In my last blog I predicted that we were about to make history. Maybe not world-shaking history, but certainly history for Inside the Actors Studio, and perhaps for television.
And so it is coming to pass. . .
On January 9, on our Actors Studio Drama School stage at Pace University, we shot until 11 p.m. with George Clooney. Working at what was then record speed, we edited a two-hour episode and aired it January 31-- at precisely the moment when Brad Pitt was walking onto that same stage to shoot his episode of Inside the Actors Studio. Each of them sharing his life and life's work with our students for the first time, and each of them hitting the ball (to borrow a term from Brad's film Moneyball) out of the park. Ten days after Brad's live appearance, on February 10, shattering all our previous records, we will have edited his episode and he'll be on the air, matching George revelation for revelation, hilarity for hilarity, and perception for perception.
Each of the two evenings set several records -- for live audience, with lines snaking around the campus in the hope of gaining admission; for the guest's rapport with the students (each left at midnight when I finally had to tell them and the students, who would gladly have stayed with them all night, that early morning classes were looming); and for graciousness, charm, and warmth, in which they ended in a dead heat.
I really enjoyed Mr. Clooney. He was charming, funny, and surprisingly human. I expected him to have a big head but he really seemed like a nice guy. I love your show.
The brad pitt episode was too edited down, it left out all the truly interesting backstory, even the preview clips were not part of the episode and were more interesting than half the entire show. As a viewer I felt cheated. Terrible job editors! prior seasons had more in depth insight than this brad pitt episode. should have lessened the movie clips and gave more time to the interview itself. no talk of kalifornia, burn after reading, inglorious bastards, even his kids, troy, snatch, interview with the vampire, true romance, working with quentin tarantino or tattoos. whats happened to the show???
Dear Mr Lipton,
Please have the wonderful actress CCH Pounder on your show?
You should also have Kathryn Joosten - WHAT an actress with an amazing backstory about how she got into acting.....
Jeffrey Coombs is an amazing character actor you should profile too - it should not all be about the A list - altho I do enjoy it :)
Kudos and Mazel Tov on such an amazing and fascinating journey into the craft.
Shalom n Gday
I don't like this show because the audience seem like a bunch of spoiled rotten college kids who think they have some relevance in the world. The actors can say literally anything, and the whole place seems like they are in awe of what the actor said. It's pathetic. Any stupid joke, they laugh at like its the funniest joke ever, and anything the actor says is like its the most brilliant thing anyone ever said. so stupid.
Renewing my plea for Bravo to post the full schedule for this program ON ITS WEB SITE. I can't seem to find when each episode will air, and I'm frustrated with having to come across each episode serendipitously.
Why are the episodes not on "On Demand" after their initial airing? I missed so many shows that I would have loved to have seen, especially the Clooney & Pitt shows, and cannot find a way to see them. HELP!
Another wonderful season of my favorite show. My only fervent plea is that every season from 1-18 be made available as boxed sets. Past episodes are impossible to obtain. Please consider making these available to your avid fans.Best interviews ever. Thank you.
Hi Mr. Lipton,
Was wondering ever could have an interview with the legendary Jack Nicholson? Such a great actor!
When is the show Broadcast on Bravo.ca? It used to be on on Sundays at 5 p.m. eastern time but can no longer find it. I miss it terribly!
Perhaps James Lipton can address this question. Who decided that a shaking camera 1-2 second edits, flash edits, and extreem close-ups constantly during a movie or show is remotely comfortable to a viewer. After all the technology invented to steady cam, and get the angle right, who could possible believe that this is what a viewer wants to a good story.
Have you ever considered interviewing Martin Clunes, the British actor (Men Behaving Badly, DocMartin)? He has quite a cult fan following in the U.S. and is a very, very fine actor.