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  • S 19 : Ep 1

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    Aired 9/19/13

  • S 18 : Ep 7

    Tina Fey

    Aired 3/19/13

  • S 17 : Ep 6

    Jennifer Aniston

    Aired 7/11/11

  • S 17 : Ep 5

    The Cast of Modern Family

    Aired 6/7/11

  • S 17 : Ep 4

    Bradley Cooper

    Aired 3/14/11

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  • James Lipton

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  • Samuel L. Jackson

    Himself

  • Steven Spielberg

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  • Robert De Niro

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  • Whoopi Goldberg

    Herself

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  • For nineteen years and more than 242 episodes, James Lipton has sat down with some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors for penetrating, fascinating interviews. Lipton's studious research and enlightened curiosity has inspired his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about the art of acting. The series premiered with Paul Newman, an Actors Studio alumnus and former president (1982-1994). A partial list of featured guests includes Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Jessica Lange, Christopher Walken, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Gary Sinise, Kathy Bates, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, John Hurt, Harrison Ford, Spike Lee, Ed Harris, Ben Affleck, Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Kevin Kline, Gene Hackman, Debra Winger, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant, Richard Gere, Benicio del Toro, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McKellen, Pierce Brosnan, Juliette Binoche, Martin Scorsese, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore, The Cast of The Simpsons, Nicholas Cage and Renee Zellweger, to name a few. Hosted by New York's famed New School For Social Research, each episode is taped before an audience of students at The Actors Studio Drama School. In addition to his duties as the show's executive producer and host, Lipton is also the Dean of the school. The series has been honored with multiple Emmy Award nominations and until it win for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2013.moreless

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    • Gene Wilder: Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do - sing, dance, joke about - then they take that as love.

    • James Lipton: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Johnny Depp: "Wow!"

    • James: What sound or noise do you love, Eric? Eric: My son's giggle. James: What sound or noise do you love, Will? Eric: (as his character, Will) A construction worker's whistle.

    • James: I would like to know your favourite word, Megan. Megan: Synchronicity James: And Karen, you're favourite word? Megan: (In her Karen voice): Money.

    • Rosie: (re Tom Cruise) I'm totally gay. I don't want to have sex with him. I totally love him and want him to mow my yard in a tee shirt and jeans.

    • Rosie's least favorite word is "war".

    • (asked what he hopes to see when he gets to heaven) Michael J. Fox: My father at the bar with two beers, waiting to talk.

    • Michael J. Fox: The ten years since my diagnosis have been the best ten years of my life, and I consider myself a lucky man.

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    • Singers Jim Walton and Liz Calloway, from "Merrily We Roll Along", both appear to sing a few of Sondheim's best works including "Pretty Women" (from "Sweeney Todd"), "Barcelona" (from "Company") and "Send in the Clowns" (from "A Little Night Music").

    • Bradley Cooper, Will on "Alias" and Tom, Grace's TA, in "Jack and Bobby", is shown in the audience at one point.

    • Although the airdate for this episode given by other sources ranges from 17 December 2000 to 16 March 2001, the official website at Bravo TV shows that it first aired on 21 Jan 2001.

    • Although some sources give the airdate for this episode as 10 December 2000, the official Bravo TV website has it not airing until 4 March 2001.

    • According to the official Bravo TV website, this episode did not air until three years later, on 18 October 2004.

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    • According to some sources, this episode did not air until 27 January, but the official Bravo TV website gives the first airdate as 20 January 2002.

    • Other sources give 28 October 2001 as the debut date of this episode, but according to the official Bravo TV website it did not air until 10 February 2002.

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    Trivia (35)

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Refinement - What is your least favorite word? Boorish - What is your favorite curse word? That's a hard one to answer. I mean, I know what I use a lot. Well, I use F**k, I use Motherf****r, whatever, you know. As****e, or something. - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Oh, Medicine, or something. Or Music, or... I've thought of that. - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Well, something that's more... mundane. Anything 9 to 5, probably something like that. - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Well, if Heaven exists, He's got a lot of explaining to do.

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Hi - What is your least favorite word? Smell - What turns you on? Quiet - What turns you off? I think I'm a bit of a justice freak, so injustice of one kind or another - What sound or noise do you love? Hi daddy - What sound or noise do you hate? My own voice when I'm not in control of it - What is your favorite curse word? This goes back to Saroyan, I had this in my head, there's a line in A Time of Your Life where somebody says, "You... Dentist" - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I would like to be able to write and play music - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Politics - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You've tortured yourself enough, there's two hookers and an eight ball inside, come on in

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Dad - What is your least favorite word? It's for you - What turns you on? Laughter - What turns you off? Tension - What sound or noise do you love? The laughter of my family - What sound or noise do you hate? The emptiness of an empty house - What is your favorite curse word? Horses**t, not bulls**t, that is a very different word, horses**t is a very specific thing - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I'd like to be a cartoonist - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? The law - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Ah ah ah, back you go

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Welcome - What is your least favorite word? No - What turns you on? Watching my dogs play - What turns you off? Presumption - What sound or noise do you love? Laughter - What sound or noise do you hate? Horns - What is your favorite curse word? F**k, or Ratba****d - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Politics - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Uhm, I would not like to be a mortician - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Now I can finish

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Kiss - What is your least favorite word? Literally. Unless you are British - What turns you on? Enthusiasm - What turns you off? Cynicism - What sound or noise do you love? The sound of the Pacific Ocean - What sound or noise do you hate? Gossip - What is your favorite curse word? F**k me - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I would have liked to have been a dancer - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? I would not like to be a surgeon - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You showed courage

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Hope, esperanza - What is your least favorite word? No - What turns you on? Life, everything - What turns you off? It's the thing that kind of conspires against, you know, all of our aspirations. They say "Oh it can't be that way", or "for insurance purposes kids can't go", you know, I don't know the word. I hate it so much I don't even know it - What sound or noise do you love? The flute - What sound or noise do you hate? Gasoline leaf blower - What is your favorite curse word? I don't have a favorite curse word. I curse as rarely as possible, and if I curse in front of women I give them a dollar - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? It would be nice to be an architect - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Executioner - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Cloaca, it's a real word. It exists because it's, uh, only certain bugs have it, it's a combination between as***le and vagina Next to that, I think abbondanza is a great word - What is your least favorite word? C**t, least favorite, just because it's so negative. It's one word that would get me kicked out of the house. I once let it fly, and that was it, bye bye - What turns you on? My wife's laugh, it's incredible - What turns you off? Violence towards children - What sound or noise do you love? Prrr (like balloon deflating, or a fart), because it's musical, but it can be anything - What sound or noise do you hate? Screeching of breaks, usually implies something is going to happen - What is your favorite curse word? Favorite because I am a big fan: P***y. That's the opposite of the other word we talked about, it's just so warm. As a friend of mine says, I'm a big fan we all come from there and wanna get back as often as possible. P***y is so sweet, reminds you of a kitty but it's better - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Neurologist or Theoretical Physicist, those are the people I kind of admire - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Bomb tester, that is a rough job. I think it works...Boooom - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? There is seating near the front, the concert begins in five, it will be Mozart, Elvis and one of your choosing. To know that there is laughter, that would be a great thing. Two Jews walk into a bar...

    • The Pivot Questionnaire: - What is your favorite word? Galaxy - What is your least favorite word? Bad - What turns you on? Laughing, laughter and music - What turns you off? Judgment - What sound or noise do you love? I like when my wife is whispering in my ear - What sound or noise do you hate? I don't like call waiting, or cell phone ringing - What is your favorite curse word? F**k me, yeah - What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Archaeologist - What profession other than yours would you not like to attempt? Mathematician - If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? OK, so now you are familiar with the rules and the pitfalls, would you like to try it for real now?

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  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Richard Nadeau Daughter

    By GeraldineReub, Aug 26, 2012

  • Candid and often insightful...

    By sandbur, Apr 27, 2009

  • This show is interesting and exciting. It allows fellow actors to provide information to up and comming actors. Those of the fence about becoming an actor need to know the pitfalls as well as the successes in the business.

    By sharonl75, May 04, 2008

  • James Lipton is fascinating in his approach to some of the most famous actors in our universe. His questions and ability to get the actors to relax is magnificent . He is sheer genius in his approach! Bravo Mr. Lipton you are a shining star!

    By JERININE, Dec 31, 2007

  • This is another one of my favorite shows.

    By georgemarissa, Oct 07, 2007

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