Billy Crudup Is the Tom Brady of Celebrity Bowling

Billy Crudup Is the Tom Brady of Celebrity Bowling


-Billy,
welcome back to our show. and I can’t help but notice
you brought some trophies. -No, enough about me.
[ Laughter ] Well, it occurred to me
that one of the last times that I think Alec and I
sparred together on the stage, as it were, was at a benefit for
the Second Stage Theatre company that we — I think it was
at a bowling alley. -They have it
at the bowling alley every year. -Yeah, the a bowling alley
every year. -A bowling tournament.
-And they select certain actors to be captains of the teams, and they give prizes to the captains
and the teams who win. And this one was for
first place… [ Laughter ] …for our team.
-Congratulations. -And this one
was for Best Coach. [ Laughter ] -You are the Tom Brady
of celebrity bowling. [ Laughter and applause ] -Oh, my goodness. -Now, I —
I didn’t bring the third, ’cause I didn’t
want to rub it in. -Which is what?
Which one was that? -That was Highest Score, Alec.
-Highest score. -Now, there was a guy —
there was a guy on my team. They pay money
to bowl with actors. I don’t know why
that would be an exciting — -It is a little weird. Like, finance guys
pay to be on the bowling team. -Precisely.
And the fact of the matter is, we very rarely
get an opportunity to have athletic prizes
as actors. -Of course.
-So to have a bowling trophy, for me, was pretty exciting,
and I thought, “I’ll bring it home to my son, and he’ll see that
I’ve accomplished something. You know?
[ Laughter ] And one of the guys
who was on my team asked me as I was leaving,
“Hey, do you think, you know, since we bought
the tickets for this that we could take
the trophy home?” And I said, “No.
Don’t even think about that. [ Laughter ]
“If you could, do me a favor, though, get my backpack
’cause I’m busy carrying the trophies
to the cab.” [ Laughter ] -You’re hard-core, man.
-Well, you know, um… I don’t have a lot. He’s got 5 podcasts,
17 children. -A cooking show.
-A cooking show. -A cooking show,
yes, that’s true. -“Pancakes with Alec.” -I’ve got one play,
and two trophies. That’s the only award. -Yeah.
Oh. You know what? You came up on
Alec’s podcast the other day ’cause you had a great interview
with Cameron Crowe. -I interviewed Cameron Crowe.
-Who is the greatest. -Listen,
I want to hear that podcast, ’cause I’ll take anything. -I was telling them that,
in this business, if you do one movie
that’s a great movie, like, you’re done. You could just go home
and never work again. And if you do one movie
where your performance is, like, an essential part
of that movie, and, of course, you were the love god,
the Dionysian love god… -The Golden God.
-…the Golden God. Let’s hear it, please!
“Almost Famous.” [ Cheers and applause ] And you got to make
one great movie, and you can just be like,
“I’m done.” -As you can tell,
I’m riding that to the grave. I mean,
that and my bowling trophy. -That and the bowling trophies. -Well, Cameron —
Cameron was very patient with me during the audition process
because I was supposed to play a guitarist,
a lead guitarist, but I don’t — or, didn’t play guitar. -And on the podcast,
he said that you learned guitar in six weeks. -Well, I learned to pretend
to play guitar. This is what —
This is what actors do. I can’t do anything.
I can’t — The fact that I bowled
and actually had a high score, and it was quantifiable, that’s probably
why I took these trophies. -Yeah, because you actually
did that, yeah. -‘Cause I actually
accomplished something. -So you’re saying
that your guitar-playing in “Almost Famous”
was like Dick Van Dyke’s English accent
in “Mary Poppins”? Is that what you’re saying
it was kind of like? -That’s not where
the comparisons end. But the — I can’t really do anything,
except for fake talents. -I was there. I was there
when you were doing it. You actually —
You were unbelievable. -At faking it, Jimmy. -You didn’t really
play the guitar? -The lead guitarist
for Pearl Jam is the guy who recorded
all of that, and then — I shouldn’t really
be saying this, should I? No, I absolutely
played all of that. learned guitar in six weeks.
[ Laughter ] -Yeah.
That’s what we want to hear. That’s what we want to hear. Just tell us
what we want to hear. -You ripped it.
-And you were in the movie. -Thank you, Alec. -You did the Irving Azoff
knockoff character What was his name?
Larry Hope? -Dennis Hope?
-Dennis Hope was my character. I was in “Almost Famous.”
I had a beard. Do you remember working with me? -I don’t. I don’t.
[ Laughter ] I remember everyone else.
[ Laughter ] -Vividly.
I remember — No, no, you — on the gimbal,
you had a little — a problem with your composure?
-I have a thing — -Tell me about your acting
background before that. -Do you guys want to hear that?
-Yeah. -Do you have, like, time?
-Here, wait. Let me just put this down
so we can focus on you. -Yeah, I —
-Turn around, take it in. -I started acting back in 1999.
Just kidding. I would never get into that. -No, what I want to know is — Could you hold that up for me,
Jimmy Fallon? I’m gonna say
your name a lot right now because you can become
really famous if I keep saying
your name on TV. Jimmy Fallon, hold that up.
Hold that up. Which is,
why do you keep going back to the theater all of the time? You go very regularly
to the theater. What do you get out of that? -Well, I think, I mean —
You know this as well as I do. There’s a tradition
of acting in America that some of the most
formidable performances, some of the most formidable
material that we found has come from the theater,
has come from playwrights, and that’s what I grew up
associating with acting. I would come to New York and see
Broadway shows with my mom. Saw a production of “Fences”
with James Earl Jones. -Where’d you grow up? I’m gonna do my podcast
with him right now. Jimmy, you can go.
[ Laughter ] -Hey, Jimmy.
-My guest is Billy Crudup. Billy, where’d you grow up? -Just get my cab.
-Where’d you grow up? -No problem.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Get over here!
-So I was — -Are you guys
still talking about me? -Yeah.
-Sorry. No, let’s talk about this.
-The theater’s a habit. It’s a habit for you. -It’s the thing
that I most adore about — Oh, wait, sorry.
You’re still here. -No, just keep talking.
No, that’s good, yeah. [ Laughter ] Do you like it
better than film, or no? -This is great. [ Laughter ] ♪♪♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -So,
tell us about “Harry Clarke.” -In this play… -Jimmy Fallon is currently at
the Minetta Lane Theatre, playing “Harry Clarke.”
-Thank you to my guests, Jimmy Fallon and Billy Crudup, who’s appearing
at the Minetta Lane Theatre in “Harry Clarke.” We’ll be back with Schwingy.
[ Laughter ] -Schwingy, we can’t —
We bumped Schwingy. Instead, guys, we’re gonna be
right back with a performance from Nathaniel Rateliff
& The Night Sweats. Schwingy…
[ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪♪♪