Watch: J.J. Abrams Wags Tongue, Promotes ‘Revolution’ on ‘Fallon’

by | September 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, Revolution, TV News

Producer/director J.J. Abrams (Photo: Getty Images)

J.J. Abrams once received a tongue in the mail.

The producer/director (best known for ABC’s “Lost”) told the story on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Friday night on NBC.

Abrams came on the show to promote the premiere this coming Monday night (Sept. 17) of his newest TV series, “Revolution,” on NBC (10/9c). But before he and Jimmy Fallon talked about the show, Abrams, 46, talked about how, as a precocious child interested in someday working in the movie business, he used to write letters to movie luminaries, asking them about their jobs and expressing his admiration for their work.

And one of them — a makeup artist he admired named Dick Smith, who had worked on such iconic 1970s films as “The Godfather” and “The Exorcist” — surprised the young Abrams by mailing the boy a box that contained the tongue. It wasn’t a real tongue, of course — it was one of the prosthetic tongues worn by Linda Blair when she played the role of the satanically possessed girl in “The Exorcist” in 1973.

This gift was so special that Abrams kept the original box it came in, and the letter Smith wrote to him — all of which, including the tongue, he brought to the “Fallon” show. Fallon even read Smith’s letter on the air.

Watch J.J. Abrams on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”:

Fallon and Abrams also talked about Abrams’ new show, “Revolution,” a futuristic adventure series that takes place 15 years after all of the electrical power on the planet Earth mysteriously disappears, abruptly throwing civilization back into a past with no electricity. But, Abrams says, don’t called his show “post-apocalyptic.”

“It’s not post-apocalyptic,” he told Fallon. “It’s post-power. It’s a show about what if everything turned off, what if all the power just went off — phones, cars, lights, everything. The show begins 15 years after it’s happening. It’s a cool premise, a big romantic adventure,” he said.

“Revolution” premieres Monday (Sept. 17) at 10/9c on NBC.

But we already have the pilot for you to watch, right here: