If you aren't sick of them already, the Actor's Studio sheds light on the growing pains of many of the most successful talents in Hollywood. I've always remembered that the most acclaimed actors are not necessarily the most talented, but perhaps the most fortunate. The right place, right time, where they were given the opportunity to catapult themselves into fame.
Would you say that Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Maria Bello, Christina Ricci, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, John Malkovich, Angela Bassett, Richard E. Grant, Robert Downy Jr., Catherine Keener, Edward Norton, Toni Collette, or Paul Giamatti... aren't GREAT actors simply because they manage to seamlessly melt into their characters and are often overlooked during the Oscars? Even then.. they are still well known. Many cities have a number of phenomenal talents that perform on stage, working tirelessly on their craft... never to have their mugs plastered on cheap tabloid rags or selling cosmetics on a billboard.
The most entertaining... or ... insightful (additional parts will be shown on the link)
Simpsons cast (maybe the funniest) part 1
Kevin Spacey part 1
Tom Hanks part 1
Johnny Depp part 1
Jodie Foster part 1
Meryl Streep part 1
Hugh Laurie part 1
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward part 1
Conan O'Brien part 1
Ricky Gervais part 1
Steven Spielberg (on of the hardest to find and one of the longest interviews 4 hours... clip)
Who I wish they had on their show? More directors and especially screenwriters.. but then again.. it wouldn't be the actors studio then.
Tim Burton, Ang Lee, Ian Holm, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson (diary during filming... hilarious), Daniel Day Lewis, Jon Stewart, Tom Stoppard, Alan Rickman...
Still hunting for (since they have interviewed them) William Goldman, Norman Jewison, Arthur Miller, Sydney Pollack on youtube.
Lipton's classic questions, based on Bernard Pivot after the Proust Questionairre:
- What is your favorite word?
- What is your least favorite word?
- What turns you on?
- What turns you off?
- What sound or noise do you love?
- What sound or noise do you hate?
- What is your favorite curse word?
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do?
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?