Once upon a time, two late-night legends butted heads in a battle over who would host “The Tonight Show,” giving birth to a venomous based-on-fact book and movie called “The Late Shift.” More than a decade later, Jay Leno is caught up in more high-profile hijinks, this time with Conan O’Brien — and if another movie is made depicting the late-night drama, Coco might have found the thespian to portray him … in Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton?
When O’Brien closed out his all-too-brief “Tonight Show” hosting duties last week, he requested during Friday’s final episode that if a “Late Shift”-like movie is made of the recent battle between himself, NBC and Jay Leno, he would “like to be played by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.” As side-by-side photos of the red-headed actress and O’Brien appeared onscreen, the joke got some of the evening’s biggest laughs.
As it happens, the “Michael Clayton” actress is at the Sundance Film Festival this week promoting her new film “I Am Love,” and MovieLine asked her about the possibility.
“I’ve heard about Conan!” Swinton responded to O’Brien’s reference. “I’m so thrilled.
“I would just be only too happy,” the good-natured actress said when asked if she’d be willing to play him — after all, she did portray a man once before in the 1992 film “Orlando.” “Yes, yes, yes, absolutely.”
Pondering the cold weather in Park City, Utah, Swinton added that she’d only do it if he’d be willing to switch places with her for a while as well. “What I really would love to do is get him to do some of the things I get to do,” said the “Chronicles of Narnia” actress. “It would be nice if he were here at Sundance, maybe, wearing this coat, talking about ‘I Am Love.’
“And why not?” Swinton said of herself and Conan switching roles (and genders) for a while. “Every girl should have a doppelgänger.”
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