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I'm your host Chung Lao.|
Sam John. Old friend from the teenage mutant ninja
turtle days. Outspoken. Intelligent. Athletic.
Down to Earth. Redskins fan.
Again I ask you, why would I interview this man? Did I
mention he is a Redskins fan. Green Eggs and ham?
February 7, 2005
Sam, how’s it going man?
Sam: "I am not at liberty to
discuss this topic unless it is a paid-interview situation."
what is your goal in life?
Sam: You’re my father?! Shocking…give me a
moment to collect my thoughts........
My goal in life......?
I just want to be loved.
people say you look like?
Sam: Random Indian guys in the US, including
but not limited to Supesh, Rupesh, Samgee, Sumgee,
Ramikrishnan, Jayasinder, Sudhir, Sandeep, Paul, John…let’s
face it, we all look alike.
you think of IndaPhatFarm.com?
Sam: I’ve always wondered…what does
“indaphatfarm” really mean; is it Korean? Anyways,
that is besides the point…
I believe that IndaPhatFarm.com has great potential to spin-off
into a matrimonial site…I’ll have my people contact your
people Chung. Can’t you see it?!…The tag line could be
something like ”find that spicy kind of love In Da Phatfarm”…perfect!
about those skills in the kitchen man.
Sam: Skills? I prefer “expertise”. FYI: If
you ever need an expert Placer of plates, cups, utensils,
and pots (yes, even pots!...recently added to the
repertoire) into the dishwasher, I’m your man.
George Bush has been re-elected, give us your thoughts.
Sam: I don’t discuss politics in open forums,
especially with Benj lurking around in the HTML.
Chung Lao: Describe your motivation for the recent
"Melvin Motors" media clip from Nothing to Lose?
Sam: First, I want to give thanks to my Lord and
Savior; I could not have done any of this without Him. My
motivation to do this this scene came from the
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the world famous
actor-extraordinaire Melvin (now of Melvin Motors fame).
Melvin took me under his wings and treated me like a long
lost son while we were on set together. He was a special
As you can see in the clip, Melvin just makes the people
around him better during scenes, and this really motivated
me to step my game up and try to act at his level. In the
immortal words of Melvin, which rank up there with Arnold's
"hasta la vista baby", this scene was truly a "fiiiiiine,
fine piece of merchandise."
Chung Lao: Based on "Nothing to Lose" taking home 7
Golden Globes a few weeks back, what is your prediction come
Sam: I think Hotel Rwanda will reign at the Oscars.
Chung Lao: Finally, what have you learned from the
"Nothing to Lose" filming experience?
Sam: That's a great question, and it brings back
memories. At the time, I was at a crossroads in my career.
My mind was telling me to pursue a position as a Consultant,
but my heart was screaming out to pursue roles on the big
screen. I didn't want fame, I didn't want fortune, I didn't
even want my own butler, I just wanted to act in those
movies that influenced the kids in a positive way...to be a
role model and show them the difference between good and
bad...you know, because it's all about the kids.
Nothing to Lose came along, I
thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase my
talents, and maybe even lead to my big break. And best of
all...Nothing to Lose
is for the kids (I think).
re-election hinder or help in the war on terror?
Sam: Who is this Terror you speak of? See
above – no comment.
On a side-note, I think the phrase “war on terror” is an
over-commercialized, bordering on foolish, term. What does
it even mean? Imagine asking a soldier in Iraq who they are
fighting…you think he’ll say “I am fighting the terror”?
On side-note #2, working within the Intelligence Community has
opened my eyes to the fact that no one man (a President, a
CIA director, whomever) will be influential in protecting
our country from terrorist attacks. The entire Intelligence
Community must reform, and if they don’t, this nation’s
intelligence gathering capability will continue to suffer
and will remain in serious risk.
A. Car(s): BMW Z4
B. Shampoo: Anything that makes my hair
C. Fish: Salmon
D. Food: Pizza
E. Sports Team: Redskins
F. Book(s): Hooked on Phonics…it worked for
G. Vacation Spot: The right side of my bed.
H. Restaurant: Don’t have a favorite
I. Cologne: Curve
your take on arranged marriages?
Sam: Hmmmm, my take?...I’ll take a:
5’3’’-5’5’’ Indian (Malayalee recommended)
Medium-toned (Disclaimer: equal opportunity husband, no
discrimination among skin tones)
Long black hair (curly preferred)
Blessed with the Holy Spirit at least by the age of 15 (gift of
Degree in Home Economics (concentration in craft-making preferred
with double minor in chicken curry preparation and sewing
My bad, I got carried away.
Everyone has their own destiny…for some it is arranged marriage,
for others it is the infamous “lowe” marriage, and yet for
others it is no marriage. It has all been pre-ordained;
people just need to make sure to follow God’s plan instead
of taking matters into their own hands.
your take on interracial marriages?
"I see no reason what an interracial marriage can't be a
your ideal wife.
Please contact my parents at
www.findsamawife.com if you
someone you admire and why?
" Ok, be honest...how many of you clicked on the link?"
This is the only question where I can talk about my nephew
Nathaniel J. Thomas (Nate) and sneak in a pic of him, so
I admire my newborn nephew Nathaniel J. Thomas, For what it is
worth, he poops, cries, and smiles like no other.
Heat vs. LA Lakers, 2004-2005 season. Shaq vs. Kobe. Give
us your thoughts.
Sam: Hmmmm, this is a good question. After
extensive analysis I believe in my deepest of deepest hearts
that the Miami Heat will overcome a 42 point effort of
execution by Kobe Bryant to beat the Lakers 104-102 in OT.
On side note #3, I don’t appreciate adulterers, even if they do
buy large purple rings. I wish I could say the same for
Vanessa….women, who knows what they are thinking
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Sam: Some people say I can never be serious,
and that I joke around too much. But the people that really
understand me, know I get serious when the situation calls
for seriousness…I can get deep on you real quick, like “what
is the meaning of life?” deep.
of your favorite passages from the Bible.
Sam: Romans 8:28
something you can’t stand in a person?
Sam: A judging mentality.
Microsoft Paint, please draw us a picture.
Sam: I went to Home Depot, and the paint
experts behind the counter said they weren’t aware Microsoft
living in the End Times?
Sam: Seems like we’ve been living in the End
Times ever since Jesus was raptured.
some countries you would like to visit and why?
Sam: N. Korea – I want to free the people of N.
Korea from communism, and rid the nation of nuclear
S. Korea – I figure it would be the closest and safest place I
could go after an episode in N. Korea. Plus, I have a
friend in Seoul that I’ve been wanting to visit.
Australia (again) – everyone is so laidback out there. No matter
what happens, they are always like “no worries, mate”
Alaska – people tell me that it’s not really that cold there, but I
have to feel it to believe it.
the ideal church, even if it’s not realistic.
Sam: The ideal church is one in which its
believers have overcome their human nature and replaced it
with Christ’s nature.
Draft is imposed for the ongoing “war” in Iraq, and you were
drafted. Is it off to Canada or Fallujah for one Samuel
Sam: Samuel John? Who is this Samuel John you
I would go wherever the Army require that I go.
your take on the Washington Redskins under Joe Gibbs thus
far. Also give us your Super Bowl Pick.
Sam: See my painting in regards to Joe
Gibbs…your heard it here first, Super Bowl next year.
right. You enter a staff meeting at Booz-Allen, set up your
presentation, and you think to yourself, “Man, it’s chilly
in here.” Upon further investigation you realize you are
butt naked. What do you do?
Sam: Scan the room to gauge the reaction on
people’s faces…if people seem intrigued, I continue on with
the presentation and use it to my advantage. If people look
disgusted, I promptly wake myself up from the nightmare.
leave us with a parting thought.
Sam: Thanks for interviewing me. It has given
me an opportunity to discover the true me.
If you can’t
walk the talk, then don’t talk the talk until you can talk
and walk, if you know what I mean.
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