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James Corden: 'Acting is an elitist sport'

James Corden has yet to land Kanye West for his Carpool Karaoke segment, despite the rapper being scheduled to join him twice.

James Corden fears acting is becoming an elitist sport.

The 37-year-old British star, host of The Late Late Show in the U.S., has cited an influx in upper class actors, and says he's worried the profession is slowly turning into an exclusive club.

"It is about class. Look at my career... I mean, that’s quite a lot of good stuff! Douglas Booth has got a great career, he’s a brilliant actor, but he’s never going to encounter the sort of s**t like I’ve had," he told Britain's GQ magazine.

"Nor will Tom Hiddleston. Nor Eddie Redmayne. Nor Benedict Cumberbatch. I fear acting is becoming an elitist sport."

Despite becoming one of the world's biggest TV and web stars, James claims actors with modest upbringings have to work much harder for praise.

The father-of-two, who was raised in Buckinghamshire, England, took over the Late Late Show reigns from Craig Ferguson in 2015, despite being practically unknown in the U.S.

His career has gone from strength to strength, and his hugely successful Carpool Karaoke segment from the talk show is to be made into its own 30-minute show on Apple Music.

James has sang with musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber, and even the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama as part of the skit. However he's yet to get Kanye West to join him in his car, despite twice booking the rapper.

"Both times something came up. He’ll do it eventually. He wants to do it," James smiled.

And contrary to Kanye's brash public persona, James claims the performer sent him a gift of three dozen roses “arranged in the shape of a cube” as means of apologising for the no-shows.

“What could be more Kanye than that?” he laughed.

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