As the house lights dimmed to half, in sync with my mood, the survival instinct in me stirred. On similar dark occasions in my life, I'd devised a strategy for backing away from the brink by dividing myself into two quite separate beings, one who's in the mess, and one who isn't. By this admittedly schizoid means, I was, in theory, afforded a dispassionate, objective observer who could talk sense to me -- literally. Not aloud (which would constitute legitimate schizophrenia), but silently, sanely, patiently. Over time, I'd had some interesting colloquies with this alter ego -- and one transpired in the Winter Garden Theater that opening night.
"Listen to me," the Other Me said.
"Good -- you ungrateful son of a bitch!"
"Ungrateful . . . ?"
"If a genie had popped out of a bottle five years ago, and promised you that one night you'd be standing in the Winter Garden, with the orchestra warming up, and the cast throwing up, and the curtain going up in front of a houseful of people who dressed up, only -- only -- because you sat down one day and wrote, 'Act One, Scene One,' would you have said, 'Yeah, but it's gotta be a hit; promise me that or forget it'? Not a chance! You know what you'd have said? 'Just get me there.'"
I love "Inside the Actor's Studio," however, I am curious as to know why James Lipton hasn't talked to Actor's Studio alum and acting great Gene Wilder.
I have not yet seen The cast of Glee on Actor's Studio, but look forward to viewing it very much. I grew up in a small white bread town in the Midwest. Child of a musician father. Artist in every sense of the word. Glee has been a delight to view. I relive my childhood through the talented and colorful cast. At 52 I am finally ready to succumb to my quirky, artsy, musical and dramatic cells that have been waiting for their chance to emerge. Sorry children... tell it to your therapists. Thank you, James Lipton I am a huge fan of your work. Sincerely, L
I'm sitting in class right now as I'm typing, and my teacher just showed me this program. From what i see it's a very interesting program and I'm planning on becoming a famous actor when i graduate high school, so this would be the perfect place for me! :)
I would lovelove love if he had Gene Wilder on the program. Inside the Actors Studio is One of the best show platforms ever!!!!
Absolutely the best show ever. Interesting, entertaining, informative. Mr Lipton is a master as a interviewer. The best show on television. I would love to see more episodes and more commercials of upcoming shows. I look forward to watching the next episode.
I have just discovered "Inside the Actor's Studio" and James Lipton, and I am in heaven!!! I LOVE Mr. Lipton's interviewing style! I can't say enough about it. How refreshing for an interviewer to ask a question in a succinct manner then "stand aside" to let the actor speak. Wow! What a great idea! I'm so tired of an interviewer taking over an interview with his/her inane remarks. James Lipton is the NUMBER ONE interviewer of all time! As a person watching these shows I'm thrilled by his manner and format, but the actors must be over the moon not to hear the usual same idiotic questions put in condescending ways. The gaffes I've heard are unbelievable such as an interviewer saying, "What a great part you had! All you had to do is put on the makeup. You didn't even have to act." REALLY? This was said to an actor who has been acting for something like 50 years! He was gracious as always, but why should he have to endure this??? Kudos to all of them, and THANK YOU, Mr. Lipton!!!
I was Facebook'ing with some friends and we were wondering if Jack Nicholson had ever been a guest. My guess is not and my further guess is they've tried to get him and he has either not responded or passed on it. Any way we can see this great American actor on the show?
Mr Lipton, May I say, that your conversations with these fine actors is simply - wonderful. I ask you sir, please.. we want ALAN RICKMAN.. thank you. Carry on.. PS) best? James Gandolfini and Al Pacino.