Vanity Fair, July 2012
Out to Lunch
The Farce Side
After becoming a BBC superstar, James Corden lost it. Now he’s the toast of Broadway.
James Corden, hailed as a comic genius for his hilarious performance in One Man, Two Guvnors, the National Theatre’s delightfully low—very low—farce on Broadway, met me for lunch at the Mandarin Oriental hotel’s Asiate restaurant, with its breathtaking view overlooking Central Park and the Upper West Side. “So, how does it feel to be the toast of the town?” I asked.
“Well, it’s lovely,” he replied. “It’s great! But I’m trying to take it all with a bag of salt.”
“That’s a lot of salt.”
“I don’t think a pinch is enough.”
Mr. Corden, the lord of misrule onstage, is low-key, charming, and slightly disheveled offstage. At 33, he looks much younger than he is. Six years ago, he appeared on Broadway as one of the eight British schoolboys in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. He was the pudgy one who played the class clown. Today, when he makes his entrance in One Man, Two Guvnors, he’s greeted by excited applause.
“There’s nothing nicer than getting a round of applause for turning up for work!” he said. “It’s amazing! I start work and people clap. Do you know what I mean? And then they stand up and clap at the end!”
To read the full article, click the link below: