Taran Killam on What It’s Like to Work with Arnold Schwarzenegger


-I’m so excited you’re here,
truly. -I’m excited to be here. -I mean, different networks, but
hey, I have a lot of questions. -It’s a beautiful thing
right now. -It’s a beautiful thing.
-Yeah. -Because you and your wife Cobie are both stars
of two different ABC shows. -That’s true. That’s true.
-So, are you like — [ Cheers and applause ]
-Yeah. Cobie’s here.
-Oh. -That wasn’t Cobie.
-Okay. Does that make you,
like, ABC royalty? -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] Yeah.
-Good answer. -We should have
sparkly Mickey ears over our house or something. No, it’s cool. Yeah, my show’s on
at 9:30 Wednesdays, and hers is immediately after, and it’s nice ’cause, for our
friends who want to support us, they only have to take up
one night of their lives. -Nice. Nice.
[ Laughter ] -We’re not inconveniencing
anybody. -Mm-hmm. So, you also wrote
and directed your own movie. No big deal.
[ Cheers and applause ] “Killing Gunther.” -It was a big deal, but —
-It was a huge deal. Also, because it starred you and none other than
Arnold Schwarzenegger. -This is true.
[ Cheers and applause ] This is true, yeah. -So what was it like working
with a legend like Arnold? -Yeah, you know, maybe the most
famous action star of all time. -Mm-hmm.
-And it was a little movie. And I couldn’t believe
he agreed to it because we had him do
some pretty dumb things. For example, his first day
on set, he had to be in a tankini and booty shorts.
[ Laughter ] And he was very comfortable.
[ Laughter ] I think he’d worn much less
in his career. -I love that.
-He was such a good sport. He could not have been just
more generous with his time, ’cause everybody’s so excited
when Arnold — Like, the whole crew are just,
like, you know, you see whatever,
a jaded cameraman who’s like, “It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger!
I love ‘Predator’!” It was awesome. It was one of the best times
of my life. [ Cheers and applause ] -Of course, yes,
round of applause. Of course, a follow-up question
I have to ask is have you nailed
your Arnold impression? -Oh, one time I was showing
his stunt double how to do it. I was, like,
“So, he’ll grab you and be like, [ as Schwarzenegger ]
‘Alright, you go down there. And you do the –‘”
[ Cheers and applause ] [ Normal voice ] And his stunt
double’s like, “Uh-uh. No unsolicited Arnold
impressions.” ‘Cause of course —
[ Laughter ] And he’s, like,
“No, I’m just kidding. Everybody does it. We were shocked you hadn’t done
it up until this point.” I was like,
“I’ve been saving it.” You can’t help,
but want to go — [ Grunting ] -[ Grunting ]
[ Laughter ] But you know what’s so funny
about that is because I have actually had the honor
and privilege of shooting with Arnold as well. It was many years ago.
-Oh, cool. [ Cheers and applause ]
-It was amazing. But here’s the thing.
You bring up his stunt double. This was what
my experience was like. I walk into the studio,
and okay, I’m not gonna lie. My vision wasn’t
the best back then, okay? And so, Arnold was standing
very far away from me, and I was like,
“This guy is in great shape. I mean, he looks amazing. I went up to him,
I shook his hand, I said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Only to realize
four hours after, the whole time
it was his stunt double. [ Laughter ]
-Amazing. -They look exactly the same!
-That’s awesome. I thought you were gonna say you were outside of
Mann’s Chinese Theatre. [ Laughter ] He just said,
“We appreciate tips.” And he was British.
They do. They look very similar. -They look so similar.
That is so, so awesome.

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