Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

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James Lipton interviews some of today's most talented actors, directors and writers. In the audience are students and famous alumni of the Actors Studio's master of fine arts program. The interviewees talk about their childhood, how they got started in show business, their early career and behind-the-scenes trivia. The interview concludes with a standardized questionnaire that includes such questions as "What is your favorite word?" and "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?" After that, Lipton and the interviewee move to a classroom where the M.F.A. students can question the interviewee directly. Written by Steven W. Siferd <>

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Inside the Actors Studio: The Craft of Theatre and Film  »

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So far, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, and Billy Crystal are the only guests to have been interviewed for an encore episode. (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick both appeared a second time as well, but to discuss The Producers (2005)). See more »


[Lipton asks about the seven dirty words]
George Carlin: Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. That was all I could think of in one sitting.
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A wonderful & unique approach to celebrity interviews.
29 February 2000 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Inside the Actor's Studio" offers something that virtually no other interview program does: an interview. The actors, directors, and writers that appear as guests get a chance to actually discuss their craft and their particular approach to it. James Lipton is a great interviewer, offering up questions & observations that you're not going to hear from the majority of other television interviews, as most of those are usually 4 or 5 minute snippets that rarely get past the current projects. Either that or its the same stupid anecdote that has been given on every other show. You don't have to be an actor or director to appreciate & enjoy this program. You don't even have to be a big movie fan to enjoy Lipton's insightful interviews. And for those who are interested in this business, what better way to learn than by hearing it from the masters.

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