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Isn’t it nice to know that even someone like James Lipton struggled to pay his bills while living in our fair city? Makes you feel good about spending a small salary to live in your own tiny apartment, no?
In mediabistro.com’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, the host of Inside the Actor’s Studio talked about why he ditched law school for acting and studying under greats like Stella Adler and Harold Clurman of New York’s legendary Group Theatre.
“When I moved out to New York, I was going to go to continue my education in the law. That was always the intention; I was going to be a lawyer. But I had to work as well, you see, and so I looked around me and I saw that the [acting] track was pretty fast. And I thought that if I was going to work in New York as an actor I should study some of that at least. Otherwise, I’d be unemployed and I’d starve to death and terrible things would happen.”
Of course, we all know now that that didn’t happen. Find out which ensemble cast will kick off Inside‘s 18th season and the legendary actor who refused to appear on the show in So What Do You Do, James Lipton?
James Lipton has been interviewing some of the greatest actors in TV, film and theater for his hit Bravo show, Inside the Actor’s Studio. So, how exactly does he get notoriously guarded celebs to not only open up, but to actually end up crying?
For 18 seasons, “If I were to ask you about the turning points in your life, about whatever lead you to wherever you are now, who are the people and what are the moments and the events that shaped you… as a person, you would find the same thing as everybody on the show: that the most painful moments are often the most emotional,” he explained in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview.
“And that’s why we’ve kept the reputation of reducing our guests to tears, but I didn’t expect that. It wasn’t something I had anticipated. Bradley Cooper couldn’t stop crying for the whole time we were on our stage. He was trained by us; he’s a graduate of our school.”
To find out the only actor who refused to be on the show read So What Do You Do, James Lipton?
Over at Nerve.com, contributor Rod Bastanmehr has come up with a fun way to tease the 18th season of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, which debuts later this month. He counts down what he believes to be the five worst episodes in the show’s history.
There’s no doubt that over the years, host James Lipton has anchored countless hours of insightful conversation and provided the inspiration for one of Will Ferrell‘s most enduring SNL recurring bits. But every once in a while, as Bastanmehr so accurately points out, the program goes off the Method rails, usually because the featured guest in no way fits the Stanlislavski bill.
To find out who Bastanmehr thinks was the worst of all time, you’ll have to click through to the article. The only questionable selection on this chronicler’s list, as several comments also note, is Lipton’s 2004 conversation with Charlize Theron. The Oscar winning actress really does not belong alongside the likes of Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence.
Last night Elaine’s shut its doors forever, but luckily Grub Street was there to get some great quotes from some of the regulars, including Gay Talese, Lewis Lapham and James Lipton. Below is a few of their more interesting remarks.
What ends tonight is the life of a restaurant that was in a small space, less than 60 square yards. A place where New York was represented fully. It was like the United Nations of emotion. All the people. I don’t know what’s going to happen to replace it, maybe nothing. That’s what we are marking tonight, not celebrating anything, but marking the end of something. But New York is a city of rebirth, so there is certainly not going to be the end of anything in New York, because everything in New York that you think is dead revives by sunshine.