SHOW US THE “CUBA”!

October 12, 2018 at 4:30 am

Cuba Gooding Jr. is back on the big screen and the Broadway stage! Tonight, he gives us a glimpse at his latest projects.

Aired on October 12, 2018.

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> WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?
>> SHOW ME THE MONEY.
>> OH!
YO!
>> HOW ABOUT SHOW ME THE CUBA.
ACTOR CUBA GOODING JR., PROBABLY
BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE AS THE
ENERGETIC AND LOYAL FOOTBALL
PLAYER ROD "SHOW ME THE MONEY"
TIDWELL FOR WHICH HE WON AN
ACADEMY AWARD.
NOW IN ADDITION TO HIS MANY
ACCLAIMED AND AWARD WINNING
ACTING ROLES, CUBA GOODING JR.
IS MAKING HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT
BAYOU CAVIAR WHICH HE STARS IN
AND CO-WROTE.
>> I'M SORRY.
>> TOO LATE FOR THAT NOW, KID.
WHAT DID I ALWAYS TELL YOU?
SHOW ME YOU CAN BE GREAT, KID.
SHOW ME YOU CAN BE GREAT.
>> HE'S NO BOUNCER.
HE'S RODNEY JONES.
>> MONEY, YOU STILL IN THE GAME?
DAMN.
>> WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
>> I GOT INTERESTED IN OTHER
THINGS.
>> WHY DON'T YOU DO US BOTH A
FAVOR AND STOP TRYING TO TURN MY
SON AGAINST ME.
>> AS IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, CUBA
GOODING JR. WILL BE PERFORMING
IN HIS FIRST BROADWAY MUSICAL AS
BILLY FLYNN IN THE TONY AWARD
WINNING HIT "CHICAGO."
WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM WITH
US.
SO NICE TO SEE YOU AND TO MEET
YOU.
>> GOOD TO SEE YOU.
>> I'VE KNOWN YOU FOR SO MANY
REALMS, THE O.J. CASE.
I SPENT NINE MONTHS IN THE
COURTROOM COVERING O.J.
WATCHING THAT WAS FASCINATING.
MY SON WHO IS NOW 32, HE AND I
STILL THROW OUTLINES FROM "MEN
OF HONOR."
>> 12 STEPS.
>> IT'S SO NICE TO SEE YOU.
>> YOU, TOO.
>> I WANT TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT
ALL THE THINGS YOU'RE DOING
HERE.
LET'S START WITH THE FILM.
WAS THE IDEA OF DIRECTING A
MAJOR FILM LIKE THIS, WAS THAT
ALWAYS IN YOUR CAREER ARC?
>> YES.
>> IT WAS?
WHY HAVING HAD SUCH GREAT
SUCCESS IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA,
WHY IS IT THAT YOU WANTED TO GET
ON THE OTHER SIDE?
>> I THINK AS AN ACTOR YOU STEP
ON A SET AND YOU SURRENDER YOUR
PERFORMANCE TO A DIRECTOR AND
THEN YOU WALK AWAY FROM THE
PROJECT, AND A YEAR LATER YOU
SIT IN THE THEATER AND YOU HOPE
THEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT YOU GAVE
THEM.
UNLESS THEY'RE A GREAT DIRECTOR
OR HAVE REAL VISION, NINE TIMES
OUT OF TEN, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT
YOU DIDN'T INTEND FOR THEM TO
CAPTURE.
NOW AS AN ACTOR/DIRECTOR WALKING
INTO AN EDITING ROOM, NOT ONLY
DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY TAKES.
>> WHAT'S UP ON THE SCREEN NOW
IS ALL ON YOU.
>> IT'S ALL ON ME.
MY CO-STARS, THEIR PERFORMANCES
ARE ALL ON ME, AND WORKING WITH
A COMPOSER AND PUTTING THE
COMPOSITION TO ACCENT CERTAIN
MOMENTS IN THE PERFORMANCE, IT'S
ALL ON ME NOW.
IT'S INTOXICATING.
IT'S A DRUG
IT REALLY IS.
I TOLD PEOPLE I'D RATHER DIRECT.
THAT'S HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT.
>> HAVING LOOKED AT IT FROM THAT
POINT OF VIEW.
YOUR FANS WILL SAY DIRECT SOME
BUT MAKE SURE YOU'RE STILL ON
CAMERA.
>> I LIKE DIRECTING MYSELF, TOO.
I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I'D RESPOND TO
THAT.
>> TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE
FILM.
GIVE PEOPLE A SENSE OF IT.
IT'S DARK LOOKING FOR
REDEMPTION.
>> IN NEW ORLEANS, SHOT IN NEW
ORLEANS.
>> JUST THE IMAGE -- IT PULLS
YOU IN, JUST LOOKING AT THIS NEW
ORLEANS IN 100-DEGREE WEATHER.
GIVE ME A QUICK CAPSULE FOR
FOLKS.
>> IT'S FUNNY.
THIS IS MY FOURTH SCREENPLAY
I'VE DONE.
THE OTHER THREE WERE ALL
ORIGINAL IDEAS.
BUT NO ONE HAS SEEN THOSE YET.
I THINK IF THERE'S A THROUGH
LINE TO THE WORK I DO AS A
WRITER, IT'S ABOUT COMMON PEOPLE
WHO HAVE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS
WHO COME TOGETHER IN AN EVENT.
AND IN THIS SPECIFIC ONE, YOU
HAVE THIS IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITY
IN NEW ORLEANS, AND YOU HAVE MY
CHARACTER WHO IS AN
EX-PROFESSIONAL BOXER.
THERE'S A LOT OF BOXERS WHO CAME
AND PLAYED WITH US, WORLD
CHAMPIONS CAME AND THEY GAVE
THEIR HEART AND SOUL TO MAKE THE
BOXING IN THE MOVIE AUTHENTIC.
>> IT IS, BY THE WAY.
YOU'RE LOOKING AT IT SAYING
THESE GUYS ARE REAL BOXERS.
>> THEY'RE CLIPPING EACH OTHER.
YOU HAVE RICHARD DRYFUS WHO
COMES IN AND PLAYS A RUSSIAN MOB
BOSS.
>> YOU WORK FOR ME NOW.
YOU HAVE TO BE MY EYES AND EARS.
>> WHO HIRES MY CHARACTER TO GET
SOME DIRT ON ONE OF HIS
EMPLOYEES.
SO MY CHARACTER CONCOCTS TO GET
HIM INVOLVED IN A SEX TAPE.
AND FROM THERE, THERE'S A FEMALE
PHOTOGRAPHER WHO HAS A
RELATIONSHIP --
>> GREAT CAST, BY THE WAY.
NICE FOR YOU FOR YOUR
DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, HAVE THAT
KIND OF CASTED TO WORK WITH.
>> HAVE THESE PEOPLE COME IN
HERE TO PLAY WITH ME ON MY FIRST
TIME, IT WAS A BLESSING.
>> LAST QUESTION ON THIS BECAUSE
I WANT TO GET TOBROADWAY.
IT LOOKS LIKE PART OF THIS IS
THE STRUGGLE, REDEMPTION AND
RELATIONSHIPS, AND THE IDEA OF
SOMETIMES GOOD PEOPLE FIND
THEMSELVES IN BAD SITUATIONS.
IS THAT -- WHAT ARE YOU HOPING
THAT PEOPLE WILL WALK AWAY FROM
WITHOUT GIVING AWAY ANYTHING?
>> WITH ANY ROLE THAT I EVER DO,
I HOPE THERE'S A BIT OF IT THAT
PEOPLE GO, OH, THAT'S ME.
I CAN BE IN THAT SCENARIO.
OH, THAT'S HOW WE GOT OUT OF
THAT, OR, OH, I'M NOT THE ONLY
ONE THAT'S BEEN GIVEN THE BAD
HAND.
IF THEY CAN IDENTIFY WITH THAT
AND THEN FIND SOME COMMON GROUND
THAT BRINGS THEM TO A SOLUTION
OF WHATEVER ISSUES THEY HAVE
THEIR LIFE, THEN I KNOW WE'RE
DOING OUR JOB.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT BROADWAY.
>> YES.
>> YOU'VE BEEN ON BROADWAY
BEFORE.
>> YES, 2013.
>> NOW YOU'RE SINGING AND
DANCING.
>> YES.
>> YOU WERE DOING THIS IN LONDON
FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.
BUT THE QUESTION -- SIMILAR TO
THE FIRST QUESTION ABOUT THE
FILM, WHAT MAKES YOU SAY, ALL
RIGHT, IT'S TIME FOR ME TO GO ON
BROADWAY AND BECOME BILLY FLYNN?
>> THE LAST TIME LIKE WE SAID,
2013, WAS FIVE YEARS AGO.
I WAS STARTING TO GET THAT STAGE
ITCH AGAIN WHEN MY AGENTS CALLED
AND SAID BARRY WISE HER OFFERED
YOU CHICAGO ON THE LONDON WEST
END STAGE, A CHILL WENT THROUGH
ME.
BECAUSE I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW
THAT'S A MUSICAL, RIGHT?
YOU KNOW WHAT?
I'M IN.
WE LOST MY FATHER LAST YEAR, THE
LEAD SINGER AND MAIN INGREDIENT.
>> I REMEMBER.
>> EVERY TIME I STEPPED ON THAT
STAGE IN LONDON WITH THE VOCALS
AND SAW THEM AND REALLY
CONNECTED WITH THEM, I
UNDERSTOOD MY FATHER'S LIFE
PASSION.
I SAID THIS IS GOD'S WILL FOR ME
TO BE HERE AND DO THIS NOW.
WHEN BARRY SAID AT THE END OF MY
RUN, DO YOU WANT TO DO IT AGAIN
ON BROADWAY?
ABSOLUTELY.
GOT TO BRING IT FULL CIRCLE,
BEING BORN IN THE BRONX, COMING
BACK TO BROADWAY, SEEING MY NAME
UP IN LIGHTS.
>> NICE TESTIMONIAL TO YOUR DAD.
>> ABSOLUTELY, 100%.
>> CUBA, I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU,
I'VE BEEN A FAN OF A LOT OF
THINGS.
WE STILL DIDN'T FIGURE OUT A WAY
TO GET MANY LINES FROM "MEN OF
HONOR" INTO THIS.
MY SON WILL BE DISAPPOINTED, BUT
I CAN TELL HIM AT LEAST WE
TALKED ABOUT IT.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF
IT.
>> ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO TALK TO
YOU.
>> THANKS, BUDDY.
BAYOU CAVIAR NOW IN THEATERS AND
VIDEO ON DEMAND.
ALSO CUBA GOODING JR. WILL BE
STARRING AT THE AMBASSADOR
THEATER FROM OCTOBER 6 TO
NOVEMBER 18.
MAKE SURE YOU GO.
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