-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.
-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.