Jason Bateman, a gifted actor who has captured audiences with his magnetic charm and exceptional talent, appeared on Carson’s show for an interview on June 1st, 1989. Carson warmly introduced Bateman, praising his outstanding performance in the comedy series “The Hogan Family,” which aired on NBC.
As soon as Bateman joined Carson on stage, their lively conversation became the highlight of the interview. The talented actor revealed that he has been teased by the backstage crew for his hair color, as he had once dyed it black to play the part of an Italian kid.
Bateman also shares amusing anecdotes about his personal life, including his struggles with his girlfriend and Boxer dog, who had failed to learn proper potty training. As a result, his Boxer would not even understand simple commands like “come,” and in the end, Bateman would walk towards his dog.
Carson steers the conversation in a new direction by asking Bateman about his clubbing experiences. Despite being 19 years old at the time, Bateman had failed to gain entry into clubs. The reason is the lack of a valid ID. He had once tried using a fake ID, but the person checking it quickly detected it as counterfeit.
One of the main highlights of the interview was Bateman’s quick wit and sense of humor. When Carson asked Bateman if he had used the fake ID, he never denied it and produced the fake and original IDs. When Carson asked if many young people use fake IDs, the innocent teenager accepted the fact quickly.
Bateman’s openness and relatability shone through in the interview. It is amusing to see Carson’s reaction in the clip. The significant age gap between Carson and Bateman meant that Carson was unaware of the prevalence of fake IDs during that time. As a result, he seemed surprised when he checked Bateman’s fake ID.
The interview showcases a different side of Jason Bateman. It highlights his humor and charm as an excellent actor. It left audiences eager to see what Bateman had in store for them in the future.