This is probably the biggest "what!? " we're going to see all day, so brace yourselves: Inside the Actors Studio host and Dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, James Lipton, admitted during an new interview with Parade.com that he used to a pimp in Paris during the '50s.
Say it with us now: What?!
The excerpt, if you still think we're playing some ridiculously late April Fool's day trick on you all:
Is it true you were a pimp in Paris in the 1950s?
“I was. It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu.”
“Young women desperately needed money for various reasons. They were beautiful and young and extraordinary. There was no opprobrium because it was completely regulated. Every week they had to be inspected medically. The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days before the sheriff of Paris, a woman, closed them down. It was a different time.”
How did your involvement 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.”
Did you represent more than one girl?
“Yes, a whole bordello. I represented them all, but her especially. I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”
Do you think people should buy sex?
“I really don’t. I think if you can’t earn it on your own, then you don’t deserve it.”
Well, there it is. Pretty straight-forward - James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio, was once a friendly, neighborhood pimp. How's that for a plot twist?
[via Huffington Post]