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Here's What Happened When James Corden Auditioned for Bridget Jones's Baby

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James Corden was born to play Bridget Jones’s Baby‘s new “charismatic, British” male lead.

The 38-year-old host set his comedic sights on the new, highly-anticipated film during Wednesday’s episode of The Late Late Show when he released his hilarious “audition” tape with Renée Zellweger.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to audition for Bridget Jones’s Baby,” he said. “I love all of the films. I watch them all of the time. My wife’s like, ‘All right, turn it off.’ And I’m like, ‘No! I’ll watch what I want!’ ”

Corden’s audition got off to a rocky start, with the host doing his best Hugh Grant impression – “We just want you to be a regular, British guy,” Zellweger said.

Corden asked to improvised the script before launching into playing a handful of British characters who were anything but regular.

James Corden
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Soon, the host emerged as Sherlock Holmes, declaring, “I’ve eliminated the impossible and what remains highly improbable is that this baby belongs to another man,” he says.

A confused Zellweger asks, “Why would Sherlock Holmes be in this film.”

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But Corden had another trick up his sleeve: Queen Elizabeth II.

“A baby! We are very, very, very disappointed in one Bridget,” he said using a high-pitched voice.

In the end, Corden’s colorful efforts were unsuccessful, especially when Patrick Dempsey swooped in and stole the show.

“Oh, come on!” Corden said before storming out of the room.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights (12:35 a.m. ET) on CBS.