-Thank you for being here. You know, I’ve said this to you,
but I’ve said it all day today. You’re one of my favorite
guests I have ever had on the show.
-Thank you. -I love having you on.
I love talking to you, and — [ Cheers and applause ] I think you have
great stories and I think you have great
timing telling your stories. And the cadence
in which you speak is — -Thanks for the pressure.
[ Laughter ] -You said backstage that you
feel a little weird — You feel a little ill
coming on the show when you do these shows. You don’t like doing —
-You know what? I wake up feeling a little ill.
[ Laughter ] Truly.
-Maybe it’s acid reflux. -I really, truly —
[ Laughter ] It’s definitely acid reflux.
-Yeah, yeah. -And a whole host
of other things. But really, the morning is
so horrendous for me. And I don’t mean just, like,
you know, early morning. You know, a lot of people
complain about getting up early or something like that.
-Yeah. -I really — My window of opportunity
for when I’m at my best is really, like, noon
to 2:00, 2:30. [ Laughter ] -Two and a half hours
of top Spader? -Well, no, ’cause I’ll then — Like, a meal is nice
around 2:00, 2:30. And then go home to take a nap.
[ Laughter ] And then wake up and you got
to recover all over again. And then, you know, do something
nice in the late afternoon and then go out to dinner
around 9:00. -Yeah. And that’s —
that’s your — -Ideal.
-Like, right now, at this time of night, what
would James Spader be doing? At midnight. [ Laughter ] You don’t have to be that — Just think, you’re on TV
as well, yeah, yeah. So yeah.
[ Laughter ] Not that. Besides that, what else would
James Spader be doing? Hey, watching
“The Tonight Show”? Do you — -No.
[ Laughter ] I don’t — I — I don’t even get
broadcast TV in my house. -You don’t. That’s right.
-No. -But do you own
a television set? -I own a television set to
watch movies or, you know, documentaries
or things like that. But, you know —
-TV doesn’t do it for you? -You know, I…
[ Light laughter ] I just — you know, there’s
so many things to do. I mean, to be honest,
what I’d be doing is — if it were a night off,
you know, I’d be — I’m built for night. You know, completely built
for night. I can drink a lot.
[ Light laughter ] And what I mean by that is over
a long period of time. -Yeah. Oh, I see, yeah.
-You know? -Usually put on a couple
jazz records. -Yeah, and I’ll listen
to jazz or — You know, I have a wide range
of musical tastes. I love to cook. I like to go out and walk
around the city. -You’re a longtime
New Yorker. I mean, could you tell
everybody who is not from New York or anyone
visiting, why is New York the greatest city in the world? -You know, I —
I don’t know, A year or two ago,
or maybe it was longer — No, it would have been
three years ago. Three years ago I was
returning to New York after a trip overseas. And we’re cruising along,
and I’m so excited to be coming back. I’m so excited. And yet, I’ve left, you know, a few of the most beautiful
cities on Earth. You know?
And I’m so excited, yet we’re driving through,
you know, an access road
in Queens, you know? Or, you know, and then —
[ Light laughter ] And then we arrive in Manhattan
through the Midtown Tunnel. And I’m headed down
to Greenwich Village. And, you know, you get off
the Midtown Tunnel there and it’s, you know, sort of —
it looks like, you know, city infrastructure. It’s not like you’re looking
at beautiful architecture. And I’m just staring
out the window and thinking, and I’m looking, and I’m just
so compelled by it. And I realize
it’s the citizenry. You know, you’ve got people
who are coming from all over the world to this city. Some are first generation. Some are seventh generation. But they’re all coming here,
or their ancestors were coming to this city
to make a life together and this experiment. And that’s what makes it
the greatest — to me, the greatest city
on Earth. I mean, it’s just to me. -It’s a beautiful experiment.
-It is an amazing experiment of people coming together
from all walks of life and making it work together, which is what they do here.
-Yeah. -And it really is
a great experience. Really.
-I love that. That’s a great answer.
[ Cheers and applause ] It is the people. -And you know, listen,
going away from it, you know, only makes
the heart grow fonder. Really, truly.
-Yeah. But you know, there are people
who always say, you know, “Oh,” you know, “New York is
a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want
to live there.” And it’s only because
they don’t know how the hell to visit even, really. I mean, I feel badly
for tourists when I see them on the streets
of New York. -You feel bad for them?
-Yeah, they all look like they’re a wreck after
about 2:00 in the afternoon. [ Laughter ]
You know, they’re like — they’re up early in the morning
and starting the activities. -Yeah.
And the activities go till like — You see them in
restaurants at, like, 7:00, and they’re yawning. And you know, and I’m just
waking up at 7:00. -Yeah.
7:00 is when your window is. -Yeah, 7:00 is just starting.
Absolutely. -One of your active windows,
yeah. -And I feel so badly.
They’re fitting in, like, you know, a matinee
and an evening performance. -Yeah, too much.
-Way too much. No New Yorker is doing that.
-No. -New Yorkers are, like,
picking one thing. And that one thing could be,
like, work and maybe the dry cleaners.
[ Laughter ] You know, it really —
it’s a very different life if you live here.
-You don’t film in New York — -Yeah.
-You do? -Yeah.
-“Blacklist”? -Yeah.
-What? [ Cheers and applause ] -All over New York. -No.
-Yeah. -Well, I’m happy you keep
everyone employed here in New York.
-Yeah. -Hey. Keeping the city alive.
[ Applause ] What’s happening now? What’s happening now
that we have to know about “Blacklist”? About Red,
about your character? -It’s the beginning
of the seventh season. -Wow.
-You know, it’s funny, we were trying to pick,
you know, a clip to show. And it’s very, very hard
on our show to pick a clip that isn’t —
spoil something, or — -Yeah, ’cause there’s
all these twists. -There’s always something
you want to surprise — But you know, at the end
of last season, he was in dire straits,
the character I play, Raymond Reddington,
on the show — you know, was really — he was collapsed on the street
in Paris, you know. And it’s opened, you know,
that way. You know, it’s just his crisis
right from the very beginning.

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100 thoughts on “James Spader Explains Why New York City Is the Best City in the World

  • October 2, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Anyone seen "Alien Hunter" with James Spader? It didn't have the biggest budget but I overall enjoyed it. A pretty good plot I thought!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    I said it before and I'll say it again; Spader should have been Frank Underwood on House of Cards.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:16 am
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    What's it in it 4 moi.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    You know?… You know?… You know?… You know?… You know?… You know?… You know?… You know?…
    NO!!! I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    new york sucks everything smells like trash in streets

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    He's talented. I wonder how many more Blacklist he can do. He rocked as Ultron.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    If you appreciate that voice, the sophistication, the attitude and just the overall impression that can only be called "smooth", Spader just gets sexier and sexier over time.

    (I'm a hetero dude and totally comfortable saying this.)

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    He says you know a lot.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Spader is awesome.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    "You don't even know my real name- I'm the fucking lizard king!" – Robert California?

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    he is amazing in one epsiode of Seinfeld, " the apollogy " …ha haa ! " i was never sorry, i hate step 9 ! "

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    One of the most underrated actors of our generation.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    I think Jimmy Fallon is the best talk show host, better then all others better then Carson, Leno, & better then Letterman & better then all the others in History, he deserves a shiny Diamond πŸ’ŽTalk Show Award
    Go Jimmy!πŸ†
    πŸ’Ž
    πŸ†

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  • October 2, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Reading the comments, funny how nobody remembers or saw Sex, Lies and Videotape. Was such a hit at the time!
    Spader was nominated for the Golden Globe and won best actor in Cannes.
    Besides, he had a lot of hair back then πŸ™‚

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  • October 2, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    Nostalgia to Robert California πŸ˜‚

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  • October 2, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    I watch the blacklist and had no idea he acts almost exactly the same. Love it!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    " Thanks for the pressure "

    We all love James Spader
    We all love hearing him
    😭😭😭😭

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I will always remember wanting to completely slap the crap out of him in Pretty in Pink. That's how much of a great actor he is.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    He finds people's fatal flaws.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Mr. Spader…love you in BlackList..πŸ’œ

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Starts talking about blacklist .. video ends πŸ˜₯

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    My favourite actor easily! His method of speaking is just so stellar. It's hypnotic so to speak

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    I like the black list

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    Cause it wasn’t Sokovia

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    Idc where he’s at all I ever hear is Ultron lol

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:32 am
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    β€œI’m the Fuc*** lizard king”

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    It's funny how New York is still in its self-awareness stage of culture, like it's saying "who are we, what is 'New York'", centuries after its founding… European cities don't do this. Asian cultures don't do this. People living in Jerusalem don't think "what is Jerusalem", people living in Tokyo don't think "what is Tokyo". This is a unique brand of narcissism that only the American mindset can produce.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    You know ??

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    Looks like Raymond Reddington survived being shot in Paris and is now on the run disguised as James Spader.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    3:58
    If you listen carefully you can hear the first note to All Star by Smash Mouth.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:33 am
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    I can totally relate with his daily schedule LOL

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    Love his acting in Blacklist. I really like

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Love him on Blacklist. One of my favourite Programmes

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    I love James Spader ya know..

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  • October 2, 2019 at 7:03 am
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    His routine is literally mine 😭😭

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  • October 2, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    His description of New York sounds a lot like Toronto lol. Just less homeless up north..

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  • October 2, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    His voice 😍😍😍

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  • October 2, 2019 at 9:28 am
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    All I see is Robert California

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  • October 2, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    why do I feel like I've heard his hypnotic voice somewhere before? his hair sure looks different.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    In one of my favourite films ever PRETTY IN PINK πŸ•Ά

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am
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    Y’all see James Spader, I see Robert California, the f***ing lizard king.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:54 am
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    Fallon always overdoes it with his ass kissing

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    Ultron himself

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  • October 2, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    Want someone to look at me the way Jimmy looks at James Spader! ……. jk i have a bf but still

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  • October 2, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    So the man has seen every city and every Village in the world, what is hΓ© Santa Claus, the man is a hypocrite, and clearly just as stupid as Trump..

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    Nahhhhhhh LONDON

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  • October 2, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    James Spader seems like one of the most genuine people you'd ever want to meet. I hope to meet him one day.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Such a great actor

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  • October 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    yay red

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  • October 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    Meal at 2:30, nap right after and dinner at 9pm. That sounds like a dream 😊😌

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    β€œMontreal is actually the greatest city in the world.” ~ New York City

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    New York is a piece of shit just like this show

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    That’s what I’m saying/feeling too!! TOTALLY agreed!! One NEEDS to UNDERSTAND & FEEL NYC!..;)πŸ˜‡β™₯️

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  • October 2, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Nice to see Robert California on the show

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  • October 2, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    He’s slowly turning into the incontheivable guy from princess bride

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  • October 2, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    This guy's got old school talk show vibes!
    Total chill.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm
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    Holy fuck you New Yorkers are arrogant…

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    I thought he loved California!

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    On my greatest actors of all time list.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    Red took on james. πŸ€”

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  • October 2, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Loved him in blacklist, but he will always be Alan shore to me πŸ’œ

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  • October 2, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    And Mr. Reddington whips his handgun and Denbe walks from behind Jimmy.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    I haven’t seen or heard this dude since Ultron. πŸ˜‚

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Let’s go boys?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    πŸ’š spader

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Yes, I know…

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    Fallon: β€œ….watching the tonight show?”

    Spader: β€œNOβ€πŸ˜’

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    Been my favorite actor since Stargate.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    Im envious…I want to be James Spader.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    He really knows how to play the most friendly psychopaths

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:41 am
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    I love that he looks like all the dads when I was growing up.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:41 am
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    Jimmy ….. Jimmy … try to get a grip … I feel Soooo Sorry for Guests. And, get, Real — so many of us from the Carson/Letterman years – we just don't anymore watch broadcast TV. James is dead on about NYC – spent 23 years on 74th and 1st — remember going for my NY Times at 10:00 pm on Saturday night and bumping into a guy buying drugs for Robin Williams who was performing at the Comedy Store a few doors down. Jimmy please try to chill a little – it's only TV and its only a job.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    James is so funnyπŸ˜…πŸ‘πŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

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  • October 3, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Please keep advocating for New York, so they can go back home. -regards every Florida native

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  • October 3, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    New york is being FASCIST…. I think they have been invaded by assholes

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  • October 3, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    I’m so in love with him. Sigh… he’s the best Storyteller E V E R!!

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  • October 3, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    NYC best city in the world:
    1.abortion on demand
    2. Prohibition on 'bowl cut hair
    3. The ok hand sign is racist
    4. No free speech
    Best city if ur a communist

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  • October 3, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    I could listen to James Spader talk all day. That voice and the way he tells a story, love it. Love him.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    I don't even know if he actually DOES act. I think they just film him as he is. I believe he is Reddington Shore.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    Ultron

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  • October 3, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    This ain't James Spader it's the lizard king

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  • October 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    I could hear him and Offerman talk for hours

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  • October 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    one of the best actors ever

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  • October 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    I find his answer to the titular question verbose.

    James Spader: β€œIt’s the people.”

    Dorothy Parker: β€œHold my beer.”

    β€œIt occurs to me that there are other towns. It occurs to me so violently that I say, at intervals, "Very well, if New York is going to be like this, I'm going to live somewhere else." And I do β€” that's the funny part of it. But then one day there comes to me the sharp picture of New York at its best, on a shiny blue-and-white Autumn day with its buildings cut diagonally in halves of light and shadow, with its straight neat avenues colored with quick throngs, like confetti in a breeze. Some one, and I wish it had been I, has said that "Autumn is the Springtime of big cities." I see New York at holiday time, always in the late afternoon, under a Maxfield Parish sky, with the crowds even more quick and nervous but even more good-natured, the dark groups splashed with the white of Christmas packages, the lighted holly-strung shops urging them in to buy more and more. I see it on a Spring morning, with the clothes of the women as soft and as hopeful as the pretty new leaves on a few, brave trees. I see it at night, with the low skies red with the black-flung lights of Broadway, those lights of which Chesterton β€” or they told me it was Chesterton β€” said, "What a marvelous sight for those who cannot read!" I see it in the rain, I smell the enchanting odor of wet asphalt, with the empty streets black and shining as ripe olives. I see it β€” by this time, I become maudlin with nostalgia β€” even with its gray mounds of crusted snow, its little Appalachians of ice along the pavements. So I go back. And it is always better than I thought it would be.

    I suppose that is the thing about New York. It is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day. "Now we'll start over," it seems to say every morning, "and come on, let's hurry like anything."

    London is satisfied, Paris is resigned, but New York is always hopeful. Always it believes that something good is about to come off, and it must hurry to meet it. There is excitement ever running its streets. Each day, as you go out, you feel the little nervous quiver that is yours when you sit in the theater just before the curtain rises. Other places may give you a sweet and soothing sense of level; but in New York there is always the feeling of "Something's going to happen." It isn't peace. But, you know, you do get used to peace, and so quickly. And you never get used to New York.”

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  • October 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    My god. He looks 30 years older than he does in Boston Legal.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    Really a loooooong time since I saw Stargate

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    I can't see the difference, in a good way, between Red and Spader, his character is what keeps me watching the series, He is the series!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Life is sex -Robert California

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    Ultron πŸ‘Œ

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    James Spader my love. Favorite person in the planet πŸ˜πŸ’•

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    The guy is either always acting OR he is never acting. I’m confused.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    Spader is not the only one I throw up in mornings it's just not 4 my body

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    Who I see: James Spader
    Who I hear: Raymond Reddington and Ultron

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    1:38 hHahahaha i love this guy!!!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    Dam he says "u know" alot LUL

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    He is great at everything…but Alan Shore is top of the list for sure

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    Now thats a good Friday!

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    New York is a dump. All cities on the east coast are dumps.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:39 am
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    About a decade ago James Spader suddenly became John Lithgow.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    I love him, and I still see him as his beautiful self in linen as Steff. I know he was supposed to be the antagonist but he was so good looking, and acted the poop out of that roll.

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