Most celebrities would likely balk at turning their own late night chat show appearance into a remembrance of a recently passed star—too emotional, too sad, too something—but Edward Norton not only took the time during his segment on last night’s ‘Late Show’ to talk about director Mike Nichols with host David Letterman, he did it was style, grace, and some really lovely personal stories.

This stuff is never easy, and too often, it seem maudlin or over-the-top or self-serving, but Norton’s thoughts on Nichols were, well, just kind of perfect.