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Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #57

David Letterman and Michael Douglas

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman describes his early days as a local TV host in Indiana, followed by time working the comedy clubs in LA.  In just three years, he found himself appearing on The Tonight Show; as Letterman says, "that's not supposed to happen."

Letterman admits that for a good portion of the past thirty years, he “didn’t do anything else.”  Things have changed now; he has “no patience for meetings” and avoids making decisions on the show, preferring to save that energy to explore the world with his eight-year-old son: “when you have a child you do things you never thought you would do, and it’s fun.”

Alec Baldwin also visits Michael Douglas at his New York apartment for a conversation about what makes a great director, a smart producer, and why playing the villain is the much more satisfying part.  Douglas reveals how competition with his father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas, shaped both his career and his life as a parent, telling Alec, “I’m much more honest with my seven-year-old daughter then I ever thought I would be.” Douglas also discloses how his father’s early brush with death, and his own cancer diagnosis affected them each in different ways.

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Comments [4]

Denise Vrantses from Melbourne australia

Love listening .. hopefully there will be many more episodes

Jan. 03 2014 07:28 PM
Daniel Rodden from Chicago

Love the David Letterman interview. I've loved him for years and it's great to hear him as himself, instead of in interviewer/host mode. I would throw out anyone who made him feel uncomfortable at a party of mine. He can come to my place anytime. No pressure.

Dec. 27 2013 06:36 PM
Terry Last from NJ

Love thenm all. Thanks

Dec. 24 2013 05:19 PM
J

I love this show- allt he interviews. Baldwin has a unique way with interviewing. He skates close to the subjcet of him/his experience but not over it. His style makes for very personal interviews in which it appears that Baldwin is truly interested in his subject. Pleas eproduce MORE!

Dec. 23 2013 03:23 PM

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