Tuesday night’s episode of the Tonight Show featured actor and comedian, Danny DeVito, one of the stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and actor Simon Pegg, who plays Benji, an IMF agent who is Tom Cruise/Ethan Hunt’s sidekick in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Also, the Tonight Show‘s musical guest was George Ezra, and Donn T sat in with the show’s house band, The Roots.
Walking onto the Tonight Show stage, Fallon was greeted by a standing ovation from the studio audience. He did his monologue, joking about topics like Donald Trump selling his penthouse suite in Trump Plaza for $21 million. Fallon joked, “When asked why he’s selling it now, he said, ‘Hey, America’s buying everything else I’m selling.'”
Trump Fallon said, “has been plugging his book, The Art of the Deal, throughout his campaign stops.” Fallon went over some of the chapters, making up his own titles for them. Then, he joked about The Bachelorette, and stated that this Friday marks Harry Potter’s 31st birthday.
He introduced the character “Drunk Ron Weasley,” played by Simon Pegg, to celebrate the occasion. He asked Fallon if he “wanted to see his 50 Shades of red,” and offered to show his “Chamber of Secrets.” He drank from a bottle of what looked like whiskey, and cried, saying that “Hermione left me again.”
“Drunk Ron Weasley, everybody,” Fallon said, and he then joked about Snoop Dogg being arrested and held for “suspected drug use.” He also mentioned Katy Perry’s meeting with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Fallon mentioned that singer, Donn T, was sitting in with The Roots. Fallon said that she is Amir Questlove’s, sister.
Fallon then asked her if there was some story that she could tell about Questlove. She said that there was, that it involved a baby mouse and an office chair. “A baby mouse darted across the recording room floor. Next thing I knew, Amir was up on the office chair. He screamed, it’s an office chair, and what office chair do, is spin. He looked at me, and said ‘Get it!’ He looked right at me, and he was serious, he said, ‘That’s right, get it!'”
After that, Fallon said that Ice T and Kevin Bacon will be on later this week. He stated that Danny DeVito would be on tonight, and he and DeVito will play a game called Inflatable Flip Cup. Also, Simon Pegg, from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, would be appearing on the show. George Ezra, he said, would not be singing Blame It On Me, instead, he will be singing Budapest, one of Fallon’s favorite songs.
“Tonight, we will be looking at the Pros & Cons of Going On a Family Vacation,” Fallon said. Some examples, slightly paraphrased, were “Pro: Going someplace completely out-of-the-way and unexpected. Con: Because hackers took over you car’s computer system. Pros: Kids saying, ‘Are we there yet?’ Con: Stopping the car, getting out and walking into the woods, never to be seen again. Pro: A vacation’s never long enough. Con: Neither is your dad’s shorts. Pro: Being at work and thinking, I need a vacation. Con: Being on your vacation and thinking, I need a vacation from my vacation.
Following the first commercial break on the Tonight Show, Fallon introduced his first guest, “whose career spanned four decades, the one, the only, Danny DeVito!” The Roots played the theme song of Taxi, a sitcom that DeVito starred in, as he walked in and sat down.
Fallon showed a photo of DeVito walking a wiener dog, which was dressed in a dress. Fallon asked “Is that your dog?”
DeVito said “No, that’s a dog from a movie I’m doing, Wiener-Dog.” The movie is still being filmed. DeVito talked about people on the street stopping and wanting to talk to him about his dog during filming.
Fallon showed a photo of DeVito from his high school yearbook. He had a full head of hair then, and he was in a play about Saint Francis of Assisi. DeVito related an anecdote about his having been the lead in the play. The curtain started to come up, and DeVito said that he heard his mom yell out, “Those are his feet!”
Fallon then asked DeVito about having been on Taxi, and DeVito said “It was a ball,” adding “I loved it.” Before that, he had just had a few minor parts in TV series.
Fallon asked him to talk about his audition. “I wanted to find a way to really make an impression,” DeVito said. “I had the script in my hand, I walked in and said “One thing I want to know, who wrote this s**t?”
He said that he was, at first, “in total terror,” wondering if he had said the wrong thing; but then, “everybody in the room laughed, and after that, they laughed at whatever I said,” he told Fallon, as he read from the script.
Fallon said, “We’re going to play Flip Cup, but we will be wearing these inflatable outfits.” The Tonight Show went to another break, with the fun-sounding game yet to come.
After the break, on the Tonight Show, DeVito was in a red inflatable suit, while Fallon was in a blue one. DeVito told Fallon “I’m going to kick your a** after this.”
DeVito chased him around the table where the cups containing beer were sitting. Then the two of them started to play the game, drinking beer from the cups and flipping them over. DeVito was on his very last cup, but somehow, Fallon caught up with him, and he flipped over his last Dixie cup first, to win the game.
When the Tonight Show returned from yet another break, Fallon introduced his second guest, comedian and actor Simon Pegg. Pegg is co-starring with Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, opening this Friday. He was the person who played the part of “Drunk Ron Weasley” earlier in the show.
Fallon had brought his young daughter with him. His daughter had enjoyed him in The Lorax and wanted to meet him. Fallon asked Pegg about the next Star Trek movie. Pegg is one of the stars of it, reprising his role as the engineer, Scotty, and he said he is co-writing the script.
“No spoilers, eh?” Fallon asked him.
“No, we just started shooting it,” Pegg replied.
“Is your daughter impressed that you’re in a movie with Tom Cruise?” Fallon asked.
“No. For her, he’s most famous for giving us a blanket,” Pegg answered.
Fallon asked Pegg about shooting a scene in Morocco, in which they are both in the same car, with Cruise driving it, and people are scattering out-of-the-way. He said that Cruise asked people to keep on giving him water, just to keep him alive “so he could continue torturing” him.
“I can’t believe he does his own stunts. There’s something wrong with him,” Fallon said.
Pegg told him that CGI is wonderful, but it’s not real.” He complimented Cruise for trying to make the experience more thrilling for audiences who go to see his movies. Fallon then showed a clip from the movie, the first few seconds of the opening sequence, right before Cruise, as Ethan Hunt, grabs the edge of a cargo plane that is taking off in Minsk, Russia.
He yells to Benji, asking him if he “can open the door of the plane.” Benji tells him “Maybe,” and he then tries to do so with an electronic gadget he is holding, as Cruise runs toward the plane.
Back on the Tonight Show after another break, Fallon introduced his musical guest of the evening, who was returning to the U.S. after a sold-out summer tour. Fallon said he would be performing Budapest. It is a fantastic song, and Ezra gave an impressive performance, holding the audience spellbound as he sang. They applauded wildly as he finished singing, and the Tonight Show headed to still more commercials.
Other than thanking his guests, Danny DeVito, who Fallon played Inflatable Flip Cup with, Simon Pegg, from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and George Ezra, who sang Budapest, the Tonight Show was basically over. It was a fun-filled and entertaining episode, with DeVito talking about his new upcoming movie, Wiener Dog, and wearing an outlandish-looking inflatable red suit while playing Flip Cup with Fallon. Pegg talked about both his upcoming flick, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and a Star Trek movie that he is working on. He is co-writing the script.
By John Samuels
Photos Courtesy NBC