John Lithgow takes a dig at Trump on Stephen Colbert show as he reads excerpts from his satirical poetry book

Advising young actors, Lithgow said, 'If there’s a role you really want to play, figure out a way to produce it. Give yourself a great goal or a great project'


                            John Lithgow takes a dig at Trump on Stephen Colbert show as he reads excerpts from his satirical poetry book
John Lithgow (Getty Images)

Due to the pandemic, Colbert has taken his late-night show hosting to his home. From the comfort of our own homes, we still get to enjoy celebrities speak about their lives and upcoming projects with fabulous hosts. So late-night shows have tuned in with celebrity guests in their homes, social distancing like the rest of us. In the May 14 episode of ''The Late Show With Stephen Colbert', we saw Colbert from home with John Lithgow and were graced with the title of Lithgow's upcoming poetry book, along with two poems being revealed as he spoke about the importance of having a creative outlet as an actor.

Lithgow revealed to Colbert that he has been keeping busy and is working on a project during quarantine, and considers himself lucky. He has been working on his next poetry book titled ‘Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown: Verses for a Despotic Age,' set to release early October. This follows his poetry book titled, 'Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse' that released last year, and viewers got a chance to hear not one, but two poems off the new one. Lithgow read the title poem of his upcoming book, setting the tone for the rest of the poems, and he also read a poem about Rudy Giuliani revealing a very impressive illustration. Lithgow told Colbert that he has finished with the poems in the book and is now working on its illustrations.

Rudy Giuliani illustration by John Lithgow (CBS)

Brimming with talent, Lithgow was asked by Colbert about the advice he gives young artists: “Find something that is all yours, some creative outlet. Paint, tap dance, or write. If there’s a role you really want to play, figure out a way to produce it. Give yourself a great goal or a great project," said Lithgow.

The award-winning actor and national bestselling author said it's important to have a creative thing that does not depend on being hired, "it's depressing," he said. Lithgow revealed that he wasn't interested in acting having come from a theatre family but always kept himself creatively busy. He said that's what lead to his eccentric career of acting, writing children's books, and now chronicling the Trump era with satirical poetry. He said all that came from him fearing that he wouldn't be hired as an actor.

'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' airs on all the weekdays on CBS.

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