On today’s show (Saturday 6th May) Graham welcomes Oscar-winning Hollywood great Goldie Hawn, stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer, Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, Star Wars’ John Boyega and Eurovision hopeful Lucie Jones.
Goldie, talking about playing a very physical role in her new movie, Snatched, in which she stars with Amy, says, “I move around quite a lot. Action movies are really fun – you don’t know where you’ll end up but you’re having a ball. I am fit – I know I’m not as fit as a flea but I am a runner up to a flea!” Amy interjects, “Goldie is in really good shape – I was the one in the full body sling!”
Talking about becoming good friends with Goldie, Amy says, “We were staying in different places during filming but we still wanted to drink together every night so we would via FaceTime!” Goldie adds, “It was the next best thing to being together.”
Asked if their friendship is more like that of mother and daughter, Goldie says, “I don’t feel the age difference between us but sometimes I do feel maternal towards Amy – as I watch her I think she could be my daughter – my very troubled daughter!” Amy interjects, “I’d loved to have come out of you!”
Amy, talking about hanging out with Goldie and her family including partner, Kurt Russell, says, “I went to dinner at their house and Kurt answered the door and was so sweet and he gave me the warmest hello, saying, “It’s so great to finally meet you, Goldie loves you and I love you.’ It was so warm and I was like, ‘Thank you Kurt, we sat next to each other at the Golden Globes!’ He had no idea and nobody in this family remembered meeting me!”
Asked if men react differently to her now she is famous, she says, “No! Believe me, comedy does not lead to sex. For women I don’t think it really helps. Men say they love a funny girl but they are lying! They like to hang out with a funny girl but that’s it.”
Orlando, talking about his new film Unlocked and doing his own stunts, says, “Fisticuffs is a bit of fun. It was nice to get a bit muscular and dynamic though I did have a scary stunt when I had to be attacked by a 150lb Rottweiler. I love dogs but this one had a muzzle and was frothing at the mouth. It was really terrifying but I loved doing it, it was a big adrenalin rush.”
Asked about reprising his role of Will Turner in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean after 10 years, he says, “My six year old is desperate to see me in it. I’m not in it much but I don’t care that I just book-end it.” Asked if there will be more films, he says, “We’ll see. There is room for more.”
John, talking about not being recognised by everyone, says, “It was perfect. I went on a date in New York City and as we were driving through Time Square and she asked, ‘What do you do for a living?’ I just pointed up at the Star Wars billboard that showed me with a lightsaber and said, ‘That!’ That was the end of the relationship – the poster really affected her.”
Revealing that Orlando gave him advice on his love life before Star Wars came out, John says, “He told me to try and secure the love of my life before all the fame stuff starts.”
And, on appearing at The Old Vic in Woyzech, he says, “It is a deep dark play I wanted to do away from the colourful Star Wars stuff. Growing up I loved going to the theatre but The Old Vic was somewhere I never related to. For me it wasn’t real or gritty enough but now they are trying to expand their audience and pump in diversity and I am all about that.”
Asked about meeting Princes William and Harry on the set of Star Wars, he says, “I don’t remember what I said to William – I was just talking nonsense but I had a good chat with Harry. He’s down with the lads.”
Lucie performs the UK’s Eurovision entry Never Give Up On You live in the studio before joining Graham for a chat about the upcoming competition in Kiev.
And finally, Graham pulls the lever on more foolhardy audience members brave enough to sit in the Big Red Chair.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432), 6th May 10.00pm GMT +8
Next week (13th May) Graham’s guests include Diane Keaton, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Bacon, Michael Fassbender and Gorillaz.