Method Man‘s resume is one of the strongest you’ll find in the history of hip-hop. He has been a member of the venerable Wu Tang Clan since their inception in Staten Island, NY in the early ’90’s, and is responsible for some of their most memorable verses and songs, including the classic Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) track that bears his name. He also forged a fruitful partnership with fellow hip-hop superhero Redman, releasing the Platinum-certified Blackout! together in 1999.
Meth has also put together a respectable acting career, starring in cult favorite films like Soul Plane and How High, netting recurring roles on acclaimed TV shows like Oz and The Wire, and making appearances in countless other projects (including a turn as Alicia Keys‘ lover in her music vieo for “If I Ain’t Got You“). He is currently working on a new TBS game show Drop The Mic, for which he will serve as the host.
But while you might know Method Man from a long list of different past gigs, you probably didn’t know about one of his earliest jobs back in Staten Island–as an employee at the Statue of Liberty for more than five years. Last night, Meth joined James Corden on the Late Late Show, where he reminisced about his days at the statue. Corden began the conversation by explaining that, like most people living in New York, had never actually been in the Statue and asked him whether it was worth it to go up and take in the view. Meth’s response had Corden in stitches: he doesn’t know, because he never actually went inside either.
As he explains, “I’ve actually never went inside the Statue, and I worked there for about five to six years…You only get half an hour break, and if I went up in the Statue, I wouldn’t have any time to make it back down to get to work on time. And I needed time to either sleep — right? On my break — eat on my break or smoke…you know, we had to get it in on the sideline.”
He continues, “Yea, not once. But i did get to shake [former Vice President] Dan Quayle‘s hand, meet Radar from M*A*S*H* (he wasn’t that nice though)…oh and Paul Schaffer–he wasn’t nice either…Got you, Paul, I knew I’d get you back…[laughs]”
You can listen to the rest of the tales from Method Man’s tour of duty as a Statue of Liberty employee below courtesy of The Late Late Show with James Corden on YouTube: