James Corden put together a truly epic lineup for a U.S.A. versus U.K. dodgeball match but no matter the outcome, we’re all winners for being able to witness the historic match. The Late Late Show host is in London all week doing shows from his home country and called in a few friends to participate in his latest viral video. His friends just happen to be Michelle Obama and Harry Styles. That’s a pretty impressive contact list.
The match featured an all-female Team U.S.A., with the former first lady joined by Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Waithe, Kate Hudson and Mila Kunis. Corden’s roster was filled out by Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Bradley, and the semi-traitorous Late Late Show bandleader and comedian Reggie Watts, although we’re not about to fault anyone for wanting to be British.
Putting the teams together was easy for the American side as a breeze with the always hilarious, and inspiring, and motivating, and brilliant (ugh we miss the Obamas!) former FLOTUS saying, “You have no idea how easy it was to get people to do this. All I had to say was ‘You’re going to throw a ball at James Corden.'”
Filling in Corden’s team was a bit dodgier (U.K. slang AND dodgeball pun!), with Styles joking that he finally relented and agreed to play after Corden called, texted, showed up at Style’s job, hair salon, Pilates class and shower. We can never get enough Harry Styles, so we appreciate Corden’s resilience.
It’s tough to pick our favourite moment from the childhood staple that first introduced us to the drenching power of nervous sweats in elementary school. Was it Allison Janney not knowing any of the rules (of course the woman who won an Oscar for playing Tonya Harding’s mother was going to take the competition uber seriously)? Maybe it was Melissa McCarthy’s playful flirting with Harry Styles. It could have also been Benedict Cumberbatch using his BAFTA-winning acting skills to milk every hit. Possibly the constant Game of Thrones jokes directed at Sam, sorry, John Bradley. But if we really had to choose, Michelle Obama spelling out the dodgeball mantra was pretty amazing.
After last week’s social media tease that promised the battle that would determine once and for all which country was better (it really is that easy), the segment aired on Monday night, marking the second time that Styles picked up a soft orange ball for Corden.
You may recall that the popstar previously played a game of dodgeball with Corden and his One Direction bandmates before the boy band announced an indefinite hiatus. The two events were actually kinda close together.
Huh. Is it time to start a prayer circle for the Obamas?