LL Cool J Visits ‘Late Night’

was on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Tuesday (January 10) to promote his new film ‘Last Holiday’, which is out Friday. LL talked about his nickname, how he keeps in shape, his “stay away from everything that tastes good” diet, keeping his romantic life intact, and more. Read on for a rough transcript.

Conan: Wow. We are back. My first guest tonight is a rapper and an actor.
Beginning friday you can see him with queen latifah in the movie “last
holiday.” Please welcome ll cool J.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Conan: Wow. Looking good as always.

LL: That was nice.

Conan: All right, that was good, huh?

LL: Looking good. Like that crown — flavor, yeah.

Conan: You like this — a little flavor?

LL: Red hot!

[ Laughter ] I heard you talking about nicknames earlier. I was thinking
“red hot.”

Conan: That was — well, if you had come up with the name for me, that
would probably be better than mine.

LL: Red — hot!

Conan: Red hot!

[ Laughter ]

LL: Red hot conan.

Conan: Red hot conan.

LL: Conan the red barbarian.

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers ]

Conan: These are all better than what I had. I was like, “fat head.”

LL: No, no, no.

Conan: Yeah, when I was a kid.

LL: Yeah, whatever.

Conan: “We’ll get you.”

LL: Yeah.

[ Light laughter ]

Conan: I was beaten a lot. You know, I have to say, I come out — and
it’s true every time you’re — I shake your hand. You got an amazing grip.
You stay in shape. Nobody stays in shape like you do.

LL: Yeah, yeah.

Conan: We actually have a picture of you. This is — I think this is
from — is this from “S.W.A.T.”?

[ Cheers ] Look at — I would have to have 50 operations to have —

[ Laughter ] Musculature like that. I’d have to have it taken from some
place else and —

LL: “We can make him better than he was.”

Conan: Yeah, I’d have to have something put into my stomach — marbles
or something. How do — that is incredible. First of all, you gotta —
I mean, what do you — what do you do?

LL: I have a great trainer. His name is scooter.

Conan: Scooter is your trainer?

LL: Yeah, yeah.

[ Laughter ]

Conan: I’ll have to come up with a sexy name for him.

LL: Yeah, yeah, yeah, red hot scooter. You know, a lot of — I do a
lot of cardio. I do a lot of running, a lot of boxing, a lot of weights,
a lot of boxing.

Conan: Now, what does boxing do?

LL: Well, you know, it helps your cardio, and it helps your cardiovascular,
and it makes your shoulder, gets your shoulders nice and tight.

Conan: Your boxing with your shoulders? What’s your style?

LL: Well, my style is more, you know, like, you know, just, uh, you
know, jab, and body.

Conan: Wow, that was fast.

[ Laughter ] I didn’t even see that. Do that again. Wow, look at that.
That was —

[ Laughter ] Look at that. Oh, wow, incredible.

LL: Jabs, you know.

Conan: Wow. So, you have such a good style. My whole thing is I’m very
— I’m out here.

[ Laughter ] I’m, I’m, I’m —

LL: No, that’s “gangs of new york” right there.

Conan: Yeah, like, I fight — when I learned to fight, I learned from,
like, an 18th century handbook. I have my hands way out here.

[ Laughter ] And what I do, is —

LL: “Conan o’brien!”

Conan: My legs are very — I move my legs around.

[ Laughter ] A lot like that. See, you can’t even hit this. You can’t

LL: The thought of you standing over me doing this —

Conan: You can’t —

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

LL: Yeah, yeah.

Conan: Here.

LL: Just get up there.

Conan: Like that, yeah.

LL: You know, just, you know, just jab.

Conan: Wow!

[ Laughter ] Okay.

LL: And then I just jab.

Conan: Wow.

LL: Crazy.

Conan: All right, I think you would win that fight. I believe you would
win that fight.

LL: I don’t know, conan.

Conan: Now, do you have to — do you have to watch what you — you eat?
Because people say it’s not just — you can work out all you want, but

LL: It’s 80% diet. It has a lot to do with diet, you know. After you’re
in shape, you know, you can’t be, you know, 500 pounds thinking it’s, you
know —

Conan: Right, right, like, what kind of stuff are you —

LL: You know, I try to, you know, you got to stay away from everything
that tastes good, basically.

[ Laughter ] Anything that tastes good and is delicious is what you
shouldn’t have.

Conan: That’s what I hate, is when they try and tell you it has no fat
in it. It’s made out of soil, but it tastes good. No, it doesn’T.

LL: Yeah — no, it doesn’T.

Conan: It doesn’T. It should just say right up front.

LL: But, you know, what I try to do is I try to eat grilled chicken.
And I try to eat salmon. And I try to eat vegetables and all of those things.
But you know, I can’t lie to you. Even though I’m in shape and I love to
watch my diet, every now and then I get in front of the game and eat a
half a gallon of ice cream.

Conan: Right, right.

LL: It’s just, you know, you can’t — I don’t want to be obsessive about
it. I want to kind of relax and be into it. But, you know, I try to watch
what I eat.

Conan: Yeah. I’m like that. Every now and then I break down. I have
— I get a giant bowl of just whipped cream.

[ Laughter ] And I put starbursts in it. And I just eat it. And I wear
a diaper, and I do that for days.

[ Laughter ]

LL: “Ll and conan was talking about health. Bring me a pork chop.”

Conan: Yeah. Now, let me ask you a question. This is something I’m interested
in. I have two kids now. You have four kids.

LL: Yeah.

Conan: How are you able to — you’re such a well-known romantic figure.
How are you able to keep your romantic life intact, you know? You know,
with four kids, what is it that — do you have any advice to, you know,
new dad who’s trying to —

LL: Guest house.

Conan: What’s that? Guest house.

LL: No, I’m kidding. Um, uh —

[ Light laughter ]

Conan: You want me to come live in your guest house?

[ Laughter ]

LL: Yeah, yeah.

Conan: I see where that’s going. Okay.

LL: No, uh, you know, actually, you know, you just gotta, you know,
whatever you got to do to mix it up.

Conan: You’ve got to think of ways to keep it exciting and interesting.

LL: Like, I mean, you know, throw a, you know, throw a brand-new shower
curtain on the bed and squeeze oil all over it or something.

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers ] Light candles.

Conan: This sounds like a mafia hit.

LL: Slide around.

Conan: This doesn’t sound like —

[ Laughter ] What are you talking about? You’re making —

LL: “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.”

Conan: What are you talking about?

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers ]

LL: “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.”

Conan: You what, you put a shower curtain on the bed?

[ Laughter ]

LL: Yes.

Conan: You want me — you want me to go and get a shower curtain and
put it on my bed and put olive oil all over it and then slide around?

LL: Not olive oil. You don’t want to smell like dinner.

[ Laughter ] I don’t want you to smell like an entree. Baby oil.

Conan: Oh, baby oil.

LL: Olive oil?

Conan: I’ve been doing it with olive oil.

[ Laughter ]

LL: Then you got to roll around with french rolls and be dipping it
in the balsamic.

Conan: That’s how I make a salad.

LL: Rollin’ around.

[ Laughter ]

Conan: Anyone watching this with the sound not on doesn’t know what’s

[ Laughter ] You’re like this, and I’m like this.

[ Laughter ]

LL: Yeah, there’s — on this one.

Conan: I’m telling you, if I put —

LL: Tivo moment for sure.

Conan: If I put, if I tried to do that, I would break my neck. I would
jump on the bed trying to be sexy, bring, like, leopard skin underwear.
I would shoot right off the bed and out the window.

[ Laughter ] I’d fall into a cab, you know, down on the street.

[ Laughter ] And it would be over for me. All right, I’m gonna try it,
though, and then I’m gonna call you.

LL: It might work, though.

[ Laughter ] Look, ma, no hands.

Conan: It might work, though, yeah. Now, what’s up with this movie,
“last holiday”? This is a movie you made with queen latifah.

LL: Yeah, it’s a movie I play with, I made with queen latifah, and I
get to play an everyday guy. And that was the thing that really excited
me about it. It’s not, you know — like, I’m not like a really heroic guy,
and I’m not like a really strong guy or anything like that. He’s a very
normal, normal guy.

Conan: He’s a good friend of hers. He works with her.

LL: He’s a good friend of hers, and we actually become romantically
involved, and, you know.

Conan: Nice. Well, let’s take a look at this clip.

LL: This scene is actually a scene where she got hit on her head so
hard, like, by a cabinet she fell out practically. And she’s, like, really,
really loopy right now and dizzy. And she’s dreaming. So, this is a complete
dream sequence of what she wishes would happen.

Conan: This is her fantasy. Let’s take a look at this clip from “last

LL: Yeah, check it out.

LL: Mm, mm.

[ Smooches ]

[ Marvin gaye singing “let’s get it on” ]

I’ve been really tryin’, baby tryin’ to hold back this feeling for so

and if you feel like I feel, baby

come on oh, come on whoo

let’s get it on oh, babe let’s —

LL: Byrd, can you hear me? Can you hear me, miss byrd?

[ Laughter ] Can you hear —

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers ]

Conan: What are you doing? Those are —

[ Cheers and applause ] I don’t —

[ Cheers and applause ]

LL: Yeah.

Conan: You got the moves.

LL: Tastes like chicken.

[ Laughter ]

Conan: All right, I’m gettin’ you off this couch. “Last holiday” opens
on friday. Check it out. We always have fun with you. Thanks for being

LL: Definitely, glad to be here.

Conan: He’s the best.

[ Cheers and applause ] Ll cool J.

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