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Inside the Actor's Studio Interview with Tina Fey's Sarah Palin [Video]

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 22, 2013 at 6:10AM

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is the impersonation that may have brought down a Vice Presidential candidacy and Fey brought it back with gumption on "Inside the Actor's Studio." With a strong background in improv and an exceptional resemblance to the former Alaska Governor, Fey played it perfectly, jumping right into Palin with folksy nonsense and a twinkle in her eye.
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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is the impersonation that may have brought down a Vice Presidential candidacy and Fey brought it back with gumption on "Inside the Actor's Studio." With a strong background in improv and an exceptional resemblance to the former Alaska Governor, Fey played it perfectly, jumping right into Palin with folksy nonsense and a twinkle in her eye. 

The highlights: she referred to James Lipton as Jimmy, proclaimed that if more people owned guns there would be fewer guns in the stores, and said marriage was for people who wore different types of swimsuits. Interesting side note on the Palin/Fey front: it was Lorne Michaels' doorman who tipped him off to the resemblance.  

Lipton is known for asking the actors that he interviews to pose as their most famous character for a round of questions, and Palin was a brilliant choice for Fey. The rest of the interview is also a delight. Fey --who talks about her new movie "Admission" here--discloses her most cherished swear words, gives her opinions on Lean Cuisine and dispenses wisdom. Watch the Palin impression below:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.