Lakeith Stanfield First Learned About Friends from Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” Video

Lakeith Stanfield First Learned About Friends from Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” Video


-Welcome back to the show.
-Thank you. -I got to ask you about this
before we get into it, because you’re having
such a great year. I’ve seen you in like 10 movies.
-Thank you. -And you’re crushing in all
of them, but the Jay-Z video, “Moonlight,” you worked with
Tiffany Haddish in that one? -I did. Yeah, yeah, yeah. -What’s it like getting
a call from Jay-Z to do — ’cause you, like, recreated
“Friends,” an episode of “Friends.” First of all,
are you a “Friends” fan? -I’d never seen the show before
in my life. [ Laughter ] Yeah, I didn’t even —
I hadn’t heard of it. I mean, I maybe heard of it
in passing. But I didn’t really watch it,
so, it was cool. It was a learning experience
for me. I was like, “Damn.”
-Wow. -This is — This is white.
[ Chuckles ] [ Laughter and applause ] -That’s a good review.
[ Coughs ] But how does Jay-Z,
does his agent call you or what? How do you get
in touch with him? -No, it’s crazy. I was just
doing some random stuff walking around
and my phone rings. And I answer it, and it’s Jay-Z. He’s like, “Hey, hey, man,
what’s up?” And I’m like, “Who is this?”
He’s like, “It’s Jay, baby.” I’m like, “Jay? Jay who?”
[ Laughter ] “Jay-Z.”
And I was like, “Yo, what?!” [ Laughter ]
And he was like, “No, I think you’d be good
in this thing.” Rah, rah, we chopped it up.
And I was, of course, I played it cool.
I was like, “All right, cool, cool, cool.”
I hung up and I was like, “Yo!”
[ Laughter ] -Make sure the phone is off
and, “Oh, my God.” -Yeah, yeah, yeah. I was, like, high pitched voice
and everything. -Yeah, exactly.
-It was cool. -You have — I want to
talk about “Knives Out.” There’s also — You have
the movie coming out, “The Photograph”?
-Yeah, yeah. -Is that Issa Rae?
-Uh-huh. -What is that about?
-Black love. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Black love. -Yeah. You know, just a story
about love. And, you know, all the ups and
downs that come along with that. And our experiences coming to
understanding ourselves in it. And, uh, yeah, just a little —
a nice little love story. -That’s great.
-Yeah. -And then, “Knives Out”
was with — What a cast in this thing.
It’s getting — I think it’s 96%
on Rotten Tomatoes, if anyone follows that — fresh.
-Wow. Not rotten, 96% rotten.
[ Laughter ] That’s my movies.
[ Laughter ] Don Johnson,
Jamie Lee Curtis in this. -Yeah, yeah.
-Crazy awesome. Chris Evans.
-Mm-hmm. -I heard Jamie Lee Curtis
got you to stop smoking. -Yeah, yeah. It was crazy. Yeah, she’s just like
such a straightforward, like, beautiful human being
that just, like, says what’s on her mind
at any given time. And she seen me smoking
a cigarette, she just come up, like, “What’s with this thing?”
And I was like — -What’s with this thing?
-Yeah. And I’m just kind of like,
you know, I don’t know. I’m on set, you know? It’s a very high-stress
environment. I’m just taking a little —
she’s like, “Yo, yo, cut that out.”
And I’m like, “You know what? You’re right.”
[ Laughter ] -Wow.
-It was just that simple. And I was like —
-Jamie Lee Curtis. That’s the way to do it.
She is right. “Uncut Gems”, man,
that was a great movie. You were fantastic in that,
as well. -Thank you.
-The Safdie brothers. Those dudes are interesting
characters, huh? -Yeah, yeah. They’re dope, man. -This movie is like,
makes you feel like there’s, like, a knot in
your stomach the whole movie. Because I’m just so — and Adam Sandler plays it
great, as well. -Mm-hmm.
-And it’s a dramatic role. -Yeah.
-But basically, it’s like — -Yeah, y’all go see that.
That’s crazy. It grip you up the whole time. Like, you’re sitting there like
— -No, seriously. You really are.
You’re like, “Oh, my God!” -Then it lets you go.
But it’s such a cool experience to go see a movie and have
a visceral, like, response to it that feels like
you’re engaged in it. And it feels like a real
conversation energetically. A lot of stuff you go watch, and it’s just entertainment
and you feel good. But some things move you.
And this is one of those. You know?
-Yeah. I just feel so bad for him. [ Cheers and applause ] I’m rooting for him,
and I’m like, “Oh, dude.” Every scene I’m like,
“No, no, no, no.” -Yeah.
-“Please don’t do that. Oh, my gosh.” It just scared me,
the whole thing. -It’s like what I do in my life. I’ll be like,
“Yo, don’t do that. Don’t do that. Don’t do that.
No, make a left. Aah!
Now you got to get back up.” -Yeah.
The whole thing is like that. And the soundtrack is just
equally kind of like on edge and kind of like weird. And I just — I loved it.
It was great. But you shot that here
in the Diamond District? -Mm-hmm, yeah. -Did you get to learn a lot
about that world? -It’s very interesting,
the Diamond District. You know, I’m from California. So it’s like
a little bit different. They got a whole block dedicated
to just like selling diamonds. -Yeah. -And just the underworld
of what operates underneath the veil of that. And just seeing the interactions
and meeting the people and learning the get down
of the game was crazy. It’s like, “Damn,
it’s a whole new world.” -Did you love working with Adam?
-Oh, yeah. -He’s a good guy, right?
-That’s my dude, man. [ Laughter ]
-He’s one of the best guys. -He’s so — He’s as cool
as y’all think he is. -Yeah, he really is. I love it. I want to show everyone a clip. Here’s Lakeith Stanfield
in “Uncut Gems.” Take a look at this.
-We don’t have time. They’re waiting for us.
Where’s the [bleep] opal? -Garnett got it. All right?
-Garnett’s [bleep] got it? -[Bleep]
-I don’t know what the [bleep] you want me to [bleep]
about that. -Call him up.
Call him on the phone. Let me talk to him. -I can’t [bleep] call him right
now. He’s at practice. -Tell him I will give him
another offer. -Howard, listen to me. I can’t call him because
he is at practice [bleep]. He’s not going to answer his
[bleep] phone for me, God, or nobody else.
-Fine, then we’re going to practice.
We’re going to practice. -[ Chuckles ] What? So you want me to go [bleep]
Philly right now? -He’s in Philly,
then we’re going to Philly. [ Cheers and applause ] -Lakeith Stanfield! -Yo, all you hear is “bleep,
bleep, bleep, bleep.” -Oh, yeah, no. We had to — There was more bleeps than there
were words in that clip. [ Laughter ]
-All it is is bleeps. -But if you see the real movie,
there’s no bleeps. [ Laughter ]
If you see the real movie, they bleep out the other words and it’s nothing
but curse words. [ Laughter ]
Lakeith Stanfield!

58 thoughts on “Lakeith Stanfield First Learned About Friends from Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” Video”

  1. When Jimmy shows the video to everybody “bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep and wait for it bleep that’s my kind of movie with all them bleeps 😅😂”

  2. Wow Lakeith’s outfit is just like black panthers. but Jimmy isn’t racist he is just funny guy so you don’t have to be so wired 😳

  3. He lying, ain’t no way. As a child I knew what Friends was and unless he didn’t know what a TV was theres no way he hadn’t heard of Friends. I’m not saying he had to like it but never heard of it? Get out of here. 😭

  4. Ugh. I shouldn't watch anything with that much beeping this early in the morn.. cutting through my head like a diamond tipped drill bit.

  5. Black dude – This Friends show is really white: laughter and applause

    White dude – This Atlanta show is really black: racist asshole!

  6. So many levels to this dude that its crazy! Jimmy didn't really know how to handle him, kind of had Jimmy shook. Mad talent!🙌

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