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Inside the Actors Studio Turns 20: 5 of Our Favorite Interviews

UpdatePosted 08/14/2014 07:45PM

Inside the Actors Studio Turns 20: 5 of Our Favorite Interviews

Originally posted 08/14/2014 04:00PM

The very first episode of Inside the Actors Studio aired Aug. 14, 1994.

Hosted by former brothel worker and Arrested Development star James Lipton, the show has gone on to become a cultural institution, both for Lipton's ah, specific, delivery and persona, and for its watchable, occasionally riveting looks into the craft of acting.

Here are five great moments from the show's 20-year-and-counting run.

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WATCH: Robin Williams's Legendary Appearance on Inside the Actors Studio

Originally posted 08/12/2014 04:15PM

Part of Inside the Actors Studio is a questionnaire in which host James Lipton asks his guest the following question: "If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?"

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Matthew McConaughey Reveals Life-Changing Dallas Buyers Club Moment | Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey Calls Dallas Buyers Club Scene 'A Soul Punch'

Originally posted 02/20/2014 12:10PM

Matthew McConaughey has called his Dallas Buyers Club transformation a physical and spiritual journey. But there was a single moment while playing AIDS activist Ron Woodroof that he says felt like "a soul punch."

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James Lipton Says He Was a Pimp – in Paris – in the '50s | James Lipton

James Lipton Reveals He Worked as a Pimp in Paris

Originally posted 05/28/2013 05:35PM

James Lipton usually doles out the questions on his popular show Inside the Actors Studio – but ask him a few and you may get some unexpected answers.

What was his most unusual job, for instance?

In a new interview, Lipton, 86, reveals that in the 1950s, shortly after the war, he was a pimp in Paris.

"Men couldn't get jobs, and in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn't get work at all," he explained to Parade.com. "It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu."

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George Clooney Plans to Sabotage Brad Pitt's Career | Brad Pitt, George Clooney

George Clooney Plans to Sabotage Brad Pitt's Career with a Prank

Originally posted 01/27/2012 07:25AM

George Clooney is notorious for playing pranks on his costars while filming. But he also has his sights set on his friends – specifically Brad Pitt, who's the frequent butt of his jokes.

"I have done some horrible things to people. Truly, truly horrible," Clooney, 50, admits on the season premiere of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio (Jan. 31, 7 p.m. ET). "I'm working on one right now for Brad Pitt. It might end his career."

"I owe him, so I'm getting him," he added.

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