James Lipton

Host James Lipton tells you what's coming up on 'Inside.'

on Aug 4, 20090

This blog is humbly and sincerely dedicated to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to respond to my previous ones. Before I began blogging several years ago, I had no idea what a pleasure it would be to find myself face-to-face, so to speak, with some of the viewers in the 89,000,000 homes we’re privileged to enter on Bravo in America, and in 125 countries around the world. When Mona Aho speaks to me from Helsinki, Finland, I listen – as I listen to all of you who voice your opinions on this site.

Honestly, encountering you via this blog is one of the unforeseen pleasures of the last fifteen years of Inside the Actors Studio.

And now we’re entering our Sixteenth Season, an honor of which all of us who create the show are keenly aware. Occupying an hour of the time of millions of people who have watched the show over the years isn’t just a privilege: it’s a responsibility. Our responsibility. To you.

To be precise: it’s a responsibility to bring to you the artists you’d like to sit down with in your living rooms, and to ask them the questions you would ask. That’s my mission during the two weeks of preparation for each guest: to intuit to the best of my ability not only what the artists know and think and care about, but what you know and think and, most important, care about. When, through good fortune, those two paths merge, I’ve done my job – and so has Inside the Actors Studio.

98 comments
mara1988
mara1988

I love every episode. Please please bring Alan Rickman!

JJWard
JJWard

Mr. Lipton,

Ever since I was young acting has been a burning passion of mine that brings me joy like no other en devour in life. Your show is a blessing and a powerful inside into the craft I love so dearly. Thank you. The one actor I have grown up admiring who I would love to see on your show is Leonardo DiCaprio. His genius in this art form has inspired me greatly. Thank you again for your genius and for providing your audience with a keen insight into the profession I l love. I can only dream that one day I will have the privilege of meeting you one day and possibly sit in the famous chair.

Sincerely,

J.J. Ward 

maxineharris91
maxineharris91

Love this show! Some people I'd absolutely love to see on it are (it's a bit of a list): Leonardo Dicaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Jack Nicholson, and Ray Liotta.

Clare Boyle
Clare Boyle

oh yeah, my favourite episode is the Simpsons cast one and I would love to see Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman on the show soon please... trouble is, where i live (in the UK) we don't seem to get the new episodes (which sucks!)

Clare Boyle
Clare Boyle

I have a question... when Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater were on you just glossed over Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (which is one of my all time favourite movies) why?

linfromcinci
linfromcinci

Absolutely love your show and ability to be such a careful listener, an ability which I find most interviewers lack. You are the master of allowing your guests to be the true showcase of your series, rather than yourself. Bravo! (no pun intended) I agree with previous comments regarding requests for interviews with Viggo Mortensen, Leo DiCaprio, and Alan Rickman. Also, I would definitely buy episodes that the network made available on DVD and/or Bluray format. Thanks!

Deannah
Deannah

Hello!

I went to the Bradley Cooper taping of ITAS, and really enjoyed myself!

I'm hoping to see Alan Rickman sitting across from you and being there to witness it!

Kirsty
Kirsty

Hi Mr Lipton, I really love ITAS! I would love to see you interview Alan Rickman and also Maggie Smith. Cheers! Kirsty, Australia

Adult Dating
Adult Dating

Very good post. Looking forward to the next one.

sherri rabinowitz
sherri rabinowitz

Loved, Loved, Loved Betty White!!! She has been one of my favorite people all my life and I was so happy to see her on your show. And get her Emmy on top of it! Cool!!!!!

Thomas Puttfarken
Thomas Puttfarken

Please do another overseas episode to France and interview Michael Lonsdale. This man is a wonderful actor with an impressive and diverse body of work.

Richard
Richard

When are you going to have some NEW episodes on? Have you retired from the show? I have not seen any new episodes of "Inside The Actors Studio in more than a year. Thank you.

LMSinMA
LMSinMA

Tommy Wiseau. Best. Interview. Ever.

CanadianViewer
CanadianViewer

I add my voice to those requesting both Viggo Mortensen and Alan Rickman, both stellar actors who would make great additions to your already impressive roster.

cjl
cjl

Mr. Lipton:

I have watched and loved your show for years. It is refreshing to see actors talk about who they really are, and to give advice to those who aspire to be like them. Your show is unique, wonderful, and is always on in my house.

I do have a small request. You have inteverviewed many fascinating actors, but there is one whom you haven't that stands out. Alan Rickman. Do you have any plans to interview him on your show? If not, can you please include him in an upcoming episode?

Johnny V.
Johnny V.

Mr. Lipton, I beg of you....please use your clout from the show to convince Bravo to release the entire catalog of ITAS on DVD! There are so many wonderful episodes I would love to see many times over. The paltry few that are available just tease.

Love your work!

Thank you.

suiseki1
suiseki1

Came across your program this morning and Robert Downey Jr. was on. What a pleasure to listen to and watch. The thing that comes across is that you can't be afraid of life and be an actor. The clip you showed of the movie Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, was absolutely captivating. That is brilliant acting. Now I want to find the movie so I can watch it. I feel a respect/fear for what they do and where they are able to go, as actors, to tell a story, become a character. Some other things he said about keeping it alive, going places that make you grow, or areas you delve into that you need to face, I was hanging onto his words, because there are always paralalles to one's own life and growing as a person. Something about motives too. I feel profound respect for their ability to be in relationship with others and work with others. Personally, I don't want anything much to do with anyone. I just hang out with my dog and watch a lot of television. . . and work as a cashier.

Happened across the movie G.I. Jane last night, and forgot or didn't notice that Viggo Mortensen was in it. Another, very real, and honest actor. I'd love to see an interview of him on your show. They go somewhere and become something they aren't at all like in their own life, and that is fascinating and scary to me. But I love listening to these people and what they have to say about their experience. I like your show and interviews and hope the program continues for a long time to come.

will allen
will allen

Love your show. However, I haven't been able find it lately. Is it still on Bravo?

Will

KarlaT
KarlaT

Hi! I love the show, and I have for years, I just wanted to make a request, I would love to see Meryl Streep in the show, I know she was already a guest once but I think she has done such amazing job since then and is pretty much one of the greates actress ever, so I think it would be great for her to be in the show again, hope you keep it in to consideration, thanks and keep up the good work!

M Taylor
M Taylor

I justed wanted to say thank you for the hours of pleasure that your show has given me. I stumbled upon it some months ago and have been a avid watcher since. I find the interviews not only entertaining but have found insights within the said interviews that can/hav helped me in life. Once again thank you

ViewerDeanie
ViewerDeanie

Where is your show scheduled? It has not been coming on on Monday night on Bravo. Please give a schedule. It has, for years, been my favorite show on television. Thanks for a response.

Robin Batchelor (Norway)
Robin Batchelor (Norway)

Dear James Lipton

I have a request that you would guest the cast from The Big Bang Theory on your fantastic show. Please take it into consderation as I am sure many people would also love to have them on your show.

Sincerely Robin Batchelor

dennis w wong
dennis w wong

It was quite a surprise to see Mickey Rourke on your program since he stated that he rarely watched the show at all but it was first time in a while that an actor appeared on this show rather than a "celebrity" (Jay Leno, Roseanne Barr, Conan O'Brian, etc). My gripe is that you ought to interview some of our senior actors like Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine before they leave us. It would've been nice to have seen George C. Scott too before he died. But I'm grateful to have seen Paul Newman, Eli Wallach, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro outside of Dustin Hoffman.

BigRat
BigRat

I can't imagine what the reason..... Helen Mirren???? Hopefully there isn't some personal issue keeping Helen from appearing. Is there a more distinguished actress alive? Much of her professional and personal life is common knowledge, even so, millions of fans would likely pay to see your interview.

Barbara Occhipinti
Barbara Occhipinti

Hi James, I hope you don't mind my calling you by your first name, but I feel that I know you. I absolutely love your show and never miss it...unfortunately, it doesn't come on often enough to suit me. I am reading your book 'Inside, Inside' and was just crying over your description of the episode with Christopher Reeve...he really was, as you said 'superman'. I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your book and how amazed I am at all of your accomplishments...bravo to you.

Sincerely, Barbara in Arkansas

j2
j2

Hi, I love your show! I was wondering if Leonardo DiCaprio was going to be on the show? He is my favorite actor and I would love to see that interview. Thank you!

Robin (Norway)
Robin (Norway)

Kjære James. Jeg vil benytte sjangsen til å sende en ydmyk takk til deg og Inside actors studio samt alle som hører med.

Dear James

I humbly salute you and Inside the actors studio with a truly fantastic and entertaining show. Not only is it one of the greatest television show on both sides of the last millennium, but it also has the most brilliant host of all time.

I salute you James Lipton and all who accompanies you on this wonderful journey we know as: Inside the actors studio.

Being the great James Lipton, I am sure you will find a way to understand my Norwegian message.

PS: You should absolutely get Jackie Chan and Jet Li to appear as guests.

Elana
Elana

hi James I'm a big Fan of Your show when will U get Actor Jeffrey,Donovan on the show he's has no reconizing of his career I love he's work on the hit t.v. series Burn Notice! it's a wonderful good show I love his work in any movie he's made I'm a big Fan of JD well hope soon he will get his props soon takecare (james) I'll be looking out for him to be on Inside The Actor Studio.

 Jack O'Brien
Jack O'Brien

The questions on the cards make the show! And they have to be made from information "dug up" by you and perhaps a staff??? It's all in the preparation and you do it magnificently!! My hearty congratulations on the length of your series and the quality of it! How wonderful of your audience to appreciate your efforts and reward you by watching for so long. In this crazy business where quality is so often cancelled by mediocracy, you are a shining star! Won-der-ful!!

Donna Kelley
Donna Kelley

I am such a big fan of James Lipton and The Actors Studio and wish there were more shows. How can I get tickets to see the how in person? Thank you. Donna Kelley... also, how can I purchase reent videos of the show?

HocPost
HocPost

This show, like Playhouse 90, Tonight Show with Jack Parr and a couple others, will be shows of record for the arts.

Tomas
Tomas

A great program which Irarely miss. I would like to see the following actors as guests: James Earl Jones, Stellan Skarsgård and Ewan Mcgregor

Lisa Stephan
Lisa Stephan

I don't recall ever seeing Val Kilmer on The Actors Studio. Did I miss it, or has he really not been honored yet? I have always thought him to be one of the top actors of our time and hugely underrated. Do you have any plans to feature Mr. Kilmer on a future show? I feel he well deserves the honor, and as he is very private, it would be nice to "get to know him" a little bit. I am puzzled as to why his talents have gone unnoticed for so long. He is a chameleon of an actor and has such intensity in whatever roles he plays. He can sing, dance and act - and does all quite well, as seen in the first role that ever caught my attention, in Top Secret, and of course his amazing portrayal of Jim Morrison in The Doors. So many talents to go unpraised. Please consider an interview with Mr. Kilmer!

Millsy
Millsy

WE WANT LEO!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen Riley
Kathleen Riley

Yours has been a favorite for years. I just finished 'Inside Inside' and enjoyed all of the background work. Thank you so much for providing the best show on TV and giving us more to watch than the usual. The scheduling has made it difficult the past couple of years, but we're anxious for the upcoming season. It's priceless to have access to great minds and unlimited talent.

C. Williams
C. Williams

Dear Mr. Lipton,

I greatly enjoy the intellectual grace and integrity you bring to 'Inside The Actor's Studio'; thank you very much. My wish list has been mostly fulfilled by your excellent show, but one particularly brilliant actor with an incredible, varied career stands out as an essential guest in my mind, and that would be Christian Bale. I've gathered over the years that he's a complex, deeply private soul who doesn't seem to relish much scrutiny, but I believe he would have a treasure trove of insight and wisdom to offer to the lucky students of Pace University, and to artists all over the world. I have my fingers crossed! Keep up the wonderful work.

Sincere thanks and best wishes, Candace

deskareas
deskareas

i dunno where else to post it.

please invite courtney love. i think she has some interesting views to tell. i can send you some questions for your cards.

i have never heard of show your before. its not aired here in germany.

i found you by searching for the reason why there is no fresh dave chapelle material available.

i am very happy that i found your place.

Patrice M.
Patrice M.

Mr. Lipton...I love your show! However, due to my schedule, as well as Bravo's crazy schedule, I don't always get a chance to catch. HOWEVER, I do have a request...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE invite the greatest living actress...Emma Thompson....on your show. I have simply fallen in love with this woman (and I'm a heterosexual female), and think she would be a fantastic guest...you need to give her two hours, in fact! She's funny, a great guest (have you ever seen her on Letterman? She's always a delight...as well as on Ellen). She's funny, she's intelligent, she's obviously a Stratavarius of an actress, AND she's a writer as well. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE invite her...and you need to give her TWO HOURS, NOT JUST ONE. She's a delight, and I'm sure your students would learn a lot from this grand dame of acting.

Viewer
Viewer

Mr. Lipton, I am a huge fan of the show! I await an offering of the show from the beginning --start with season 1- unedited on DVD. I choose to have all the episodes -- I will pick my favorites. I am curious about Henry "Harry" Morgan. I would think that he has some amazing stories to tell. Any chance of interviewing him? I, too, am frustrated by the programming on BravoTV. I could care less about the realty of "housewives" or "top chefs". I miss your show regularly. Please promote DVD's of the episodes -- from the beginning. Thank you, Lori B

poochie2
poochie2

Hi,poochie2 here,love the show and the Guest my favorite Episode is Robin Williams,I learn alot every time I see it.Anyway,as a Batman Fan is there ANYWAY you could the Cast of THE DARK KNIGHT either together or by themselves on the Show?I know Sir Micheal Caine has ben on but could you get Christian Bale on his first Film WAS Directed by Speilberg?

Viewer
Viewer

Mr. Lipton, Your show never fails to be fun abd interesting. I hope to see a Denzel Washington interview soon.

Grace Franco
Grace Franco

What a great show! Those of us who admire the creative process, enjoy hearing actors speak of their craft. Have you considered Eddie Izzard for the show? He's very interesting and has a bio film due out this month. He'll be in the states beginning in January.

Viewer
Viewer

Would like to echo the sentiments and thank you, Mr. Lipton, for your humanity and kindness and generosity. You are truly an inspiration in your approach to people. I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Inside the Actor's Studio is must see television in my home.

Greg
Greg

Dear Mr. Liption,

My wife and I have enjoyed "Inside the Actor's Studio" for several years now. One night when we were re-screening those sessions you had dedicated to English and Australian actors, we were wondering if you were ever going to create a series for French Actors and Actresses. I confess I am very interested in Seeing Jean Reno, but also people like Catherine Deneuve, or Juliette Binoche, etc..

Thank you for your energies and enteraining approach to make the famous more human.

mara1988
mara1988

I would love to see Alan Rickman in the show too!

mara1988
mara1988

Yes, we want Alan Rickman :)

mara1988
mara1988

Yes, we want Alan Rickman!!!!  :)

mara1988
mara1988

I would love to see Alan Rickman in the show too.