谁说访问者一定比受访者来得逊色？一场精采的对谈，大方且能言善道的来宾固然是重要关键，但是访问者也绝对不能落於被动、单调、甚至搞不清楚状况。访问者在访谈当中，要态度充满热忱，而且在受访者冒出出其不意的谈话内容时，要能够立刻掌握情势。也因此，高明的主持人必须在事前做足功课。詹姆斯．利普敦（James Lipton）在其主持的知名访谈节目《在演员工作室里》（Inside the Actors Studio）时，总是会準备厚厚一迭的蓝色卡片，上头密密麻麻地记著他的问题，而每一个问题彼此间又有系统地环环相扣。当来宾畅言他们的生涯与心路历程时，利普敦总是能够对於突如其来的话锋见招拆招，使得访谈在不脱序的情况下顺利进行，同时引导来宾敞开他们内心那个不为人知的世界。
[Actors Studio 演员工作室]
1947年，由伊力.卡山、劳勃.路易斯和雪莉.史劳复在纽约成立的职业演员训练场所。曾对1950年代的美国戏剧和电影产生相当大的影响。著名演员如：马龙.白兰度(Marlon Brando), 阿尔·帕西诺(Al Pacino),罗伯特·德·尼罗(Robert De Niro)和已故的保罗·纽曼(Paul Newman)、玛丽莲·梦露(Marilyn Monroe)等均出於此。
Inside the Actors Studio is a series on the Bravo cable television channel, hosted by James Lipton. It is produced and directed by Jeff Wurtz; the executive producer is James Lipton. The program, which premiered in 1994, is distributed by CABLEready and is broadcast in 125 countries around the world. It is currently taped at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University's New York City campus.
The program began as a televised craft seminar for students of the Actors Studio Drama School, originally a joint venture of the Actors Studio and New School University. It was taped at the New School's Tishman Auditorium in New York City.
In May 2005, the contract between the Actors Studio and New School University was not renewed. Beginning with the twelfth season, in the fall of 2005, the program has been taped at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University's New York City campus. The show now has a new set with a gritty backstage feel, designed by Will Rothfuss for Blair Broadcast Designs, and The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University has re-opened in new facilities.
James Lipton with guest Angelina Jolie. The majority of the show is held as a one-on-one interview.
Since its premiere, Inside the Actors Studio has had over 200 guests. Of those guests, there have been 74 Academy Award winners: 8 directors; four screenwriters; 61 actors and actresses; and two musicians. For its 200th show, James Lipton became the guest subject of the show. He was questioned by Dave Chappelle whom James picked personally. The show ended with Pace University provost announcing that the college is sponsoring a scholorship in Chapelle's name to his high school alma mater.
While most of the show is a one-on-one interview conducted by Lipton, this is followed by the host submitting a questionnaire to the guest. The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot, after the Proust Questionnaire. The ten questions Lipton asks are:
1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is your least favorite word?
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
5. What sound or noise do you love?
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
7. What is your favorite curse word?
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
9. What profession would you not like to do?
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
The program usually concludes with a question-and-answer session with the students.
In France, the show has been broadcast since 1999 on Paris Première.
Kevin Spacey performs an amazing impersonations of many famous actors
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