Jude Law is an incredibly talented actor who has conquered both the stage and screen, but he may have faced his greatest acting challenge on Tuesday.
During an appearance on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert acknowledged Law's professional skills. "You are a serious dramatic actor. You have the ability to sell a dramatic line no matter what situation you're playing," he said.
Law, who stars in the film Genius with Nicole Kidman, explained, "It's an actor's job to do justice to the scene no matter what the context." With that comment, Colbert decided to put him to the test by having Law act out famous dramatic scenes while wearing goofy Ping-Pong ball eyes.
First in line? Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy. Despite looking absolutely ridiculous, Law sold the scene. "That was amazing! I'd like to see you do the whole play like this," Colbert told him.
For the next challenge, Colbert selected the death scene from Titanic for them both to perform. "Let's get a little wet," Colbert said as he sprinkled some water from his mug on Law who pretended to be cold. "I can't feel my body," said Law, in character as Rose, Kate Winslet 's character from the 1997 film.
"Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me," Colbert, as Jack, replied. "You must promise me that you'll survive. That you won't give up. No matter what happens. No matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise." But as we know, Rose did let go—and so Colbert's quickly switched his Ping-Pong ball eyes to ones with x's on them to signify Jack's death and pushed his chair away from Law to look as though he was floating away and sinking. And scene.
Watch Law act with ping pong eyes in the clip below.