"Goldfinch is a bird right?" Fallon asked.
Jimmy Fallon gets an A-plus for trying.
During Tuesday's episode of "The Tonight Show," the host epically failed to describe the plot of guest Sarah Paulson's film "The Goldfinch." Fallon didn't fool anyone, particularly Paulson, as he attempted to ask her questions about the drama and Pultizer Prize-winning novel it is based on.
"I don't know if you guys have read the book," Paulson said. "It's a beautiful book."
"I tried," Fallon replied and Paulson joked, "800 pages is just too much for you, right?"
The NBC star then attempted to explain the plot of the book.
"It is beautiful and great, and I go, 'I get it' and then it went into a different story and I go, 'What happened?'" Fallon said.
Paulson laughed and said, "We'll cut that part out where it sounds like it's not good."
Fallon didn't give up and continued to try to describe the book.
"No it is really good, I really got into it," he said. "I go, 'Oh yeah, the museum and the whole thing, and they go, 'It's not even about that.'"
"It's really not about that and I don't come into it until the part that it's not about that," Paulson said, adding "you're clearly not interested."
"There's like four chapters about the museum. It's not about a museum," Fallon said. "So I read four chapters that's not about anything."
While failing to get through the book, Fallon recalled telling himself: "I can't wait for the movie to come out." Although he admitted that he would give the novel another try before the film comes out, Paulson quickly pointed out "The Goldfinch" is already out in theaters. (Awkward!)
After the duo established Fallon said "nothing" about the film, Paulson then attempted to correctly describe the plot but couldn't stop laughing. The interview continued to (hilariously) go downhill as Fallon tried again to chime in with some questions.
"Goldfinch is a bird right?" he asked and Paulson laughed and then explained, "Goldfinch is a famous painting that hangs in the Met."
"I didn't want to spoil it for anyone," Fallon said.
When Fallon joked that he simply "didn't want to spoil for anyone," Paulson giggled and said, "You couldn't possibly spoil it because you don't know what's happening."
Now as for what "The Goldfinch" is really about? The drama follows Theo Decker (Ansel Elgort), an antiques seller, whose mother was killed in a terrorist attack in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York when he was 13 years old. Throughout the course of his life, Theo holds on to a painting of a goldfinch, which he stole from the museum, as a piece of hope in memory of the last day he had with his mother.
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