See Meat Loaf interviewed by a teenage James Corden in this classic clip
21 January 2022, 16:30
See the rock legend chat to the baby-faced chat show host in this brilliant bit of archive TV.
James Corden is a huge star in the US, but back here in the UK of course, we’ve known him for years. He spent the 90s playing bit parts in Hollyoaks and Teachers, before gaining fame with the much-loved Gavin And Stacey.
But, long before he crossed the Atlantic to host The Late Late Show in Los Angeles, James was the “showbiz reporter” on - of all things - Good Morning With Anne And Nick.
One of Corden’s assignments was to head out to a posh hotel and interview rock legend Meat Loaf over breakfast. And the segment is oddly charming, especially in light of the Bat Out Of Hell star's death, which was announced this week. After some cheesy “business” with the doorman, where he pretends that he’s not sure whether he’s at the right hotel, James sits down with the singer and a bit of mutual appreciation begins.
After Mr Loaf literally bangs his head on the table at the thought of doing promotion for his new album, James asks the singer what keeps him going.
To his surprise, Meat Loaf replies: “You! As grumpy as I might be before I get down here, the people that I talk to and I meet are always pretty interesting. As much as the interviewer wants to find out about me, I’m just as interested in finding out about him or her.”
A tenacious Corden drops a surprise at the end of the chat: "One last question,” he says. “I’m in a band, what advice would you give to me?”
The mighty Meat offers this advice: “The one thing you gotta do, you always do the best you can do. And you never give up and never quit.”
Well, apparently Corden took the advice… and took up acting and presenting in earnest.
When the BBC re-posted the clip in 2016, Meat Loaf himself recalled the show and commented: “Let's recreate some afternoon tea and you can tell me how your band is doin’!”