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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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 <ssiferd@aol.com>

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12 June 1994 (USA)  »

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

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Gene Hackman had the distinction of being the 100th guest on the series. Hackman's good friend, Dustin Hoffman would later be the 200th guest to appear. See more »

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[interviewing the cast of "The Simpsons" as their characters]
James Lipton: Homer, what is your full name?
Dan Castellaneta: Homer J. Simpson. The J stands for Jay.
James Lipton: What do you do at the Nuclear Power Plant?
Dan Castellaneta: I am a safety inspector. I tell people to be safe. And safen up!
James Lipton: Safen up?
Dan Castellaneta: Safen up!
James Lipton: Since you're still here, and Springfield is still here, I assume you have an umblemished record.
Dan Castellaneta: Well... there's a few blemishes on it.
James Lipton: Ever come close to a meltdown?
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Fun look inside the business
12 February 2002 | by (New Jersey, United States) – See all my reviews

I've been watching this series for several years. When it's good, it's really good, and when it is bad, it is still usually interesting. The best shows, in my opinion, are those from very experienced top-dog actors and directors, but "lesser" actors usually have interesting things to say too. My favorite shows were those that featured Stanley Donen, Norman Jewison, Mike Nichols, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Anthony Hopkins, Matt Dillon, Meryl Streep and Gary Sinise. These interviewees really let you into their working process and career history without a lot of bloated self-importance. When the interviewees don't say much: "Duh, I don't know," act too cool, or start waxing philosophical about dumb movies, then it can be pretty dull. Worse is when guests like Robin Williams agree to be on the show and then don't cooperate with the format, turning it into an opportunity to show off. It doesn't happen often, but it grates when it does. James Lipton is ideal as the very knowledgeable but groveling sycophantic host, and he seems to relish playing the part. At least he is consistent in his praise (over overpraise) of every guest equally, whether they have had a 10 year or 60 year career. He doesn't focus on flops or bad reviews, so the guests aren't defensive, and on balance, that's probably the best way to do it. It's clear that he just loves the business. My favorite part is when he reads some question from his stack of blue cards that shows he has REALLY done is his research, often stunning and amusing the interviewee. I've heard more than one person say, "Where did you get THAT?" or "Have you been speaking to my mother/therapist?" I usually turn it off when the students get up to ask their questions because often they are too fawning and embarrassing.


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