Jimmy Kimmel: This man is an Oscar-nominated veteran of more than fifty films. He's not even old. He played a chimp, a skinhead, a dung beetle, a bellhop, and Vincent Van Gogh all in one incredible movie. You know him from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Planet of the Apes. This Friday you can see him co-star in the creepy and extremely moist thriller Dark Water. Please welcome Tim Roth.
JK: My instant thought was you're gonna pull a gun on me, but you won't, right?
Tim Roth: Not a chance.
JK: That's just acting.
TR: Yeah, not in public.
JK: Thank you, and congratulations on London getting the Olympic Games.
TR: It means a lot to me.
JK: Do you care?
TR: I really don't give a flying . . . Olympian.
JK: You hate the British, don't you? You abandoned the country . . .
TR: I left them behind, and I left unemployment behind.
JK: I heard you mock them by actually having a barbecue on the 4th of July.
TR: I do indeed. It's true. I toast John Brown, and you know.
JK: John Brown? What did you make?
TR: No, I made hot dogs and made sparklers . . .
JK: Oh, you made some hot dogs.
TR: . . . illegal sparklers.
JK: Oh, did you? Do you have kids?
JK: And then they run around with the sparklers?
TR: No, they stand in a bucket of water . . .
JK: They do?
TR: . . . and they hold it like that. And asbestos.
JK: Do you at least let their noses be above the water line?
JK: 'Cause that's not the safest way to do it.
TR: With a snorkel.
JK: Sparklers are the most dangerous -- I mean, really, like M80s, yeah they blow up and they could blow things up, but sparklers are a piece of metal on fire in a three-year-old's hand.
TR: Yeah. We have like Perspex and stuff with little slots to look through. We let them burn the house down. It's insured.
JK: You do? Well that's nice. That's American right there. You've really blended in. How long have you been here in the United States?
TR: About fifteen years, I think.
JK: Oh really?
TR: Yeah, about that, yeah.
JK: Was the transition difficult?
TR: It was. I came here because I was unemployed. I got offered a job in New York, and so that brought me here. But I couldn't drive. I think I was in Los Angeles for two years before I learned how to drive a car.
JK: Really? How do you get around if you can't drive when you're in LA?
TR: I would hire out-of-work actors to drive me around.
JK: So did you start working right away when you came here?
TR: I did. I did a -- what's that some kind of weird horror series that was on TV?
JK: The Golden Girls?
TR: The Golden Girls, that's it. See Quentin was in an episode of The Golden Girls.
JK: Was he really?
TR: He was an Elvis impersonator in The Golden Girls.
JK: Is that right? Quentin Tarantino was in The Golden Girls?
TR: Yes. Yes. One of his first acting jobs.
JK: He makes up stories. Are you sure that's true?
TR: Yes, I've seen it.
TR: I have seen it.
JK: Oh my God. He didn't kill anyone? Is there any blood?
TR: No. No, he was pretty good at it. He's a pretty good Elvis.
JK: Really? Wow, that is a piece of trivia right there. Will you be working with Quentin again soon?
TR: I think so, I'm not sure. I mean, I'd love to, 'cause it's a serious, serious, good fun time.
JK: He's not one of the guys who drove you around is he?
TR: He is not. Although he did drive me around in a -- he used to have this tiny car which was filled, probably up to the handle of the door with sort of junk food wrappers and cups. It was literally you'd wade through to get into it.
TR: He was very proud of that. And he had that right through his successful time, you know.
JK: Really, he's still . . .
TR: He kept that.
JK: . . . a pig after all these years?
TR: He's a sloth, yeah.
JK: Did you want to be an actor? Were you one of these guys that wanted to be an actor when you were a kid?
TR: I think I did. I used to act walking down the road and stuff like that. I used to dream of being discovered when I was about four. "Now that guy's walking down the road like the guy we need." You know? But I went off to art school. I became a painter and I became a sculptor and all that stuff.
JK: Oh really?
TR: Yeah. Before I got into acting, yeah.
JK: Why did you quit that?
TR: Well they sat me down one day . . . I was doing fringe theater. I was doing off-off-off Broadway kind of theater in London, and they sat me down and they said "You're taking a piss. You really are taking a piss."
JK: What does that mean?
TR: It means that you're, you know, you're making fun of us. You're never here. You're always doing plays. And it was a scholarship. They paid -- they were paying for me to be there. So, they said go off and be an actor and we'll keep a place open for you if it doesn't work out. It's still open apparently.
JK: So, now you have this movie, Dark Water.
JK: It's a horror movie, or is it just a scary movie?
TR: It's a -- I mean I haven't seen it, so I don't know.
JK: You haven't seen it?
TR: No. I know it was creepy. It creeped me out when I read the script. I've not read the full script since I was in it, but it was -- it's very scary kind of a suspense thriller. It's not a bloody thing, it's --
JK: Are you too scared to see it?
TR: I'm a bit scared of horror movies, I've got to say.
JK: Yeah, I am too.
TR: I used to like them when I was younger, but I'm not . . .
JK: Well you can't be scared of a horror movie that you're in, can you?
TR: I don't know, maybe. I'm going to slide into the back of a cinema and see if it scares people.
JK: Oh, is that how you do it?
TR: That's what I want to do, yeah.
JK: You go to the actual theater. We have a clip here. I think it needs a little explanation, though, before we show it.
TR: I'm not sure what it would be.
JK: Uncle Frank, please explain the --
TR: Yeah, could you explain the clip?
JK: No actually, can we get the Duncan puppet to explain the clip?
TR: Oh, where's the Duncan puppet? Now, he's got a great accent.
JK: Yeah, see you could make something like that . . .
Duncan puppet: I haven't seen the clip. Sorry, I haven't seen the clip.
JK: Oh, you haven't seen the clip.
TR: Are you Blair?
JK: We'll let Tim do it then. Go ahead.
TR: Well the character is a lawyer. He's a lawyer that works out of his car, and he's hired to be her divorce lawyer. She's going through a messy divorce, Jennifer Connelley's character. And apart from that, I have no idea what you're going to show.
JK: All right, well, perfect then. Let's just show it. Here's Dark Water.
TR: This would be my first thing I've --
TR: Oh. Marvelous.
JK: Well there you go. Dark Water. And that opens Friday and you have another movie opening Friday, too.
TR: Yeah, there's another small, independent film called A Beautiful Country which I did with Nick Nolte and this new young Vietnamese actor called Damien Nguyen. It's about a boy trying to get from Vietnam over to America to try and find out if his father is still alive. He's a GI from Vietnam.
JK: And is he? Is the father alive?
TR: You'll have to wait for that.
JK: Yeah, I'll have to watch the movie. All right, very good. All right, Tim Roth. Two movies opening this weekend, Dark Water on Friday and The Beautiful Country is the name of the film opening in select theaters.