David Tennant and Stephen Colbert Play “Scrooge McDuck or Donald Trump,” And It’s Actually Pretty Difficult
David Tennant went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about the actor’s many projects, from the new season of Doctor Who, the end of Broadchurch, and his upcoming role as Scrooge McDuck in Disney XD’s DuckTales. There was, as with most things these days, a political undertone to each of these discussions.
For Jodie Whittaker taking on the role of the 13th Doctor, Tennant calls her “brilliant,” adding he’s delighted and “can’t think of someone better to join the gang.” The former doctor was, before the announcement, not shy about advocating for a female doctor and even nominated Olivia Colman for the role. He’s clearly a big fan and advocate for his Broadchurch co-stars.
Tennant opens up about the beloved sci-fi character, the protectiveness fans have around the character, and some criticism he dealt with when he took on the coveted role. On the sexist backlash, Tennant says, “That will be irrelevant almost immediately once she takes the part … it’s about finding the right performer at the right time, and that’s Jodie without a doubt.”
The actor also takes some shots at Brexit and Donald Trump, reminding us why we love him so much. When Colbert asks why Broadchurch is coming to an end, Tennant responds, “It’s a peculiarly British thing. I think we see something that works, and we run from it. You’ve hear about Brexit? That’s what we do. If it works and it’s solid and it makes money and it’s good for everyone in it, abandon it immediately.”
The highlight of the segment, however, is when Colbert brings up the exciting return of DuckTales and makes a eerie observation. “One of the things we’ve noticed about Scrooge McDuck,” the host says, “is that he is a billionaire tycoon who has his name on a lot of brands and employs a lot of family members. And that sounded familiar to us.”
“Well, it’s fantasy. You’ve got to understand, it’s a fantasy,” Tennant replies.
“Total fantasy. Yeah, exactly,” says Colbert.
He then brings out some quotes for the actor to deliver in his best Scrooge McDuck voice, for a riveting game of “Trump or Scrooge McDuck,” which is super difficult as the two are fully indistinguishable. Here are the quotes; take a moment to make your guesses about who says which lines:
“My money’s the best friend I ever had.”
“The point is, you can’t be too greedy.”
“You’re fired! And don’t come back until you’ve discovered the joy, the enchantment, the sheer ecstasy of making big bucks.”
“Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”
Yes, they are all terrifying but one is from a cartoonish parody of a Dickensian villain and the other is a fictional duck. The answers, in order, are Scrooge, Trump, Scrooge, and Trump. I know, right?
How did you do in “Trump or Scrooge McDuck”?
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