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“Hamilton” Star Daveed Diggs Explains How Thomas Jefferson Planted All Those Crops


MY NEXT GUEST IS A TALENTED
ACTOR WHO IS NOMINATED FOR A TONY AWARD FOR HIS
PERFORMANCE IN “HAMILTON.” ♪ THERE IS NO MORE STATUS QUO
PUT THE SUN COMES UP AND THE WORLD STILL SPINS
♪ I HAVE LAFAYETTE DRAFT A DECLARATION NEN I SAY I GOTTA GO
♪ GOT TO BE IN MONTICELLO NOW THE WORK AT HOME BEGINS
♪ SO WHAT DID I MISS WHAT DID I MISS
♪ VIRGINIA, MY HOME SWEET HOME, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A CIZ ♪
>>Stephen: PLEASE WELCOME DAVEED DIGGS! ( BAND PLAYING )
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>>Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>GREAT TO SEE YOU.>>Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS ON
EVERYTHING.>>THANK YOU, MAN.>>Stephen: HOW IS IT IT FEEL
TO BE PART OF SOMETHING THAT HAS BECOME A CULTURAL MILESTONE?>>I —
>>NO PRESSURE.>>I KNOW, I CAN’T THINK ABOUT
THAT PART OF IT. I JUST GO TO WORK EVERY DAY.>>Stephen: YOU PLAY BOTH
JEFFERSON AND LAFAYETTE.>>YES.>>Stephen: IN “HAMILTON,” THE
MUSICAL. AND THAT WAS JEFFERSON JUST
THEN. WHAT I LOVE. THAT SONG, THE MOMENT WHEN YOU
TURN AROUND AND SAY, “WHAT DID I MISS?”
IS A HUGE LAUGH IN THE MUSICAL BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY WHILE
HAMILTON AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN BACK HERE FIGHTING THE
REVOLUTION.>>THOMAS JEFFERSON MISSED
EVERYTHING BEING A ROCK STAR IN FRANCE. HE WAS A SYMBOL OF AMERICAN
DEMOCRACY SO HE WAS LITERALLY LIKE ROCK STAR LIFESTYLE, AND
SHOWS BACK UP IN THE U.S. AND IS GIVEN THE THE JOB OF SECRETARY
OF STATE JUST SIGHT UNSEEN. JUST SHOWS UP, “HERE, YOU’RE
SECRETARY OF STATE, COOL.” THAT’S PRETTY MUCH THOMAS
JEFFERSON’S WHOLE LIFE.>>Stephen: THE FIRST
SECRETARY OF STATE. HE DID A LITTLE BIT OF WORK.>>AND HAD A LOT OF LEISURE TIME
AND INVENTED THINGS.>>Stephen: EXACTLY. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE PLANTED ALL
THOSE CROPS BY HIMSELF.>>I KNOW.>>Stephen: HOW DID HE HAVE
ALL THAT LEISURE TIME?>>HE WAS SO BUSY.>>Stephen: AMAZING, AMAZING.>>JUST PUSHING A PLOW.>>Stephen: AND BOTH JEFFERSON
AND LAFAYETTE, IS THERE ONE– LAFAYETTE, OF COURSE, PEOPLE WHO
DON’T KNOW, A FRENCHMAN WHO FOUGHT WITH THE UNITED STATES
AGAINST ENGLAND, IS THERE ONE YOU LIKE DOING MORE BECAUSE
THEY’RE BOTH FANTASTIC PART?>>I REALLY LOVE THAT I GET TO
DO THEM BOTH BECAUSE THEY FUNCTION REALLY DIFFERENTLY IN
CONTEXT OF THE PLAY. LAFAYETTE’S ARCH, IS REALLY
DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GET THROUGH. HE’S NOT ON STAGE A TON AND HE
HAS TO GO FROM SOMEBODY WHEN WE MEET HIM IS BARELY COMPETENT IN
ENGLISH TO WE SEE HIM BECOME A GREAT GENERAL AND DOING A REALLY
FAST RAP PIECE. SO I’M VERY FOCUSED AND I’M VERY
SORT OF INSIDE OF IT. AND JEFFERSON THE FIRST THING I
DO IS WAVE AT EVERYBODY AND BLOW THEM KISSES. YOU SAW THE THING. THAT’S– IT’S RARE THAT YOU GET
TO DO BOTH OF THOSE THINGS IN ONE SHOW, HAVE THESE TOTALLY
DIFFERENT THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE S.>>Stephen: ONE OF THE
INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT, FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN
“HAMILTON,” IS JEFFERSON IS ALWAYS PORTRAYED AS SORT OF A
GENIUS HERO IN AMERICAN HISTORY. HE IS NOT THE HERO OF THIS PLAY.>>NO, NO IT’S HAMILTON’S STORY.>>Stephen: IT’S HAMILTON’S
STORY BUT HAMILTON HAS HIS OWN FAULTS HERE.>>RIGHT.>>Stephen: WHY DO YOU THINK
THAT THIS PLAY– BESIDES THERE’S BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, TREMENDOUS
PERFORMANCES, A REALLY COMPELLING STORY, BUT WHY COW
THINK IT IS SO TRANSFORMATIVE? BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES FEEL LIKE
YOU’RE WATCHING SOMETHING DIFFERENT HAPPEN ON STAGE?>>I THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH
THAT WE, THE PERFORMERS ARE, SORT OF ASKED TO ELIMINATE ALL
OF THE DISTANCE BETWEEN OURSELVES AND THE AUDIENCE,
RIGHT. SO THAT’S CULTURALLY, AS WELL AS
EVERYTHING ELSE. SO THAT’S WHY THERE’S HIP-HOP IN
THE PLAY. HIP-HOP IS A VERY CONTEMPORARY
STYLE OF MUSIC. AND THAT MAKES THESE CHARACTERS
FEEL CONTEMPORARY AND FEEL LIKE PEOPLE YOU WOULD KNOW AND MEET.>>Stephen: IT DOES REMOVE THE
BETWEEN NOT ONLY YOU AND THE AUDIENCE BUT ALSO BETWEEN THE
AUDIENCE AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS.>>I THINK THAT’S THE THING. IF THAT I EVER– WE’RE USED TO
LEARNING ABOUT THEM AS STATUES OR PAINTs.>>Stephen: VERY WHITE
STATUES.>>VERY WHITE STATUE S.>>Stephen: HOW DID YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT?>>I– I– I’M PART OF THIS
GROUP FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME THAT IS LIN FOUNDED WITH TOMMY
KALE, OUR DIRECTOR, AND CHRIS JACKSON IS ALSO A PART OF THIS
GROUP. AND WE WERE ASKED TO PERFORM–
IT’S AN IMPROVISED RAP PROJECT, AND WE WERE ASKED TO PERFORM AT
THE SUPER BOWL IN NEW ORLEANS RAPPING LIVE ABOUT SPORTS
CELEBRITIES ON SPORTS NATION AS THEY WERE BRINGING PEOPLE OUT. YEAH, YEAH. IT WAS A TOTALLY CRAZY TIME. AND WE’RE THERE, AND TOMMY KALE,
COMES UP TO ME SORT OF AFTER ALL THIS IS DONE AND SAYS, “HEY,
LIN, IS WORKING ON A NEW THING. WE’RE GOING TO DO A READING,
IT’S A RAP MUSICAL ABOUT ALEXANDER HAMILTON. WILL YOU COME AND BE A PART OF
IT?”>>Stephen: WHAT WAS YOUR
FIRST REACTION, A RAP MUSICAL ABOUT THE FOUNDER OF THE FEDERAL
BANKING SYSTEM?>>IT IMMEDIATELY MADE PERFECT
SENSE AND I KNEW EXACTLY– I ACTUALLY TOLD TOMMY TO HIS FACE
IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA. AND THEN TOLD HIM TO SEND ME THE
SCRIPT BECAUSE I WAS FOR SURE MOTT– MY FRIEND’S WRITING A
PLAY AND THEY WANT TO PAY ME? YEAH. AS SOON AS THEY SENT ME THE
MUSIC, IT WAS– ALL OF A SUDDEN IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE. THAT’S THE FUNNY THING ABOUT
THIS SHOW, THE PITCH IS NOT GREAT, YOU KNOW.>>Stephen: MY REACTION– I
HEARD ABOUT IT, AND EVERYBODY SAID, “YOU HAVE TO GO SEE IT.” I THINK YOU GUYS WERE STILL IN
PREVIEWS– YOU HAD MOVED TO BROADWAY BUT HADN’T OPENED YET,
AND MY REACTION IS WHAT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE’S REACTION IS. THE FIRST 15 MINUTE YOU GO,
“THIS IS GOOD. THIS IS GOOD. I WONDER HOW LONG THEY CAN
SUSTAIN THIS?” BECAUSE IT IS SO DIFFERENT. YOU’RE NOT USED TO SEEING
CERTAINLY HISTORY OR MUSICAL PRESENTED THIS WAY ON PRAUD WAY. AND THE NEXT 15 MINUTE THEY GO,
“WOW, THAT IS REALLY EXTRAORDINARY.” AND 15 MINUTES LATER YOU’VE
COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN IT’S A NEW FORM AND TWO HOURS LATER YOU’RE
SAYING, “WHY AM I CRYING OVER ALEXANDER HAMILTON?”
WHY AM I CRYING OVER ALEXANDER HAMILTON, DAVEED DIGGS?>>WELL, I DON’T KNOW. MAYBE BECAUSE YOU HAVEN’T DONE
IT 500 TIMES. ( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: YOU’RE LOOK,
“ALEXANDER HAMILTON, ENOUGH, ENOUGH! ”
>>Stephen: WELL, I WOULD SEE IT 500 TIMES.>>PLEASE DO.>>Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BEING HERE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE TONIES ON
JUNE 12 RIGHT HERE ON CBS. DAVEED DIGGS, EVERYBODY.

100 Comments

  1. RedDragonStudio Author

    hey tomato haters that are jefferson lovers want me to ruin your fav character? jefferson is the reason tomatoes are in america also when i learned that hes even more of my favorite character

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  2. todd girls Author

    I like to think without Lin we wouldn't know about Angelica, Lafayette, Aaron, Mariah, Peggy, Hercules, John, Eliza, and many more awesome forgotten historic figures

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  3. TemShop :3 Author

    I WENT TO PARIS MEETIN LOTS OF DIFFERENT LADIES, I GUESS I BASICALLY MISSED THE LATE '80's I TRAVELED THE WIDE WIDE WORLD AND CAME BACK TO THIS

    sorry i had to finish it off

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  4. Marika Staňková Author

    Knowing how crazy the Hamilton fandom is…
    If someone wrote a Lafayette/Jefferson fic…
    Would the shipname be Daveedcest???
    🤔🤔🤔

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  5. Cherubii Online Author

    Jefferson: Dresses like fake royalty
    Hamilton : You literally have a pimp cane, and a fugly purple jacket.
    Jefferson: EXCUSE ME, THIS IS FUCHSIA-

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  6. mimi 444 Author

    How does a ragtag volunteer army, in need of a shower
    Somehow defeat a global superpower?
    How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
    Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross's flag higher?

    Yo, turns out we have a secret weapon
    An immigrant you know and love who's unafraid to step in
    He's constantly confusing, confounding the British henchmen
    Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman

    Daveed diggs!

    I'm taking this horse by the reins
    Making redcoats redder with bloodstains

    Daveed diggs!

    And I'm never gonna stop until I make ‘em drop
    And burn ‘em up and scatter the remains
    I'm—daveed diggs!

    Watch me engaging ‘em, escaping ‘em, enraging ‘em, ow

    Daveed diggs!

    I go to France for more funds

    Daveed diggs!

    I come back with more guns

    And ships
    And so the balance shifts
    We rendezvous with Rochambeau

    Consolidate their gifts
    We can end this war at Yorktown, cut them off at sea, but

    For this to succeed, there is someone else we need
    I know (Hamilton!)

    Sir, he knows what to do in the trench

    Ingenuitive and fluent in French

    I mean (Hamilton!)
    Sir, you're going to have to use him eventually
    What's he going to do on the bench

    I mean (Hamilton!)

    No one has more resilience
    Or matches my practical, tactical brilliance (Hamilton!)
    You want to fight for your land back? (Hamilton!)
    I need my right hand man back (Hamilton!)
    get your right hand man back (Hamilton!)
    You know you gotta get ya right hand man back(Hamilton!)
    I mean, you gotta put some thought into the letter
    (Hamilton, Hamilton) But the sooner the better
    To get your right hand man back
    Alexander Hamilton
    Troops are waiting in the field for you
    If you join us right now, together we can turn the tide
    Oh, Alexander Hamilton
    I have soldiers that will yield for you
    If we manage to get this right
    They'll surrender by early light
    The world will never be the same
    Alexander

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  7. katherine is uwu Author

    6:04
    God dammit I just choked and spit my glass of water all over my bed and almost woke up my sister

    cuz it's 11:30pm and I just got up to grab my water from across room
    with head phones
    watching this
    casually
    and this happens
    and i choke
    thx
    now I can say daveed diggs choked me

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  8. • Morningleaf • Author

    I’m trying to find clean videos of him talking because there was a guy on the boat that sounded JUST like him (wasn’t him) and I have to show my aunt a video of him talking ;-;

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  9. Marquise de La Fayetta Author

    I really wanna know why Jefferson's hand is always on his belly. Is he pregnant?

    ((Not discriminating Daveed though he has to do anything on the script))

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  10. The Truth Hurts Author

    I like the Hamilton show a lot it’s mostly historically accurate. But Jefferson was not a flamboyant character he was actually very quiet and was not a great public speaker but a amazing writer and amazing visionary. Hamilton on the other hand is more like the Jefferson character from the Hamilton show he was extremely smart but it’s because of his financial system that Wall Street and corporations rule.

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  11. whatamusicgeek Author

    When I first heard of the musical Hamilton, I thought it was a terrible musical, I hated it from watching the trailer. Now I've seen Daveed Diggs do this and I went, hey, he's adorable. Flipping cute, I want him… And that song, "What Did I Miss", very nice, a little bit of jazz and Motown, I like it!

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