The burning question “What would happen if a soap opera scene was created entirely based on Justin Bieber lyrics?” was answered this week on The Late Late Show With James Corden when the talk show host invited Salma Hayek Pinault, Roy Romano, and Gary Oldman to perform a comedic skit in which Hayek played a woman torn between three lovers.
Titled “The Bold & the Lyrical,” the skit opens with Hayek and Romano sitting on the couch eating strawberries. Overacting just like all good soap opera stars, Romano quotes Bieber's hit “Boyfriend” as he says, “If I were your boyfriend, I'd never let you go. I got money in my hand that I'm really ready to blow.”
An argyle sweater-wearing Corden bursts into the room, shocked that his girlfriend Hayek is with another man. She says she and Ray are just friends, but Corden replies by quoting Bieber's “What Do You Mean,” saying, “Just friends? You nod your head yes, but you wanna say no.” Hayek coos, “Is it too late now to say sorry?”
The comedy continues as the actors exchange familiar Bieber lyrics: “Shorty is an eenie meenie minie moe lover.” “I'll take every single piece of the blame if you want me to!” Romano then throws off the scene by tossing in a random One Direction lyric.
Eventually, Oldman enters and becomes the third man in the lovers' quarrel. As a cheesy piano track begins playing, Corden, Romano, and Oldman take turns telling off Hayek using the words of Bieber's “Love Yourself.” Hayek is devastated as Oldman leaves her with the parting insult, “My mama don't like you, and she likes everyone.”
As the creator of Carpool Karaoke, Corden has been responsible for some of the funniest musical comedy bits of the late night scene, and it seems that he has another winning idea on his hands. We definitely want to see more soap opera lyric skits in the future. Just imagine the possibilities if Corden used the words of Beyonce or Kanye West.
Corden has performed the soap opera skit at least once before. Last October, he created a similar scene with Julianne Moore and John Stamos performing the words of Taylor Swift. The talk show host has become a favorite with musicians due to his viral bits and sketches. Corden also appeared as a featured artist on a track on Kylie Minogue's Christmas album last year.