Ben Stiller

  • Aired:  12/19/13
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Ben Stiller discusses the power of imagination, celebrating the holidays and his movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." (6:50)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY, YOU MIGHT KNOW MY

GUEST, HE IS THE STAR OF THESECRET LIFE OF WALTER HITTY,

PLEASE WELCOME BEN STILLER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WHOOO!

HEY, BEN, GOOD TO SEE YOU.

HEY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU, SO FLISNICE TO MEET YOU

FACE-TO-FACE.

>> I KNOW, HOW ARE YOU.

>> Stephen: I'M GREAT, HOWARE YOU.

>> I'M DOING WELL.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE THAT GUYI LIKE.

>> OH, GOOD.

>> Stephen: I LOVE YOURMOVIES, MAN.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: I LOVE YOURMOVIE, I LOVE NEW THOSE

MOVIES.

>> YEAH, WELL I TEND TO BEIN THE MOVIES THAT I'M IN,

SO.

>> Stephen: BUT I LIKE NEWTHOSE MOVIES.

>> I TEN TO BE IN THE MOVIESTHAT YOU LIKE THAT I AM IN.

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND.

BUT HERE IS WHAT I DON'T GETABOUT ACTORS, DOES THAT MEAN

I LIKE YOU?

>> I DONE KNOW.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

SOMETHING ABOUT MARRY,TROPIC THUNDER, OKAY.

>> THOSE ARE THE TWO.

>> Stephen: NOW, BUT RIGHTUP THERE, MAN, RIGHT UP

THERE.

BUT NOW YOU'VE GOT THISSECRET LIFE OF WALTER HITTY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, YES.

>> Stephen: THIS IS ABEAUTIFUL MOVIE.

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: A LITTLE CLIPHERE.

>> LET'S SEE, I BATHED INARCTIC MOUNTAIN WATER.

>> I'M WALTER HITTY.

>> CHERYL, MILLHOFF.

>> WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN.

>> TESTING THE LIMITS OF THEHUMAN EXPERIENCE.

>> PERHAPS I CAN CONTACT YOU,POSSIBLY THROUGH MY-- POETRY

FALCON.

>> POETRY FALCON, I LIKETHAT

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: YEAH, THOSE GUYS

A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER.

>> NO, NO HE IS MANAGINGTHAT, WALTER HAS, YOU KNOW,

HE IS A DAY DREAMER SOWLIVES IN HIS HEAD.

HE HAS THIS INCREDIBLEPOTENTIAL INSIDE OF HIM TO

BE ALL OF THESE THINGS BUTIN REAL LIFE HE CAN'T

REALIZE THAT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THEPOTENTIAL THAT WE HAVE

INSIDE OF US AND WHO WE CANBE AND BEING THE BEST

POSSIBLE VERSION OF OURSELVEIT IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK

IS UNIVERSALLY RELATABLE,THAT BEING.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T GET IT.

>> WELL, HE KEEPS ON, HE ISA SCULPTURE, A MOUNTAIN

CLIMBER AT ONE POINT AND ONEPOINT HE IS A LITTLE OLD MAN,

ANOTHER ONE -->> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: A WHICH OF THOSEIS THE REAL WALTER HITTY.

>> WELL, THEY'RE ALL ASPECTSOF HIS PERSONALITY.

THEY'RE ALL PART OF WHO HEIS.

IT IS THE SAME WAY YOU OR IHAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT

ASPECTS TO WHO WE ARE.

I'M SURE HAVE A LOT OFDIFFERENT DIMENSIONS INSIDE.

>> Stephen: SOMETIMES I WEARA TIE, SOMETIMES I DON'T.

>> YES, RIGHT SO, IF YOUWERE IN WALTER HITTY ONE OF

YOUR CHARACTERS YOU WOULD BEWEARING A TIE AND THE OTHER

ONE YOU WOULDN'T.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: DON'T ACTORSJUST IMAGINE THAT THEY ARE

SOMEONE ELSE, ARE YOU WALTERHITTY?

>> I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUARE SAYING TO ME, WHAT?

>> Stephen: ARE YOU WALTERHITTY, IS BEN STILLER WALTER

HITTY.

>> YEAH, SURE THERE AREPARTS OF ME I CAN RELATE TO

IN THE CHARACTER.

>> Stephen: DON'T YELL AT ME,DON'T YELL AT ME, I'M ASKING

YOU A QUESTION.

>> SORRY, SORRY.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, WHATI WANT TO KNOW IS --

>> I'M-- I DIDN'T GET YOURYOUR FILM, I DIDN'T

GET-- CARDS ON THE TABLE,I'M NOT ONE OF THESE

HOLLYWOOD ELITISTS WHOUNDERSTAND FILMS LIKE

SOMETHING ABOUT MARY ORTROPIC THUNDER OR THIS ONE.

>> I GET IT.

>> Stephen: I DON'T GET ARTFILM.

>> YOU DON'T GO FOR THE HIGHFALL OUTIN.

>> Stephen: I DON'T GO FORTHAT.

-- DOES THINGS THAT AREREAL.

>> HE ENGAGES IN REAL LIFE.

>> Stephen: HE ACTUALLY DOESTHINGS LATER.

>> HE DOES REAL THINGS,THINGS THAT HE IMAGINED

DOING AND HE HAS TO STEPINTO REALITY, AND KIND OF

SEIZE THE MOMENT AND GO ANDLIVE HIS LIFE FOR REAL.

>> Stephen: WHICH ONE OFTHOSE IS BETTER.

>> WELL, REAL LIFE, I THINK,YOU KNOW, IS A GOOD THING.

AND HAVING AN IMAGINATION ISA GOOD THING ALSO.

I THINK BOTH ARE ASPECTS,YOUR IMAGINATION, YOUR DAY

DREAMS CAN FUEL YOUR REALLIFE AND GET TO YOU DO

THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN'TNECESSARILY DO, IF YOU

DIDN'T HAVE THAT IMAGINATION.

>> Stephen: OKAY, OKAY.

SO IMAGINATION IS GOOD.

AND REAL LIFE IS GOOD.

>> YESING EXACTLY.

BOTH ARE OKAY.

>> Stephen: DO HE MAKES NOJOURNEY-- HE'S MANAGING

THINGS AN IT'S GOOD ANDLATER IT DOES REAL THINGS

THAT ARE GOOD SO HE DOESN'TGET ANY BETTER OR WORSE

THROUGHOUT THE FILM.

>> DID YOU ACTUALLY SEE THEMOVIE.

>> Stephen: I DID SEE ITSMOVIE, I DIDN'TEE IT SHALL

DID -- I SAW IT OUT OFORDER.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: I SAW ITBENJAMIN BUTTON STYLE.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT, EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: THAT IS ONE OFMY FAVORITE SKEERNTION

SPOILER ALERT, I DON'T WANTTO SPOIL ANYTHING THAT IS

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS INTHE MOVIES.

>> NO, NO IT'S ALL ABOUTBECOMING WHO, YOU KNOW, THE

BEST POSSIBLE VERSION OFYOURSELF, I GUESS OR BEING

WHO YOU WANT TO BE.

>> Stephen: IS THIS THE BESTPOSSIBLE VERSION OF YOU, BEN

STILLER.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, AT THISMOMENT, YES.

>> Stephen: AS GOOD AS ITGETS.

>> YES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, NOW

LET'S TALK ABOUT THEELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

THIS THING OPENS ONCHRISTMAS DAY.

>> YES T IS.

>> Stephen: THAT ISBALANCESY, MY MAN.

THAT'S BALANCESY, YOU ARESAYING TO A CHRISTIAN NATION,

DON'T BE WITH YOUR FAMILY ONCHRISTMAS DAY, COME SEE MY

MOVIE.

>> YEAH, WELL, YOU KNOW-- .

>> Stephen: TO HELL WITHJESUS.

>> I WANTED FIRST NIGHT OFHANUKKAH AS THE OPENING AND

IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

>> Stephen: THEY DIDN'T GOFOR IT.

>> YOUR DAD, JERRY STILLERGAVE US FESTIVUS.

>> YES, HE DID.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> YEAH.

I GREW UP IN A HOUSE WITH MYMOM IRISH CATHOLIC AND MY

DAD JEWISH SO WE HADHANUKKAH AND WE HAD

CHRISTMAS, WE HAD IT ALL.

>> Stephen: CELEBRATEDCHRISTMAS AS WELL.

>> MERRY CHRISTMAS.

>> THANK YOU, WE HAD THETREE, WE DIDN'T GET ULTRA

RELIGIOUS ABOUT IT.

>> Stephen: AND YOU MIGHTWANT TO SAY.

>> HAPPY HANUKKAH, MERRYCHRISTMAS, I LOVE CHRISTMAS,

IT'S THE SEASON, IT'S GIVING,IT'S WARMTH, IT'S GENEROSITY,

IT'S APPRECIATING WHAT WEHAVE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTYOU'VE GIVEN ALL OF US ON

CHRISTMAS DAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: A WAY TO GETAWAY FROM OUR FAMILY.

>> EXACTLY.

GO PLAY GOLF FOR FIVE HOURSAND COMPLETE THIS DEAL.

>> Stephen: I'M PLAYING GOLFUP HERE RIGHT NOW.

I'M ON THE 8th HOLE OFPEBBLE BEACH.

>> I HAVE BEEN PLAYINGTENNIS FOR THE LAST 15

SECONDS IN MY HEAD.

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOUDOING.

>> WONDERFUL, I JUST ASDYOU.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

YOU ARE SUCH AN ELITIST.

BEN STILLER, THANK YOU SOMUCH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: THE SECRET LIFE

OF WALTER HITTY, CHRISTMASDAY.

BEN STILLER, WE'LL BE RIGH