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 <ssiferd@aol.com>

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If a guest is fluent in Latin, Lipton would ask them to translate phrases he would say to them. See more »

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Why does Lipton ask every guest the redundant question if they enjoy working with a certain director on a previous project? The guest will always give a positive response. The guest wouldn't speak ill will of anybody in public, especially on National TV. See more »

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Martin Sheen: I love being Spanish as much as I love being Irish, and I *really* love being Irish.
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Very unique interview show
4 February 2012 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Inside the Actors Studio is a show that airs on Bravo and hosted by James Lipton. It's a TV show but is also used as a teaching class for prospective actors and directors learning their craft at Pace University in New York City.

The show gives you a far more in-depth interview with famous actors/actresses about their careers from start to present day and what lead them to be where they are today. This isn't your pre-interviewed talk show interviews with actors where they're just using it to promote their most recent project and then also some trivial funny thing that happened in their day to fill time. You can really get in the head of the actors and see what their motivations for a particular role were.

At the end of the show the actors get to take questions from the audience of students and in a way become a teacher to them.


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