“Speaking on behalf of all actors everywhere in the world,” joked actor Kevin Kline on the March 7 broadcast of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “there are certain things that come with the job: insecurities, over-securities, over-praise... when you become really celebrated it can go to one’s head.”
Kline was speaking in reference to his ability to relate to the character he will play on Broadway when Present Laughter begins previews March 10 at the St. James Theatre. In Noel Coward’s well-known comedy, Kline plays Garry Essendine, a self-obsessed actor who—as Kline explained—is “going through an identity crisis about ‘Do I hate all this adoration or do I crave it?’‘’
The two-time Tony Award winner last appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac in 2007 opposite Jennifer Garner. His other Broadway credits include Henry IV (for which he earned a Tony nomination and a Drama Desk Award), The Play That I Wrote, Ivanov, Arms and the Man, The Pirates of Penzance (for which he earned Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Robber Bridegroom, and On The Twentieth Century (for which he earned Tony and Drama Desk Awards).
Colbert and Kline also joked about mid-life crises and dignified comedy. But the late-night host couldn’t let Kline leave without learning how to deliver the perfect Broadway bow. Watch the video above.