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This is one of the rare televised interviews that Johnny Depp has granted.
During Robin Williams's interview, a man in the audience had to be removed from the theatre by ambulance. He'd laughed so hard, he'd acquired a hernia.
Robert De Niro is often mentioned as having given the favorite answer to the god question. De Niro said "If there is a god he has a lot of explaining to do"
The ten questions by Bernard Pivot that host James Lipton asks every guest are:
  • 1. What is your favorite word?
  • 2. What is your least favorite word?
  • 3. What turns you on?
  • 4. What turns you off?
  • 5. What is your favorite curse word?
  • 6. What sound or noise do you love?
  • 7. What sound or noise do you hate?
  • 8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  • 9. What profession would you not like to do?
  • 10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
James Lipton has actively tried acquiring numerous guests for the show, such as Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Connery, among others. Any and all prospective guests that elude the opportunity to visit the Actors Studio are given a standing invitation every year. Brad Pitt finally accepted in 2012.
Once, while a guest on British talk show host Stephen Merchant's show, the comedian Louis CK joked about the students in the audience on "Inside the Actors Studio" who ask famous actors for career advice: "it always occurs to me, you know, when an actor stands up - one of the people in the audience - 'I am an actor what can I do' and asks Sean Penn or whoever 'what can I do to reach your level,' you just want to say 'you will never be famous!'" In 2013, Louis CK costarred in American Hustle with Bradley Cooper, who was not only one of those Actors Studio students in the audience in several episodes (including one featuring Robert DeNiro, who was also in American Hustle) but also specifically one of the students who asked Sean Penn a question during Penn's 1999 episode.
Although every single seat is filled at each of the Actors Studio seminars featuring a celebrity, James Lipton recalls the auditorium was filled beyond capacity when Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford were guests on the show.
While he was a student at the Actor's Studio, Bradley Cooper appeared on camera in several episodes, including in the audience at Sean Penn's, Robert DeNiro's, and Steven Spielberg's interviews. In 2011, he returned to the school to tape his own episode, and as of 2013, Cooper has appeared in three different films with Robert DeNiro.
There has been speculation which guest is James Lipton's favorite, but that answer has never been, and probably never will be, revealed. Lipton admits that certain guests have been "more memorable than others", but refuses to single out one particular favorite of the 200-plus artists that he's interviewed.
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Daniel Radcliffe is the youngest guest to be interviewed on the show.
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The Actors Studio made arrangements for James Lipton to interview Gregory Peck in 2003. Unfortunately, Peck passed away before his scheduled appearance at New School University.
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When the program was based at New School University, Gary Oldman was the most popular request for which guest should come visit the Actors Studio.
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Barbra Streisand's two-hour interview set the show's record for most viewed episode, with 1.14 million viewers tuning in. Harrison Ford's interview comes in second with 579,000 viewers.
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When asked who he'd most like to interview, living or dead, James Lipton replied Judy Garland. Lipton had the opportunity to have Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli as a guest.
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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.
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Ever since the show took off, James Lipton vigorously attempted to get screen legends Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn on the show. Although they were both members of the Actors Studio, neither wanted to interrupt their retirement from show business, be it talk-show or otherwise.
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Bruce Willis's interview was taped on September 10, 2001. The episode was respectfully dedicated by Willis and the Actors Studio Drama School "to the heroes who fell September 11th - and to the heroes who fight on."
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During his interview, Jack Lemmon admitted to being a recovering alcoholic.
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Various guests of the show are welcomed back for another interview to further discuss their careers and how their craft has evolved since their first visit to the Actors Studio. So far, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mike Myers have revisited the Actors Studio for a second time.
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On only five occasions has James Lipton has conducted an interview away from the Actors Studio's home base. In Paris, he interviewed Juliette Binoche and Jeanne Moreau. In Los Angeles he interviewed Clint Eastwood, Jay Leno, and for the second time, Anthony Hopkins.
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As of 2013, although appearing in separate episodes, Kiefer Sutherland is the only guest to be the child of another guest which is Donald Sutherland.
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In his second visit Billy Crystal admitted that his Tony Award-winning one-man show 700 Sundays was in some way born when he visited the first time.
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James Lipton says it takes two weeks, eight hours a day to conduct all the research needed for the questionnaires for each guest, finally he spends the last hour to covert the information he collected into questions and finally write the questions onto the blue cards . However he never discloses what resources he uses to conduct the research.
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Lipton states the dominate theme among his guests is parental separation and divorce
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Every comedian guest is asked the question "is comedy genetic? or can it be taught?"
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If a guest has experience in dancing James Lipton requests the guest dance to briefly for his students, but not every guest grants his request.
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A question Lipton asks every guest is: how much of their personality winds up in each of the characters they play?
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As of 2013 Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Nathan Lane, and Hugh Jackman have all returned for an encore episode.
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Other than the ten questions by Bernard Pivot James Lipton has every guest the questions, "what do you ideally want from a director?" and the converse" what do you ideally not want from a director?".
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James Lipton frequently asks his guests to impersonate other celebrities or characters they've portrayed on screen.
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The most common curse word among guests is motherfucker.
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If a guest has experience in singing James Lipton requests the guest to sing a sample of their past work.
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If a guest is fluent in Latin, Lipton would ask them to translate phrases he would say to them.
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Lipton has stated it takes approximately two weeks to conduct the amount of research for each guest.
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Lipton admits he is notorious for asking his guests to impersonate a character they portrayed onscreen or an actual person in real life.
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Sean Penn is often mentioned as having given the favorite answer to the favorite curse word question. Penn's answer was simply "Ah you... dentist!"
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Lipton has stated guests like, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and many others performed in comedy clubs that normally wouldn't allow them to enter as patrons because they were too young.
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Lipton declines to disclose the sources he uses to conduct the research for each guest.
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A question Lipton asks his guests is: when their choosing projects "what comes first?"
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