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Cathie from Canada

Yes, I know what you mean.
Sometimes we're happier if we just watch the Wizard and don't look behind the curtain.
Here's another example -- I always liked Denzel Washington as an actor and I was particularly sympathetic to him after I read about how John Grisham objected to him being cast in the Pelican Brief because he was black.
Then a few weeks ago I read an account of another actor who worked with Washington recently in a movie, and said Washington was absolutely terrible to work with -- egotistical, insulting, mecurial, all around a-hole. So now I will have a difficult time watching him in a movie without wondering whether he really is a jerk in reality.
There's a TV show called Inside the Actor's Studio which can be eye-opening, usually in a good way -- the host (whose name I cannot recall at the moment) talks to actors about their work and they also take questions from an auditorium full of drama students. I don't know how the host does it, but he is so good about presenting what they do in a positive light that I often end up being more impressed with the actor or actress than I had been before watching the show.


There's a TV show called Inside the Actor's Studio which can be eye-opening, usually in a good way -- the host (whose name I cannot recall at the moment) talks to actors about their work and they also take questions from an auditorium full of drama students.

James Lipton.

Not to disagree with you, Cathie, but most actors I know and that includes some who have been on the show, think Lipton is the biggest asshole in the history of TV. I watched a few episodes and can tell you as an actor that he asks the most inane and idiotic questions.

Yes, it would be inside baseball if he asked the questions I'd want him to ask, but "What's your favorite word?"

Good grief.

Also, Denzel Washington as an actor has become better to watch as he's aged. If this means he's become a jerk, then I applaud his jerkitude. It shouldn't matter what he's like offscreen if he delivers onscreen and believe me, some of the greatest actors onscreen were annihilatory assholes off.

Washington is one of the few actors I'd pay good money to see in a starring role, and one only needs to watch the recent "Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3" to compare his performance to John Travolta's to have a fair comparison of talent and ability of two actors at the equivalent "level" as determined by the general public.


LOL Kathy Griffin described Lipton as one of those personal space-invading close talkers and that she found him to be very "To Catch a Predator". :D

Wish I had the exact words, the way she put it was of her defter takedowns.


Pop Mannion is a big fan of Inside the Actor's Studio. What actors think people should know about the process is bound to be a lot different from what civilians want to know. The guests on the show should be glad if Lipton helps them from coming across as self-involved jerks and keeps them focused on talking about the work. The writer who's the subject of this post could have used a Lipton, even at the price of suffering his close-talking.


There's the obverse story, too. I just met one of my favorite writers in the flesh, a gay Latino detective novelist named Michael Nava, and he turned out to be exactly who I thought he was going to be from his writing, and it was wonderful.

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