN'T READ.

YOU SEEM SO SMART.

HOW DO YOU LEARN YOUR LINES?

>> I DON'T.

THEY USE THE SAME TRICK AS IN

THE TALKING DOG MOVIES.

THEY PUT PEANUT BUTTER ON THE

ROOF OF MY MOUTH AND WHEN I TRY

TO LICK IT OFF, THEY USE ANOTHER

VOICE.

I WAS COUNTING ON YOU TOW TELL

ME ABOUT THE BOOK.

I JUST TOLD RYAN SEACREST, "THE

GREAT GATSBY" IS A GREAT, AND I

THINK BIRD.

>> Stephen: IS IT?

>> POSSIBLE.

HEY, IT'S A BUTTERFLY.

>> Stephen: MAYBE IT'S A

METAPHOR.

LET'S FOLLOW IT

♪ BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY

IT'S IN A BOOK

♪ A READING RAINBOW

♪ A READING RAINBOW

♪ A READING RAINBOW ♪ ♪

>> LERKS VAL, OF BURTON.

>> WELCOME TO A VERY SPECIAL

EDITION OF "A READING REIN BOW."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR A STORY

ABOUT THE DISLIEWGZ OF IDENTITY

AND UNFILLABLE VOID IN US ALL.

>> THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.

>> NO, IT'S "THE GREAT GATSBY."

>> HUH?

>> THE BOOK YOU WERE JUST

TALKING ABOUT.

IT'S A SEARCHING INDICTMENT OF

SELF-DELUSION AND MATERIAL

EXCESS IN WHICH THE GREED OF THE

TIMES COMPLETELY CORRODES THE

VERY FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN

DREAM.

>> SHUT UP AND TELL US WHAT

HAPPENS.

>> CAREY, A BOOK ISN'T JUST GO

BWHAT HAPPENS.

IT'S ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S

IMAGINATION.

EVERY WORD SAY MAGIC CARPET

WAITING TO WHISK YOU OFF TO

ANOTHER TIME OR PLACE.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY

WORD FOR IT.

READ THE BOOK!

>>

>> Stephen: HE'S REET, CAREY,

THIS WHOLE TIME WE'VE RUNNING

AWAY FROM THE BOOK WHEN WE COULD

HAVE JUST SAT DOWN AND READ IT.

>> YOU'RE SO RIGHT, STEEN

PICOULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER

MYSELF.

>> Stephen: THANKS, LAVAR.

>> I STILL CAN'T READ.

>> HERE, TRY MY READING GLASSES.

>> OH, MY GOD.

I CAN SEE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

>> OKAY, YOU TWO, GET THE HELL

OUT OF MY RAINBOW.

♪ ♪ ♪

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT

BACK WITH JENNIFER EGAN.

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