James Corden spotted ‘faking’ driving the ‘Carpool Karaoke’ vehicle

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Social media users have posted videos and photos of “The Late Late Show” host James Corden filming “Carpool Karaoke” with Justin Bieber that revealed he doesn’t appear to be actually driving the car the two are belting out songs in.

  • In the images, the vehicle is set up on a rig that allows it to sit atop wheels that are, in turn, attached to a truck ahead of it.
  • It’s not surprisingly that Corden doesn’t actually drive the vehicle — there are possible safety and insurance issues with that, especially given his antics and singing that could probably qualify as “distracted driving.”
  • In many of the clips, which are typically captured by small cameras mounted inside the vehicle, Corden appears to be “pretending” to drive the car.
  • The setup shown is similar to how many TV shows and movies film car scenes — at least ones that aren’t faked using chroma key backgrounds.
  • It’s not immediately clear if this has been an ongoing practice since the segment began or has been more of a recent change, though it wouldn’t be surprisingly, given the reasons mentioned above, that it’s also been done this way.
  • In some installments of “Carpool Karaoke” there are shots of the vehicle, without the rig, navigating busy streets taken from a vehicle a few cars back, which are mostly likely filmed separately using the same or a matching car but without Corden at the wheel.
  • In addition, some scenes show the car pulling up next to the sidewalk and interacting with pedestrians and the rig isn’t visible, so it’s possible these are also filmed separately, perhaps in a closed down or controlled part of a road.