While there were certainly more jokes at Smith’s expense sprinkled throughout the night, at least the monologue ones tied into a look around the audience at some of the people who might be able to kick a little ass. . Kimmel joked that “if any of you get mad at a joke and decide to come here and have fun with it, you’ll have to go through my friends” and then listed them by a mixture of their real names and the characters they play. He pointed out that anyone trying to get onstage needs to get past Adonis Creed (Michael K. Jordon of the “Creed” movies), Michelle Yeoh (a true martial arts goddess) and The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal of, you guessed it, “The Mandalorian “). They’re all set to take on a potential fighter, but his next choice, Spider-Man, didn’t look so keen. Andrew Garfield shrugged and grimaced as the camera pans to him, and it works thanks to Garfield’s self-effacing charisma.
Spider-Man wasn’t the only “Man,” however, as Kimmel also pointed out that an attacker would have to cross “Fabel-Man,” aka Steven Spielberg, the writer and director of Oscar-nominated “The Fablemans.” . .” He also shouted his “right arm, Guillermo,” and the camera cut out Guillermo Del Toro, who won Best Animated Feature a few minutes later. The beloved director isn’t really a fighter, so the moment seemed odd until the camera cut to Kimmel’s comedian friend and former security guard Guillermo Rodriguez.
Nobody had better try to climb that step, or they’re going to be in for a world of pain.