Sometimes talk show appearances are bad on-camera lab experiments. All the elements are in place, but the chemistry fails. The charming and unaffected Kate Bosworth popped in on Letterman to plug her new flick 21, but somehow the vast bulk of her segment centered around another movie altogether. (A publicist’s worst nightmare.) She and Dave swapped gags about skydiving, followed by a clip of her first parachute venture, while in New Zealand, where she just shot The Laundry Warrior by a Korean director. She then wandered through a story about wandering through NZ with her boyfriend. The movie she was on the show to promote barely got a mention before she vanished into the commercial break.
How much of this lay on Kate’s shoulder is hard to tell. She showed up lovely and lively, looking trimly gorgeous (fortunately still above her alarming waif weight of 2006.) She made all the right moves, having fun with both Dave and Paul Shaffer and relating to both like old pals. Yet the whole act felt stage managed, undercutting her natural appeal. Even Dave seemed working from a shoehorned script, as though Kate’s handlers and the show’s producers had concluded the Las Vegas-based movie 21 couldn’t carry the segment. She wove a brief story about being stranded in Vegas for six weeks, while co-star Kevin Spacey had fun across the state. Surely after working with Spacey in three movies, there were more stories connected to the movie she was there to support. But perhaps none she could tell.
It was far from terrible, yet less than anticipated. We had terrific professionals out front, which is why The Guest Whisperer suspects the fumbles came from backstage.