James Lipton

James discusses the records 'IAS' is breaking and examines the amazing bond between Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

on Feb 8, 20120

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.

16 comments
Woodsee12
Woodsee12

I love your show, love getting to see a little of the real person. But...I don't get to see them because there's no schedule.....

NewPark
NewPark

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.

Mike ludwig
Mike ludwig

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.

anne saso
anne saso

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!

Henry Voskuilen
Henry Voskuilen

Hi Mr. Lipton,

Was wondering ever could have an interview with the legendary Jack Nicholson? Such a great actor!

Myykuul
Myykuul

Is is overlate to ask Peter O'Toole to pop over and have a chat? Inquiring minds...

Twistof8
Twistof8

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.

Susan in Venice
Susan in Venice

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!

frustrated AGAIN
frustrated AGAIN

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.

mona tieck
mona tieck

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.

Damien Timms Australia
Damien Timms Australia

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

Damien

Toree
Toree

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???

Viewer1979
Viewer1979

both shows were fantastic with two very funny, charming and talented actors

Aloha808
Aloha808

Question: Is there anyone who actually watches this show????

 True blood
True blood

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.

alexander beitashour
alexander beitashour

The show with George Clooney was great. He is truly deserving of the Oscar nomination.