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‘You weren’t brought up to succeed’: James Corden says opportunities for working class people are ‘limited’ within the entertainment industry as he reflects on his own career
James Corden said working-class people were “not raised for success” and faced “limited opportunities” within the entertainment industry.
The 44-year-old comedian described his experience in the 1997 film Twenty-Four Seven as “life-changing” because he wasn’t told such things “were possible”.
Appearing on Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, James, who recently announced plans to step down as host of The Late Late Show, reflected on his own successes.
Thoughts: James Corden, 44, said working-class people ‘were not raised to succeed’ and face ‘limited opportunities’ in the entertainment industry on Friday
Speaking to host John Wilson, he said: “When I think back to the time of making that film (Twenty Four Seven), I just think it was a life-changing experience.”
James then added that director Shane Meadows taught him that “nobody’s going to invite you to the table.”
“I think especially if you’re working class. You were not raised to succeed. Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. It just isn’t, he admitted.
TV presenter: Appearing on Radio 4’s This Cultural Life, James, who recently announced plans to step down as host of The Late Late Show, reflects on his own successes
James continued, “You’re limited in a way. I didn’t realize until I met my wife that she did. I think thirteen GCSEs and I did six. And the most you could do at my school was seven. Kind of limited. You are not actually told that these things are possible.
“I guess what I learned from him [Shane] is that you’ll have to fight your way through it. You’ll have to get people to move to sit at the table if that’s what you want to do. It won’t just be presented to you.
Speaking about his decision to quit The Late Late Show, he added: “I think it’s more of a risk to stay. There’s an amazing clip of David Bowie talking about never playing to the gallery.
Difficult: “I think especially if you’re working class. You were not raised to succeed. Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. It just isn’t, he admitted
“On the day of the announcement that I was leaving, it was still clear to me that there was work here for the next five years and I’m not going to lie, financially it’s good.
“I would watch this clip. I must have watched it fifty times this week where he simply says, “If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, then you’re not working in the right area.
“Always go a little deeper into the water than you feel you are capable of going. Get out of your depth a little bit, and when you don’t feel like your feet are touching the bottom, you’re almost in the right place to do something exciting.”
Realization: James continued, “You are limited in some way. I didn’t realize until I met my wife that she did. I think there are thirteen GCSEs and I did six’ (Pictured with his wife Jules in 2022)
James will step down as host of The Late Late Show at the end of next season amid plans to spend more time at home in the UK, DailyMail.com has confirmed.
The host made the decision to leave at the end of season eight, despite the best efforts of CBS executives, who exclusively told DailyMail.com that they “desperately tried to keep him on longer.”
The star and his wife of 10 years, Jules, are considering returning to the UK with their three children Max, 11, Kerry, seven, and Charlotte, four, but are still trying to “figure out” what’s next for the family.
An insider told DailyMail.com that spending more time in the UK when the show ends is “definitely on the horizon”.
This Cultural Life, 7.15pm Saturday 24 September on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.
New opportunities: Speaking about his decision to quit The Late Late Show, he added: ‘I think it’s more of a risk to stay’