It doesn’t seem very long ago when Matthew Broderick played a high school kid playing hooky in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and now he’s figuring out how to talk about the sticky subject of sex with his son.
“Tell me how you broach the subject of sex with James Wilkie?” David Letterman asked when Broderick visited CBS’s “The Late Show” on Tuesday.
“That hasn’t come up,” said the actor, taking a nervous sip from his mug. “I know that it’s come up,” pushed Letterman, as the “filthy-minded audience” broke out into laughter.
“They teach them so much at school, I go to him for advice,” Broderick said of his 13-year-old son with Sarah Jessica Parker. “It’s all changed.”
However, Letterman, who has an 11-year-old of his own, continued to probe for details.
Broderick, 52, went on to reveal that he learned about sex from his friend Eric. “Disgusting conversation I had. That’s a day you don’t forget … the walk home after that news.”
“He (James Wilkie) has got some friend who is going to mislead him and make the same mistakes as everyone makes. I think it is good to come from a parent who should know the real stuff from the made up stuff.
“You’re in danger if you learn from a kid who might get a few of the very important details wrong, which then might show up later when you are attempting them, and someone might say, ‘What the hell are you doing to me? Get that away from me!”
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