James Corden: Comic Timing

James Corden stars as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts in the comedy drama, One Chance

James Corden didn’t do himself any favours when he allowed the awards and plaudits for Gavin & Stacey to go to his head.

He became, in his own words, brattish and behaved in ways that threatened to flush away the love he’d won with his award-winning sitcom.

The savage reviews for his TV sketch show with pal Mathew Horne and their horror spoof, Lesbian Vampire Killers, made 2009 a chequered year. Corden, though, rallied with a brilliant, Tony-winning performance in the Broadway production (following its acclaimed London run) of the stage farce One Man, Two Guvnors.

‘That was such a gift of a role,’ he says, when we meet in London. ‘I used to say to people, when I was doing it, that it’s not that it plays to my strengths, it ignores my weaknesses.’

Without the show, Corden believes he wouldn’t have ‘even had a look-in at doing Into The Woods’ – a movie of the Sondheim musical being filmed at Shepperton Studios – with the likes of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.

And nor, probably, would the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have tapped him to play Paul Potts in One Chance, a Billy Elliot-like comedy/drama about the diffident, opera-singing Carphone Warehouse salesman who became the first winner of Britain’s Got Talent.

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