James Lipton used to be a pimp – literally


James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor’s Studio, spent his early years working as a pimp in Paris. James has interviewed the top actors of our time for the past 13 years and is revealing the details of his life in a new book. ABC News reports:

“This was when I was very very young, living in Paris, penniless, unable to get any kind of working permit… I had a friend who worked in what is called the Milieu, which is that world and she suggested to me one night, `Look, you’ll be my mec… We would translate it perhaps… as pimp. We were earning our living together, this young woman and I, we made a rather good living, I must say.”

James also set up sex shows in hotel rooms for American tourists:

“I had to accompany my clientelle to the Rue Pigalle, which is where these things occurred. And then I’d take them up to the room and I had to remain there because they were very nervous, they were young Americans for the most part… and they didn’t speak French.”

James Lipton and I are a lot alike if you think about it. We’re just two pioneers trying to help others look at girl’s sexy parts. I mean, sure that’s our only similarity because I’ve never been to France. And maybe I’m not the dean of a distinguished acting school. Also I’ve never interviewed Al Pacino or Harrison Ford. Okay, maybe I’m just a guy in his boxers surrounded by whiskey bottles and Legos. But, if that’s not exactly like James Lipton, then clearly I have no idea who the hell he is. He was in Star Wars, right?

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