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Tom Selleck Talks About Being Inducted Into the Cowboy Hall of Fame on 'Late Show'(VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 1st 2010 2:42AM
Tom Selleck, 'Late Show With David Letterman'It's been nine years since David Letterman last had Tom Selleck on the other side of the desk. He brought the actor onto the 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on CBS on to talk about his induction into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame alongside the likes of John Wayne, Henry Fonda and Steve McQueen, as well as his new series 'Blue Bloods.'

But it was in their Hall of Fame discussion, that things got a little heated. Apparently, Selleck is a bit of a stickler about anachronisms in his movies. "If you see a movie that takes place in 1860 and the guy's using an 1894 Winchester," he explained. "It's not good."

"And they appreciated this and now you're honored with the induction." Letterman said.

"Well that wasn't the only reason!" Selleck snapped.

According to Selleck, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum has put several of his props from his film roles to honor his work in the genre, as well as his attention to detail and accuracy. The actor was worried that he was going to choke up during the speech he gave. "You don't want to blubber through a speech in front of a bunch of cowboys," he said.

"I cowboyed up for about half the speech," he explained, but when he started talking about his mentors, Ben Johnson and James Garner, he got emotional. "I didn't cry," Selleck clarified. "I just couldn't talk for about a minute." It was an incredible honor for the actor, who visited the museum and was inspired by it when he was first getting into the acting business. And then Letterman had to go and mock him.

After the two bickered over what Letterman did and didn't mean by his comments, the host said, "I'm beginning to understand now why it's been nine years."

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TO STARKY22. LISTEN LITTLE DICK, CRAP HEAD. I`M 72 AND I LIKE TALKING LOUD AS YOU SO PUT IT. IF THAT`S ALL THE INPUT YOU HAVE TO SAY. ON THIS MATTER. JUST TO ADMONISH ME ABOUT MY SPEAKING LOUD. GET A LIFE SOMEWHERE ELSE. YOU MUST BE LETTERMANS BROTHER. OR SISTER.

October 09 2010 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Haddox

there are still actors that should be in th CHF but most will never be honored.

October 01 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIKE

WHAT ABOUT THE COWBOYS IN BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN ???

October 01 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scamp277

Has anyone noticed how Letterman is seated on a pedestal. He seems to have his chair at a much higher level than his guests, I guess this is so they can all "look up to Him". Or perhaps so he can look down on the rest of the world from his self inflated position. He (Letterman) is a "TALK SHOW HOST" which in my opinion is not really a necessity of life. I can get along without him and his condescending attitude quite well.

October 01 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blueldun

Why would Tom Selleck, a great actor, punish himself by giving Letterman any of his valuable time. Letterman is just a loser, and has been one for a number of years.

October 01 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jkcjaa52

love Selleck,but won't watch Letterman. He's as funny as a stick in the eye. heis an A--hole .should be taken off the air.

October 01 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nofool2you

I like Tom Selleck's acting, and can see why he is proud of being inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Maybe he is picky about being historically accurate in his movies, that shows attention to detail, and most good actors care about that. The bottom line remains that he was a guest, and Letterman went out of his way to irratate him. Letterman is, as someone earlier commented, a big time left wing guy, Selleck is very Conservative, NRA, cowboy type guy. Letterman has a long history of going after conservatives on his show instead of treating them with the same respect that he would guests that have the same leanings he does. To me, Letterman just isn't worth watching because he comes off as an elitist that looks down his nose at anyone that has to get their hands dirty for a living and/or doesnt see things exactly the way he does. Hmmm, kind of sounds like some people in our current administration. He mocked someone that was just inducted into a "Hall of Fame", was it because it was the Cowboy Hall of Fame instead of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was it because Selleck is a conservative, or is it just simply that Letterman is a lousy late night host that has to resort to that kind of behavior to keep his audience happy. Maybe he has the same kind of audience that likes to watch webcams sent covertly from Rutgers students before their roomies jump off of bridges, maybe not.

October 01 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
FEHL

Tom selleck is an excellent actor and I enjoy his movies. However, do not mistake this for HIS actual aura. He is NOT the characters he portrays. I've seen him on other talk shows and it appears that he is a "touchy" person. If you don't agree with him he tends to get huffy at the least.
Letterman's SHTICK is to be as he is on his program.
He uses that gambit to bring people out and make the program interesting. In his field he is a very good interviewer as Charlie Rose is in his. Two different types of result oriented questions.
If you don't like his style don't watch him. Calling him names only makes YOU look stupid, which he is not.... he makes scads of $ and gets away with just about anything. I don't admire him as an individual and I almost never see his program, even in passing.
I am too busy watching Charlie Rose, NASA, Channel 20, 23, good movies, documentaries ( Food Inc.) National Geographic and the like.
I've been watching all the Charlie Rose programs on THE BRAIN, over the last few months. I recommend it to everyone. It might help you to think more clearly and understand why you behave in certain inappropriate ways so that you can curb those ways.
Negativity is a two edged sword and it hurts you more than the person it is aimed at.
An actors personal life is no ones business but their own. They are not in the biz to show you their personal life, but their acting ability for entertainment purposes. Keep in mind the old saying: Let those without sin cast the first stone.

October 01 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosemary Weidman

In my mind, Tom Selleck is one of our top actors. From the early days of soaps, Magnum, and his current series, he is on top of his game. He can play so many roles. And not too bad to look at!!!

October 01 2010 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CAV44

Tom Selleck is a class act, letterman is an A**hole....It's really as simple as that.

October 01 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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DIWENT

Tom Selleck represents Hollywood in the tradition of John Wayne, Ben Johnson,Henry Fonda and James GArner... A fine actor and a gentleman! He pays attention to detail, performs his craft as an artist should; with dignity and respect and sure is nice to look at!

October 01 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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