After a long holiday break, Comedy Central’s late night powerhouses, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned to production this week with a… bang.
John Stewart’s guest was Michelle Obama, pimping her new book addressing the child obesity issue. Stephen Colbert followed with actress Charlize Theron, hustling her new movie, Snow White and the Hunstman. Of course there were funny moments as Colbert teased Theron about her evil portrayal, until Stephen suddenly said, “Prometheus, which I know we’re not going to talk about… but let’s talk about it!”
Colbert quickly proclaimed he couldn’t wait to see Prometheus, and implied that he had questions about her character, but instead seized the moment to ask, “at any time will an alien burst out of someone’s chest?”
Charlize replied slowly with an uncomfortable stutter , “I, I, I’m not kidding when I say there is probably a sniper in this studio right now who would take me out if I said ANYTHING about that movie.”
Instantly Colbert said, “So, you’re saying, the answer is yes!”
Yes it played out with some laughter, but the funny was the awkward and unexpected response from Charlize Theron. Yes, the Secret Service were in the studios to protect the First Lady, but why would she make sniper and assassination references while talking about her movie in proximity to the Secret Service? They’re already have enough press problems. Unless, press problems are what the beautiful Charlize was actually referring to?
Starring in Snow White and Prometheus with both films opening within days of each other… must be chaos for all the publicity and legal suits who are fighting for Theron’s time. Was there enough at stake that Synchronized Red Carpet Pre-Premiere Promotions could be deadly? Do you think it’s possible Charlize Theron was more afraid there might be armed studio PR executives within range, than the Secret Service??