John Malkovich

  • Aired:  04/01/14
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John Malkovich discusses his role in "Cesar Chavez," the importance of labor rights and his natural fragrance. (6:36)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK!

MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW FILMABOUT CESAR CHAVEZ.

WHAT CRAZY THING WILL HOLLYWOODTHINK OF NEXT?

PLEASE WELCOME JOHN MALKOVICH!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)ALL RIGHT, SIR.

YOU'RE A HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY --OSCAR NOMINEE, EMMY WINNER --

YOU'RE CLEARLY A LIBERAL, RIGHT?

YOU'RE A LIBERAL, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: GOATEE GIVES YOU AWAY.

>> IT'S MERELY A SOUL PATCH.

>> Stephen: IT KIND OF IS ANDJUXTAPOSES NICELY WITH THE SUIT

MADE OF SKY YOU BROUGHT WITH YOUTODAY.

I HAVE TO SAY THE FRIENDLINESSOF THE SUIT MAKES THIS PART MUCH

SCARIER, ALL RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)OKAY.

WHY ARE YOU PLAYING THE HERO INTHE MOVIE ABOUT LABOR ORGANIZER

CAESAR CHAVEZ?

>> THE HERO?

>> Stephen: YEAH, BECAUSEYOU'RE THE RANCH OWNER, YOU'RE

THE JOB CREATOR, YOU'RE THEFRIEND OF RICHARD NIXON.

YOU'RE THE HERO OF THE MOVIETRYING TO STOP THE LABOR

ORGANIZERS FROM SUCCEEDING.

WHY PLAY HERO FOR ONCE?

YOU'RE USUALLY THE BAD GUY.

>> YEAH, I MEAN, IT HAPPENS,YEAH.

>> Stephen: YEAH.

IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TOTHINK OF SOMEONE WHO CAN

CALL RICHARD NIXON ON THEPHONE AS A HERO.

>> Stephen: I AGREE -- ALITTLE BIT.

>> BUT I'M NOT SURE I WOULDCLASSIFY AS HEROIC SOMEONE WHO

SIMPLY DOESN'T WANT TO PAYANYBODY A LIVING WAGE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YEAH.

BUT WHAT THE MARKET WILL BEAR,OKAY...

THE INVISIBLE HAND OF THE MARKETSAYS YOU PAY PEOPLE AS LITTLE AS

YOU POSSIBLY CAN SO YOU CAN MAKEMORE MONEY AND PAY THEM.

OKAY?

(APPLAUSE)MAYBE WE SHOULD EXPLAIN TO THE

PEOPLE THE STORY.

I KNOW THE STORY OF CAESARCHAVEZ BECAUSE I WORKED WITH

THESE LOONS OVER IN THE UNITEDFARM WORKERS ABOUT FOUR YEARS

AGO.

TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT CHAVEZTRIED TO DO TO THE GOOD GRAPE

GROWERS OF CALIFORNIA.

>> WELL, HE TRIED TO ORGANIZETHE UNION, TO PAY PEOPLE AT

LEAST SOMETHING APPROACHING ADOESN'T DAY'S PAY FOR A DECENT

DAY'S WORK --?

MM-HMM.

WHO GETS TO SAY WHAT THAT IS?

CAESAR CHAVEZ.

>> SURE.

AND THINGS LIKE MAYBE GIVE THEMA PLACE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

>> Stephen: IT'S A FIELD, FORGOD'S SAKE

(LAUGHTER)IT'S A FIELD.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: WE HAVE A LITTLECLIP HERE.

JIMMY, ROLL THE CLIP.

>> WHO THE HELL IS THIS CASARCHAVEZ?

>> NOBODY KNOWS.

SOMEBODY SAY HE'S FROM ARIZONA.

WORD IS HE USED TO HANG AROUNDTHE OTHER COUNTIES FROM C.S.O.

IN THE VALLEY STIRRING UPTROUBLE.

I HEARD HE'S MEXICAN.

SEEMS A SAFE BET.

>> Stephen: NOW, CHAVEZ HAD AMOTTO --

(SPANISH)-- IT MEANS "YES, WE CAN."

OBAMA STOLE THAT FROM HIM ANDDIDN'T PAY HIM ANY ROYALTIES, AS

FAR AS I COULD TELL.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

A, ISN'T THAT UNION BUSTING INAND OF ITSELF?

AND, B, WHAT DO YOU THINKOBAMA'S GOALS AND CHAVEZ'S

GOALS, OR THESE EARLY UNIONGOALS, WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN

COMMON?

>> WELL, FIRST, I WOULD SAY THATOBAMA MAYBE COULD HAVE USED A

DIFFERENT PHRASE, SUCH AS "IFYOU LIKE YOUR LETTUCE, YOU CAN

KEEP YOUR LETTUCE."

GRANTED, I MEAN, PROBABLY HESHOULD HAVE PAID FOR IT.

BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT IT'S AQUESTIONABLE -- LET ME PUT IT TO

YOU THIS WAY -- IF THE WORLDWERE DIFFERENT, AND IF EVERYBODY

HERE'S POSITION WAS REVERSED,AND WE HAD TO CROSS A MEXICAN

BORDER TO FIND WORK, DON'T YOUTHINK IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF

SIMPLE FAIRNESS THAT, IF YOUWORK LIKE THEY DO -- LIKE DOGS

IN THE BLAZING SUN ALL THETIME -- THAT YOU MAKE ENOUGH TO

EAT AND CLOTHE A FAMILY ANDEDUCATE A FAMILY?

(APPLAUSE)(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW, IF YOUWANT YOUR LETTUCE, YOU CAN KEEP

YOUR LETTUCE -- CHAVEZ -- THEREWASN'T ENOUGH FOR THEM TO JUST

GET A LIVING WAGE.

THEY HAD TO DENY US OUR LETTUCE.

BECAUSE IN THE '70s -->> BUT ONLY --

>> Stephen: NO, THERE WAS ALETTUCE SHORTAGE.

WILL YOU ADMIT THERE WAS ALETTUCE SHORTAGE IN THE 1970s?

WILL YOU ADMIT IT, YES OR NO,SENATOR?

>> I WILL ONLY SAY THIS, THEYDIDN'T BOYCOTT BIB OR ICEBERG

LETTUCE.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

IT WAS ONLY THINGS LIKE ARUGULA(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: YOU'RE RIGHT.

I APOLOGIZE.

I'M SORRY.

I APOLOGIZE.

(LAUGHTER)THAT'S A BEAUTIFUL SUIT.

DID YOU DESIGN THAT?

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE YOUR OWNCLOTHING LINE.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S IT CALLED?

TECHNO-BOHEMIAN.

>> Stephen: CAN I SMELL LIKEMALKOVICH, IF I WANT?

>> I DON'T THINK YOU'D WANT.

>> Stephen: NO?

A LITTLE MALKOVICH?

>> NO, I DON'T HAVE A FRAGRANCE?

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T?

WOULD BIT OKAY IF I SMELLED YOU?

>> SURE.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: LIKE A BABY'SBOTTOM.

JOHN MALKOVICH!

THE MOVIE IS CESAR CHAVEZ, INTHEATERS NOW!

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