James Corden blasts "good looking guys from Eton", claiming acting is becoming elitist

The actor and TV presenter says people like Eddie Redmayne are "never going to encounter the sort of s*** I’ve had"

James Corden, Elitist, Eddie Redmayne

James Corden and Eddie Redmayne walk the red carpet [Ian West / PA Wire/Press Association Images]

British comedian and actor James Corden has claimed that the acting profession is at risk of becoming an elitist sport, saying that the viewing public does not value his achievements as much as those of privately educated men like Eddie Redmayne or Benedict Cumberbatch. Corden, one of the biggest names in American entertainment thanks to his late night talk show and the success of its Carpool Karaoke segment, told GQ magazine that his path to fame has faced tougher setbacks than the “good looking guys from Eton”.

Comparing himself to stars Douglas Booth, Tom Hiddleston, and Theo James, Corden claimed that those British actors were “never going to encounter the sort of shit I’ve had,” expressing grave concerns about “where that lands us culturally”.

Corden first rose to fame after appearing in the award-winning run of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys in London’s National Theatre, reprising the role in the successful film adaptation. He has since become a star of the stage, small and silver screens, and is now a household name in the US. But since moving across the Atlantic, Corden says that the British press continues to write about him “only with expectations of failure”.

Speaking about the success of his run as the presenter of the hit CBS talk show The Late Late Show, Corden said: “Listen, if we’d made this show for ITV to air at 8 o’clock on Saturday night, people would have destroyed it.”

Corden, raised in Buckinghamshire by his social worker mother and musician father, is not the only British actor to make disparaging comments on the recent success of scores of privately-educated actors. Two-time Oscar nominee Julie Walters recently said: “The way things are now, there aren’t going to be any working-class actors.

“I look at almost all the up-and-coming names and they’re from the posh schools.”

But Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who went to the famous Harrow school, has described how he considered emigrating to the US after several newspaper articles “castigated [him] as a moaning, rich, public-school bastard, complaining about only getting posh roles”.

Corden, whose next cinematic release will see him voice a troll in Trolls, also complained about journalists who harboured desires to write their own screenplays were more willing to praise the success of “the good-looking guy from Eton” than “someone like me, talking about football”.

The full interview with Corden is available in the September issue of GQ magazine.

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