I hope that’s the case in the upcoming episodes, I hinted at the guests in my last blog. Now I can reveal them. You – and we – can look forward to four consecutive Mondays of laughter (a lot of it), tears (it seems to come with this franchise), and revelations (guaranteed) – beginning with Mickey Rourke on August 31.
This is one of the tears and revelations episodes. In fact, it’s the only episode I can recall in which at moments you can hear the audience gasp. Mickey, who is famously private, found himself facing a theater filled with fellow members of the Actors Studio, led, in the first row, by the co-artistic directors of Actors Studio West, Academy Award winner Martin Landau, and director of “On Golden Pond,” “The Rose,” etc. Mark Rydell. I’ll confine myself to telling you that what you’ll witness is a homecoming the likes of which you’ve never seen, in which Mickey opens himself to the theater audience – and you – as he has never done before.
On September 7, you’ll be hosting in your living room, as I host him on the stage, one of the fastest rising stars in the Hollywood firmament, Jason Bateman, fresh from his run on the historic “Arrested Development” and his critically hailed performance in the Oscar-nominated “Juno.”
On September 14, I recommend seatbelts in your armchairs as the creator and cast of “Family Guy” assemble on our stage for a hilarious, irreverent look at themselves, each other, their characters and their spectacularly successful show. This is, quite simply, unlike any Inside the Actors Studio you’ve ever seen.
On September 21, this cavalcade of talent reaches a hilarious and touching climax as Amy Poehler, the star of “Saturday Night Live” and her own sparkling new series “Parks and Recreation,” delivers (among many other things) a definitive discourse on the art and singular joys of improvisation, of which she’s an acknowledged master (mistress?).
I hope you enjoy all these episodes, each unique, each our way of saying to you, “Thanks for stopping by.”
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.
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.
The VERY best franchise on Bravo. I wait for each episode - always thoughtful, entertaining, insightful and above all intelligent. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for many years of great lessons and clever entertainment. Love every episode! I'm still waiting for a Tim Burton interview!!!
Actor's Studio - I absolutly love this series! There has been such a long dry spell of showings. Can there please be more reruns of past celebrities? Thanks!
If this has ever been done, then unfortunately I have missed it. After reading some background material on James Lipton, I cannot think of anyone more interesting to be sitting in the chair to be interviewed than James Lipton himself. I have had this thought in my mind for a long time, but only today decided I had better share my thought with you. Have you ever considered this idea, (if it has not been done before). I am sure a good many of your viewers are interested in your journey to doing all of the fabulous work you do at "Inside the Actors Studiio." Thank you, Marilyn Hall Dartmouth, NS
Mr. Lipton, What are you thinking?? Thank you for the many years of entertaining interviews by some of our greatest actors but you have had numerous so-so's on set. Seems it would be interesting for your students to see the method comparisons between the stars of the golden era and the present day actors. We have so many actors that are up in their years and that may not be with us in the next five to ten years.We've lost so many of these icons in the last few years. I know the current box office gems appeal to the younger generation but how about us old guys with childhood crushes on the old gems. I would love to see an interview with Jean Simmons or Carol Baker, both of whom I have held lifelong crushes for. Would be a shame to miss the chance to hear those stories. Hope you think about this. Look forward to a new season. Hopes it golden...
I love this show and search for it where-ever I am. Saddly I have been missing it. I am in Arizona at the present time and cannot find it on the dish network. Can you please let me know what day or night I can watch, reruns would be fine as I have a lot of catching up to do.Caught it in Vgas a couple of weeks ago on a Mon. eve @ 5:00pm. Please help. I don't care anything aabout those "Housewives" wherever they live! I just want my IAS! Thank you very much.
The best! We need more. Lets have an IAS marrathan. Would love to see Anthony Quinn and some of the older actors. Please continue the GREATJOB.
I would like to say that I LOVE your show and the fact that it remains focused on acting not stardom. Thanks for keeping it real.
I too would like to see many actors who have not been on, who are actors first. What about Viggo Mortensen? He has quietly been building a solid career. Or what about Denzel Washington and John Travolta? And the older actors like Sean Connery, or even Carol Burnett. I don't know if they have been asked but they would be fascinating to listen to in this context. I guess there are still many to be interviewed which means there will be more episodes in the future.
In response to Marilyn Hall about your being interview. I have to say... I ALWAYS loved the show and wld watch whenever possible... but until YOU were interview by DAVE CHAPPEL... you SEX APPEAL (which to be honest I didnt think you had)... was phenomenal... and DAVE , whom i was never a fan of was AMAZING... - Clear and fascinating... I became a fan of his, which i thought i would never be.... MARILYN... YOU MUST SEE THIS ONE... IT IS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BEST!!!
Thanks for all the wonderful entertainment hope that all the best will continue.just to tell you how much we all love dave chapell. love ,love him . Did I miss Danny Glover? Kay Williams, ferndale wa.
Mr Lipton: You mentioned the first 4 guests of the season, however in the main page we can see Judd Apatow mentioned, where does he fit on this schedule. Is he still from season 15 or already from season 16? As always I insist that a good schedule should be added to the site.
I spent years without cable, so missed quite a bit of the early programs. Is there any way that Bravo might consider replaying some of the favorite episodes from a decade ago? Would love to see them! Thanks for a brilliant program. My husband and I enjoy (almost) each and every one ~ David and Sharon Robinson Rochester, Michigan
I have enjoyed Inside the Actor's Studio for a number of years. However, I wish that you could have more established older actors as guests. People such as Angela Lansbury, Eva Marie Saint and Ernest Borgnine may not be au courant but they are important figures in the history of drama who have a lot to offer students and viewers. As a fellow Detroiter and a Wayne State University alumnus, I hope that you'll consider letting all of us hear what some of these legendary older actors have to say before it's too late.
I cannot begin to describe what the show means to me. It's stripped down atmosphere and raw knowledge is so powerful words fail me to describe it accurately. In high school I was highly interested in the Arts but regretably life and the economics of living interferred and I had to work.
I applaud Bravo, the guests gracious enough to teach others and also of course you. The nuances you have when interviewing people are so slight yet so masterful. Your passion for it and the amount of research you put in to each guests background speaks for itself.
Jimmy M. Southern California
Some of your shows have been the best TV I've ever seen -- John Travolta, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Liza Minelli... You seem to be focusing on comics lately and I don't think you've run out of great actors yet, what about George Clooney, Kate Winslet, and Colin Firth?
Hi James,Lipton I love the show I've been watching it for a long time, hope in the near future U will have on the show Jeffrey, Donovan I think he is a wonderful fine Actor from hit show "Burn Notice. he needs to Be recognize for his peers, hope soon to see him on there. love the show.
I waited all day to watch your show with Mickey Rourke and I switched my TV to Bravo at 7PM and it was just ending...I went online to check and it said 7-8PM.
I miss al the wonderful shows you used to have...any way to see Mickey again?
A long time fan
I'm also in Arizona on Dish Network and positively ill that we are unable to find the Mickey Rourke episode. Can we purchase it? How do we find out why Inside the Actor's Studio is not on Bravo?
At my house here in The Village (Mickey used to live around the corner from us until July 2009), we all agree, the interview you did with him was THE BEST we EVER SAW. I personally was very surprised, because when I saw him listed as the guest, I thought, "Jeez Louise! Lets see what Mickey does with Lipton!" -- Only because Lipton always struck me as kind of hoity-toity. Obviously, Lipton must be a lot more down-to-earth off camera, than he is on the show, and that is why Mickey seemed to like him. At any rate, it was a GREAT interview, and at my house we all wish it was at least an hour or more longer!
Re: comment from Linda McKeown...
If you look at your TV listings on your TV, you will see that this interview with Mickey Rourke will be shown again and again in the next few days. I hope you see it, because I think it was THE BEST interview I have EVER seen on Inside the Actors Studio, and also THE BEST interview I have ever seen of Mickey Rourke! And I am also a longtime member of the Actors Studio in NYC, and was a student of Lee when he was alive, back in the olden days. Mickey is a handsome, charismatic, interesting man, and a truly GREAT actor. He is also hugely under rated in my opinion.
Dear Mr. Lipton -
Thank you for doing such an amazing job with the Mickey Rourke interview. What a story he had to share! You expertly extracted even some of the more delicate subject matter without pushing or imposing...it was a pleasure to watch this episode and see two fine men who are both clearly experts at what they do.
Thank you! S
Dear Mr. Lipton, I liked Mickey Rourke before watching your interview with him last night. I like him even more now. We don't often see someone so accomplished with so much heart and humility. You did a fine job. Thank you, Joan
The interview with Mickey Rourke was good but the fact that you failed to cover 'Barfly' was sad. Please explain why...
Dear Mr Lipton I'm a viewer from La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and I am a big fan of your show, specially of the end of it (not the end part), because the Pivot Cuestionary it is the best closer for a so personal chat. An idea for you.. maybe could be compilate the answers and make a book! it would be an interesting document! thanks for make a great work! best regards
Dear Mr. Lipton,
I must say thank you for the wonderful interview and time you shared Mickey Rourke with your audience. I have seen a large percentage of your episodes from years back, but I was never so enthralled and touched as I was watching Mickey Rourke. You should be congratulated on your tender and honest approach with him. You were caring and thoughtful like a trusted friend. Inexplicably, I Tivo'd the episode and watched it again and again...very moving. Mickey is someone that deserves many good things in life after conquering his demons. I'll be watching closely to see what he creates next on screen.
Mr. Lipton, watching your detailed, humanistic approach toward every kind of people with your industry is one of life's greatest joys. You seldom make a joke a your guest's expense, and I often can feel your emotion as your guest shares private or painful information with you.
I loved your show about you last fall that was hosted by Mr. Chappelle -- you have led a fascinating life and bring forth all experiences into your meticulous research for your guests.
I bought your book and tell everyone. You are today's Renaissance man and offer an "inside" glimpse into the real work and struggle of your art.
Many thanks, and I look forward to more.
God bless you for the Mickey Rourke interview. I believe it's the best in the history of the series.
Your place in heaven, if it exists, is assured.
Kim Waters Athens, Georgia
Thank you for the interview with Mickey Rourke. I cried and my heart sang and danced. I fell in love with both of you. Mickey for his humanity and you for recognizing it. He is a marvel to behold. Thank you for sharing him with us in such a thoughtful and moving way.
Thank you so very much! I love your program and always look forward to it! Incredibly interesting. You have an ability to make everybody sound so interesting when you interview them. Thank you, for being a “little sun shine in a cold water”. The only intellectual show you can watch these days. Thank you very much indeed!!! I only wish we could have a possibility to watch it more often.
I am tremendously disappointed that I missed the Mickey Rourke interview. I had been scanning the program's schedule for weeks since first reading that the interview would be done but somehow missed notice of the event.
I am glad that he's back doing films. This man can plumb emotions and reach through the screen to touch hearts. Yes, he's a great tough guy but he's best at tender emotions. I believe that Mickey's art comes to us at a great personal expense to himself. His vulnerabilities lie just beneath the surface and fuel his artistic expression.
I'll watch the schedules again for a re-airing of this interview.
I absolutely love your show and try not to miss any. Loved the one with Mickey Rourke. Great job. However, I have been waiting for one great veteran actor to be invited to your show, that is Richard Chamberlain. I think he is an interesting man with a lot to tell. Hope you will invite him one day.
You are always a delight to watch. I saw the interview with Dave Chappelle and thought it was wonderful. It was informatative and real. I hope he does become a professor (teacher) because he knows how to draw in an audience and drop nuggets of wisdom while making the audience laugh. I believe you were interviewing a legend in the making.
I was pleasantly surprised that Mickey Rourke agreed to be on your show since his previous comments about it seemed unlikely that he would ever appear on it. What I would like though is that this show feature some of our veteran actors rather than celebrities (Jay Leno, Roseanne Arnold, Conan O'Brian) who have little to do with the art or business of acting!! It would've been nice to see Karl Malden or George C. Scott before they signed off. Kirk Douglas is still around and for that matter, Robert Duvall since you've already had his roomates, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, on why don't you try and get him rather than the flavor of the month. Another senior candidate would be recent Oscar winner, Alan Arkin.
Please, please, please release this show in dvd. Currently there is only the few compilation dvds and frankly; that's just a tease. Thanks!
Thank you for all the great interviews, but (there is always a but) I would really love to see Jim Carrey, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeild on your show.
Regards from Norway
Will LEONARDO DICAPRIO come on the show? He is an amazing actor and I would love to see his interview.
We love your show! The questions are intelligent and thought-out, the actor - well-researched. Could you interview Colin Firth? Thanks!
Dear Mr. Lipton,
Having been lucky enough to atually attend the taping of many shows over the years, I truly appreciate the talents of everyone involved in the productuion of the show. Some of the most interesting evenings I've spent have been at IAS. I hope to see many more shows in the seasons to come.
Mr. Lipton, Im currently taking a class which is re-branding a show. I chose yours because I find is a great shows that keeps it original and gives back to everyone wanting to learn more about the artists you've interviewed throughout the years.
I wanted to ask you, how do you feel about your show's advertising, and branding? Do you feel the show could have a more edgy side to it when it comes to packaging? Or maybe you don't care too much about this side of it (which I completely understand as well) I'm just looking for an input.
thank you so much!
Hi Jim I love the show I saw the third epiodes of the show so happy Your doing Amy P. from SNL hope to see on their soon Jeffrey,Donovan he has a long movie career I love his work. "Burn "Notice is a hit any way I'm glad to see the series back James Lipton thanks!
Hello, Mr. Lipton,
I love watching Inside The Actors Studio and I think that it is the one of the greatest shows on Bravo. I was wondering if in the future you may have plans to invite Alan Rickman to the studio. He is a wonderful actor and I feel he deserves his moment on the show. Also so I was wondering if there would ever be a Willem Dafoe episode, I would love to see it.
Hoping to see these in the future --Siren
There are few things as gratifying as watching an actor discuss the creative process of performance. Just last weekend, when I was helping my 13-year-old prepare for an audition, I realized that I was able to help her more meaningfully because watching Inside... has kept fresh in my mind the technique I learned when I studied Uta Hagen's process in college. Although I know we owe thanks to Bravo, I must say thank you to you for bringing thoughtful, instructive hours.
The one actor I would love to see you interview is Jane Lynch. Her characters are always so rich and layered that I am sure she is a gold mine of information.
Thank you again.