James Lipton

James Lipton prepares for a promising Spring.

on Apr 6, 20090

So, to paraphrase Paul Simon, the sound of my study is silence. And the joy of it is its massive bay window: three eight-foot-high panes of glass, embedded with rondelles of glittering stained glass depicting, in the left panel, Cardinal Richelieu, l'Éminence rouge, founder of the Académie française and patron of the arts, studiously wielding a feather pen. In the center panel, Penelope sits patiently at her loom with the words Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work) inscribed in the bright jewels of the framing glass. In the third panel, attired in sapphire blue, to contrast, presumably, with the Cardinal’s ruby red at the other end of the triptych, Sir Thomas More pores over a thick volume of either law or scripture, since he was both lawyer and martyr.

A very Christian window, and on a sunny day, my personal answer to the marvels of Chartres Cathedral. When the muse is late in arriving, I can stare at it, dazzled, for minutes on end.

And now, finally, the miracle itself.

Spring. In our garden. Seen through the stained glass. Framed by the central panel, stands a tall magnolia which, as I write this, is heavy with fuchsia buds opening into exotic, erotic flowers. The left panel offers two flowering fruit trees, and the right panel another, each of them for some mysterious reason a different color, one pristine white, one saucy red, one chaste pink.

The three fruit trees will soon catch up to the magnolia, turning the entire north wall of my study into a blaze of radiant color to rival Notre Dame’s Great Rose.

That’s the annual miracle, and, with those propitious buds, it’s beginning to happen as I write these words.

And in a moment, when I’ve pressed the key that will send these words through cyberspace to my blog – and you, with the hope that you’ll forgive their subjective indulgence, I’ll return, refreshed, reanimated and restored, to the task at hand: preparing for my next four guests, whose names (every one of them worthy of a headline) will be revealed by Bravo shortly with the customary network fanfare. This much I can confidently promise you: every one of them will arrive with the springlike promise of a brand new explosion of incandescent color...and maybe even a miracle or two.

31 comments
Larry Lee
Larry Lee

Please tell me when your show will be aired again as my wife and I try to never miss an episode. We really enjoy your interaction with your famous guests. Larry Lee

Alan Conway
Alan Conway

Mr Lipton. For so many years I have eagerly opened the TV guide to search frantically for a further episode of "The Actors Studio". Now in my 75th year I get upset each and every week when my efforts seem doomed. Are there going to be more episodes of TAS or are my hopes to be shattered once more this weekend? What can the viewing public look forward to in the future? If it is negative, please let us down gently? A super fan who has never ever missed an episode.

Rudytejano
Rudytejano

Hi there, greetings from Monterrey, Mexico. I guess you get this asked everyday, so you may already have a set answer for it: Where or how can I see some episodes that I can´t find online? I frequently go to youtube.com, but I can´t find these: JULIA ROBERTS KATHY BATES CHARLIZE THERON SALLY FIELD And many more, plus I was wondering if you had plans to interview these great stars: DENZEL WASHINGTON SEAN CONNERY JACKIE CHAN GARY OLDMAN JOHN MALKOVICH I found in wikipedia a complete list of your guests, and to tell you the truth I don´t how many months it´s going to take me to see all those episodes, but I can´t wait to start. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my commment.

Rudy.

Louise McFaddin (Buehl)
Louise McFaddin (Buehl)

9-7-09

Wonderful,Wonderful show Mr. Lipton. This is in reference to Jason Bateman. Because I knew his parents, Kent & Vicki in the early 70's (having been engaged to his Uncle, John I'Anson), I wonder why after having been on all of Jason's web pages, there is not one picture of his parents. I pulled out old pictures of us with Jason & Justine and the Grandparents at Xmas and in the snow. Very cute and young. Vicki was a very,very pretty woman. I realize all has not been friendly, but, was curious how they looked today. It would be nice to see some old family photos. Regards to you and to Jason & Justine.

Sincerely, Louise McFaddin

DRJones
DRJones

Enjoy your show.

BUT

could you please interview Geoffrey Rush, I am a real "Rushie" fan. He is so interesting. You would make the RUSHIES very happy.

Thank you for all your work Dianne

Bev Wilson Johnson
Bev Wilson Johnson

Just finished reading you book and found it very interesting as well as entertaining.Thanks for the read......Saw another poster mention Harry Dean Stanton.How do you contact him? Years ago when I was small, his mother(Goldie)attended a family reunion.Do the names Neal (Cornelius) and Kathryn (Kate) Wilson mean anything to you ? Never met him(Harry) myself,but my Aunt Ruth had contact w/his mother. HEY HARRY, we're related thru the Wilsons. My dad,Russell, and his younger bro.,Cornelius Jr.,and you all look alot alike.Daddy always enjoyed pointing you out in your roles. My daughter once wrote a paper on you for her English class and we tried to contact you thru your agent. But she never received any word. They were to write to a living person they admired and interview them. Oh well. But you definitely have Wilson genes (looks and musical talent).

Ray
Ray

Mr. Lipton, I am enthralled by your show. The research you perform prior to your interview is so incredibly thorough you often seem to put the guests on edge with how in depth you have gone into their history. Additionally, you always seem to be genuinely eager to hear the response as if you were a child patiently waiting for his parents to wake up on Christmas morning so the present opening can begin. In answer to question number 8, I would like to attempt your job. However, I realize no one can do it better so I selfishly hope that in answer to question 10 when you reach the pearly gates (deep in the future) you hear God say, "Go back, there has been a mistake, your job is unfinished" Thank you for all that you do.

Susie
Susie

Love your show! There's a question that has often occurred to me and I haven't yet heard on your show and that is - how much of each character remains with the actors or do they simply erase the characters after the end of their work.

Always lookoing forward for more shows

Ursula
Ursula

Having lived half my life on the east coast, and this, the second half, on the west coast in Los Angeles county, I have a different sort of relationship with spring than you have. I remember how grateful I was for a color other than grey, brown, white or black in the spring. Any hint of green...

Your interviews are the best and I await the new season anxiously. It would break my heart if there were no more Inside the Actors Studio. If there's somebody I can call or write or somehow influence, please publish the information. I know the cards you write are a lot of work, but work you love is not really 'work' at all.

Thanks for all you do.

Respond
Respond

James,

For a struggling actor without a safety net - communicating with a man that can say yes you can come study with us . . . the work is the most important thing to me. I want a chance to study with the best . . . can I meet with you . . .

Tammy
Tammy

I too hope your show returns soon, it is truly one of my favorties. I did not realize until recently that Bradley Cooper was a former student of the Actor's Studio. Have you considered having him as a guest? I just recently discovered him (as an actor) and did not realize everything that he has been in and would love to see him as a guest on the Actor's Studio. I hope you consider it!

Mark
Mark

I think you should consider an acting-focused interview with Quentin Tarantino, a former actor after all, when he comes out with his new one.

Mario Esponda
Mario Esponda

Mr. Lipton and BravoTV: I admire the show like few others on TV, however I would like to say the same about its webpage. I'm still waiting to see some complete list of the previous episodes and seasons, not just the last few ones. I'm sure it is not just my idea, since after reading some of the posts I've seen that many people ask for this. We, the fans, will really appreciate it. Thank you for a wonderful and amazing show, I always look forward for more episodes. Congratulations.

Elizabeth Sommers
Elizabeth Sommers

James...

Three words...HARRY DEAN STANTON!

Respectfully,

Elizabeth

Chris
Chris

Mr. Lipton, is there any chance at all of getting Mel Brooks on your show?! Of all the creative minds that have been on your show, I would think he is overdue.

Laurie Mann
Laurie Mann

Just read (and generally enjoyed) Inside Inside. I'd be first in line to buy the "unexpurgated" 5-hour videos of Robin Williams or Barbra Streisand! I'd love to see some of the older reruns, with Ellen Burstyn, Sally Field and Paul Newman.

Enjoyed the Danny deVito interview very much. Thanks for bringing Rhea Perlman into the discussion.

Pelham
Pelham

Just watching Laura Linney on your show, and I thank you for bringing back actors who have actually learned their craft. The audience, both at the New School and tv watchers, need to see actors who have performed in an amazing and unforgettable style. I ask you, what could you learn from Eddie Murphy and Conan O'Brian?

Mr Bill
Mr Bill

One of my favorite interviews of all time is with Dave Chappel. That was a classic and I can watch it all day long. Everyone was real, the questions, and the answers were truthful. Please show it again this month. Can you have him back on to find out what he is doing now that he is no longer on tv?

paula
paula

I wanted to let Mr Lipton know just how offended I am that he chose to give any air time to that vile and disgusting Dennis Leary. I thought Mr Lipton was a man of class, kindness, etc. If no one has informed him of the things that Dennis Leary has written about Autism in his book and the foolish and pathetic explanation he has come up with I am sorry about that. I did not watch the show because anytime I see this man on my tv I quickly change the channel. No amount of time going by will erase the cruelness he displayed, he will never know the heartache of not hearing I Love You from any of his children, He must be blessed to have healthy kids. Unfortunately my grandaughter is suffering from this disorder and it is robbing her of a normal life. Sorry you gave him a second. He is pure evil.

Michael Oser
Michael Oser

Love your show. During your interview, I'd like you to ask your guests the following question:

"Of all of the roles that you have played, which character or characters personality, if any, is most like you own in real life?"

You are an expert at what you do, but I feel that this question will reveal a good amount of information about each actor to your audience.

BRIDGET MCKENNA
BRIDGET MCKENNA

dear Mr. Lipton, I love this show I get to know there actors you have on your show, I hope you have Kiefer Sutherland back soon He was awesome on your show.

Bridget McKenna Indian harbour beach Florida.

Patrick
Patrick

?????Are you people serious????? Jennifer Beal? All these accolades for a show that is the largest attempt at self- gratuitous masterbation ever performed by man in front of others. C'mon ... Seriously now, of all the ridiculous and utterly un-entertaining pieces of television manure, this show and its producer carry the most pungent odor. For the record, does any one know the number of actors who actually attended the Actors Studio that have appeared in the show? If you do, compare that number to the horrible actors that have appeared on this piece of crap. Not so congruent. And the questions being flagged by students who are paying way too much money to be trained in a feild that they will never work in - just a criminal joke. I've been slowly dis-liking Dennis Leary more and more since his glory days of NO Cure for Cancer, now after watching this non-sense, he holds zero credibility as a performer. This show is worth nothing unless you are hoping to induce some badly needed vommit.

Viewer
Viewer

Dear Mr. Lipton,

LOVE YOUR SHOW ... right?! I recently watched the Dave Chapelle episode (yes, it was a rerun) I loved it. You seemed so kind and truly interested in Dave and his honesty.

I have so much respect for you. No, I am not an actor and I don't wish to be an actor but we need your show, we need you and you are a very much appreciated.

All Best, Karin

Lorie T
Lorie T

Mr. Lipton, I think Jennifer Beals deserves a seat on your stage. I am certain she will be one of the most interesting, intellegint and charming guests you will ever find. She has had an interesting and unconventional career after a big, intial splash in Flashdance, to the recent, historic L Word. I think she is fascinating in interviews, which are always too short, or lacking on the interviewer side...You and Jennifer will be magic...She is very shy, but you will no doubt garner her respect and you will be rewarded with insight of one of the most interesting and humble woman who has ever graced the screen. Do it, James. You won't be disappointed, nor will your viewers.

Laura Lee
Laura Lee

I second the request for an online video archive or DVD archive release. Also, I don't believe he has been on the show, but I could have missed it-- I would be very interested to see an Eric Stotlz interview. He's one of those actors that is in a million things.

Doug Cullison
Doug Cullison

A cross referneced index of the all the actors interviewed would be nice. Will further previous seasons be available for purchase? Or maybe for viewing online? It's intriguing to see the actor's actual personalities(hopefully). Your show is always a worthwhile one, that's always appreciated.

Shaun "Solo" Rogers
Shaun "Solo" Rogers

I love your show and have been watching it for quite sometime now. I am an indie filmmaker and would love to come and watch your show live one day. I know it is actually a class but I would love to be there live once. I pray your show continues on forever.

Mona Aho,Helsinki;Finland
Mona Aho,Helsinki;Finland

Dear Mr Lipton...so many good shows and such a delight ta watch and also to listen to, perfectly done with warm and great humour, and all so nice to hear anf learn from. You make the "stars" coming more close to us merly oridinary people. Love the show more and more ...Keeping me laughing and crying but alwys pleased to have had a chance to se it all.I work as an artist and as a teacher in a primary school and your famous questions of Bernard Pivot I have often used when I need to have deep discussions with a troubelled student or if I have a new class, I use them so I can get to know them better. Thanks to you! I´m a real film and theatre freak ..love everything, love words, and your programs are such an inspiration to both my work as an artist and as a teacher. Looking forward for more shows...Thanks for the ones already done! Mona Aho, Helsinki,Finland

Selkirk Manitoba Canada
Selkirk Manitoba Canada

Thank you for a wonderful show on Conan O'Brien. Never seen his show. But yours Mr. Lipton, we discovered and watch regulary.

Laurie Mann
Laurie Mann

I hope your show returns. I've really missed it!