Anne Hathaway prevailed in her rap battle with James Corden in the “Drop the Mic” sketch from his late night talker Tuesday (watch above). She had stopped by to promote her upcoming flick, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which opens Friday. This one-time Oscar champ (“Les Miserables”) recently won “Lip Sync Battle” and now proves her own singing voice sizzles.
Corden kicked off the contest, poking fun at both Hathaway’s wholesome persona and film follies. “I admit that Anne is both talented and sweet, and it’s hard to say anything about her that’s mean, but I’m gonna try my best and air it out like tank tops, and like her movie ‘Get Smart,’ her rhymes are gonna flop.” He then teased her entrance. “Now it’s her turn to try and act a little scary, ’cause the only Catwoman I acknowledge is Halle Berry.”
Hathaway quickly turned the tables on him. “A Catwoman woman diss? Gosh, what do I do? I can’t make fun of you James, ’cause no one’s heard of you.” She then went for the jugular. “Now that I finally have a chance to speak, I saw your rhymes are like your ratings, damn, they’re incredibly weak. I’m like your wife: I watch Seth Meyers instead.” And the kicker, which sealed her victory as judged by audience applause.“Son, now you know how it feels to get Hatha-slayed.”
Segments like this and “Carpool Karaoke” are the reason why “Late Late Show with James Corden” is on fire this season. This British import, who won a BAFTA TV Award in 2008 for Best Comedy Performance (“Gavin & Stacey”), came to fame on this side of the pond after winning a Tony Award in 2012 for his comic turn in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” He is hosting the upcoming Tonys telecast, and could well win an Emmy as emcee next year as did recent hosts Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes and Hugh Jackman.