Hold on, James Lipton was a pimp?! In Paris, no less?
Just goes to show that a great actor — or great acting teacher — always leaves a surprise in the wings.
In honor of the 250th episode of the long-running Bravo series Inside the Actor’s Studio, James Lipton sat down with Parade magazine’s Dotson Rader on everything from being a Paris pimp to the moment one of his students, Bradley Cooper, finally took the seat next to his and they both broke into tears.
Here’s just a taste:
How did your involvement [in pimping] come about? You became friends with one of the prostitutes in Paris?
“We became great friends. When I ran out of money, I said, ‘I have to go home.’ She said, ‘No, you don’t. I’ll arrange for you.’ So she arranged for me to do it. I had to be okayed by the underworld; otherwise they would’ve found me floating in the Seine.”
Full story at Parade.
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