Jimmy Fallon’s Interview With J.J. Abrams Goes Terribly Wrong (Watch)

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Having made films with budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars, J.J. Abrams probably likes things to go smoothly on set. But when the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Trek” director made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, the interview didn’t go precisely to plan.

Fallon was quizzing Abrams on the new Broadway play he is producing called “The Play That Goes Wrong,” a goofy British farce that opened at the Lyceum Theatre on March 9, when the writers of the play came on to chat about the show and things took a turn for the worse.

“They’re a little bit nervous because this is the first time they’ve been on a big American talk show, so it’s a big deal for them,” Abrams said to introduce the trio of Henry Lewis, Henry Shields and Jonathan Sayer. As the writers came out onto the stage, Shields managed to get his foot stuck in a part of the curtain and subsequently tripped … cue bedlam.


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In the space of about three minutes, Sayer accidentally tackled Abrams onto a couch, the trio grabbed the aforementioned couch and put it in the wrong place, Fallon’s mic went up in smoke, and Sayer dropped Abrams’ glass of water in an attempt to bring it to him.

Abrams recently revealed the spontaneous nature of his participation in bringing the play to Broadway.

“I was shooting ‘The Force Awakens’ in London and I had a free night,” he recalled. “There was something called ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ that had just opened, so I bought a ticket and I went to go see it and I hadn’t laughed that hard in the theater before. I didn’t strategize. I just talked to the producers and said, ‘This is great, I love this, can I help?’”

The play’s website speculates that Abrams must have lost a bet in order to be promoting their show.

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  1. RIMSHOT says:

    I like physical comedy, but this fell flat. For instance, the curtain bit went on too long. One of the Stooges or one of the Marx Brothers would have pulled out a pair of scissors in short order or have pulled the curtain down with it still attached to his leg. These guys need to watch The Stooges, Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, Benny Hill, etc.. and watch the masters at work…and learn more about timing, choreography and the use of props. Damn.

  2. Quote Me Not says:

    This is what settles for entertainment these days.

  3. JSintheStates says:

    Chaos does follow whatshisname (can’t seem to ever remember the guy’s name) around!

  4. Berth CP says:

    Here’s hoping Mr. Shields had a good chiropractor waiting in the dressing room after this schtick.

  5. I’m looking forward to Fallon’s first visit to rehab in the memorial Affleck suite. It’ll be grand and (unlike his show) funny.

  6. Jason says:

    Obvious but most importantly still hilarious

    • Jon88 says:

      Would have been slightly less obvious if reporter Thorne hadn’t basically blown the bit. Granted, the very fact of sharing the video is a big tip-off.

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