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Inside the Actors Studio 

Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their craft.
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James Lipton ...  Himself - Host / ... 249 episodes, 1994-2017
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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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Release Date:

12 June 1994 (USA) See more »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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?
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Goofs

For every guest James Lipton is inconsistent on which acting credit is noteworthy to acknowledge. See more »

Quotes

James Lipton: [Repeated question to guests that have experience in stand up comedy] can comedy be taught or is it genetic?
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Inside the Actors Studio
22 March 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

One of the most informative shows on television right now. It allows actors, directors and writers to express their craft to the geniuses of tomorrow. James Lipton should also be commended for the large amount of time and work he puts

into the research of every guest that has visited the studio from Paul Newman to Sidney Lumet to Robert DeNiro. It's an important show that deserves to be honored.


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