Late Night Last Night: Ben Affleck Visits Jimmy… and Jimmy

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Ready for late night television to throw you for a loop? Well, if you missed it Monday night, Ben Affleck was in two places at once: on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!. But it gets weirder than that. Not only was Affleck on both shows, it was as if the Jimmys shared their interview notes beforehand — both hosts had similar questions to ask Affleck. 

But without further ado, here’s what happened last night on late night television:

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Ben Affleck truly is making the late night rounds. He stopped by Fallon Monday night to share a story about sneaking to New York City with Matt Damon as a teenager to audition for different parts… and to get some underage booze. “In Boston, they were pretty tough on the liquor laws,” Affleck said. “Here, any Korean grocer of any kind will sell an 11-year-old a case. So the whole point of coming up here wasn’t so much the audition as it was the three-day blackout.” The actor-director also talked about his new movie, Argo, which will be released Oct. 12. Affleck compared the experience of directing himself to, ahem, spending some alone time with his hands. “I have never said this before,” he stated. “It’s a little like masturbation. You kind of know what you want, where you’re going. It’s intuitive.” 

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Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!

Besides Fallon, Affleck also appeared on Kimmel! And the late night host also asked Affleck the same question that Fallon had: What it was like for Affleck to direct himself in Argo? But Affleck answered differently. This time, he said that he was wary about having people stay on set too long to refilm different takes of his scenes. “I talked to Kevin Costner, Warren Beatty. I talked to George Clooney,” Affleck said. “The one thing they all said was, ‘There’s a tendency to film 10 takes, and then the camera gets to me, and I’ll just do one and go home. You are embarrassed. The thing is, you get to the editing room and you don’t have enough material.’ It got to me… to take number nine… you can see everyone wants to go home. I was running around being like, ‘Warren Beatty thinks you guys should stay here.'” Good maneuver, Captain Affleck.

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Late Show with David Letterman

Max Greenfield told Letterman the story about how he was attacked by an ostrich at the Six Flags Great Adventure drive-through safari in Jersey as a teenager. “We went there and I was a senior in high school,” Greenfield recalled. “They say don’t stop the car. Sure enough, [my friend] stops the car by the ostriches. I’m in the backseat and our other friend Ryan is in the front seat. He keeps reaching back knocking my arms away because I’m trying to hold up the windows. As one ostrich is coming this way, and I’m looking out the window face-to-face, these guys are having so much fun.” But it wasn’t just one ostrich that was after Greenfield. “Meanwhile, this side, this one pops its head into the car,” Greenfield continued. “I turn around and all of a sudden… this is it. I’m looking at it right in the face. He could have killed me at any second. He looked at me in that moment, much like my father has looked at me, which is like, ‘I’m not angry with you, but boy, I’m disappointed.'”

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Arnold Schwarzenegger continued his contrition and book tour promote new memoir Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story and win back his ex-wife, Maria Shriver. He talked to Leno about how uncomfortable it was to watch his 60 Minutes interview last week during which he was grilled about the secrets he revealed in his memoir about his affair with Mildred Baena. “It was very tough to do the interview and be questioned by Leslie Stahl and probably even more painful to watch it,” he admitted. “It’s my fault. It’s my doing.” He then again confessed to still having strong feelings for his estranged wife: “I’m very much in love with her.” Do you feel bad for Schwarzenegger yet?

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[Photo Credit: Fallon]


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