When James Corden decided to bring his popular Crosswalk the Musical segment to Paris, the Late Late Show host likely knew he and his team of street performers would meet some skepticism. After all, the French are not internationally known for their patience or tolerance for silly viral sketches. Nevertheless, Corden and his merry band of singers persisted—staging a quick rendition of, what else, Les Misérables.
The sketch begins normally, with Corden gathering a crew of performers together and giving them the rundown of what they’ll be doing. Except this time given the setting, Corden shows up in a striped shirt, red scarf, and beret—holding a very confused French bulldog. As soon as he realizes his crew speaks English, however, Corden breathes a sigh of relief and chases off his accordion player before changing into more normal clothing. From there, he preps his performers by asking them to dodge baguettes and croissants—items they are sure to encounter on the streets of Paris—and then goes straight into the first song.
The song list for this quick musical included “Master of the House”—performed at a busy café—“Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” and “One Day More.” Corden makes sure to substitute baguettes for guns in crucial scenes because, as he puts it, “ le pain is mightier than the sword.”
Corden and his team did a fine job, but the true star of the sketch, from beginning to end, were the confused onlookers—whom Corden’s production team made sure to capture making all kinds of skeptical, dismissive, and overall bewildered faces throughout the show. Even the French bulldog seemed pretty bemused by the situation at hand. The things we do for art!
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