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One of Will Ferrell’s most well-known and beloved routines from his stint on Saturday Night Live was his parody of James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio.
Lipton told CNN in 2012 that he got a kick out of Ferrell’s over-the-top take on his personality and interview delivery.
“I love it, I love it,” he said. “It’s flattering.”
Lipton said the two had actually become friends, and Ferrell had dropped by Inside the Actors Studio and he, in turn, had appeared in Ferrell’s 2005 film Bewitched.
“We’re good friends — and I think he’s got me cold, the rat,” Lipton said.
During the same CNN interview, Lipton was asked one of the classic Actors Studio questions he asks his quests: “What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?” Lipton responded, “You see, Jim? You were wrong. I exist. But, you may come in, anyway.”
Watch the full 2012 interview below.
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