NY Daily News: “Former U.S. Open ball boy makes great Bollywood lead in ‘When Harry Tries to Marry'”

Two years ago, Rahul Rai was working as a U.S. Open ball boy (three years running!) and dancing with the Bollywood Performance Arts school. Fate served him the opportunity of a lifetime, however, after director Nayan Padrai saw the troupe perform and cast the Pace student as the lead in his new movie “When Harry Tries to Marry.”

 “I don’t know what he {Director Nayan Padrai} saw … but the ball started to roll,” says Rahul Rai, 20, who had no acting experience beyond a couple of commercials he’d done as a kid. “I was just in the right place at the right time, and it changed my whole plan.”

Perhaps Padrai recognized the striking similarities between Rai and his character, Harry, a Indian-American college student scarred by his parents’ divorce who opts for an arranged marriage instead of dating in New York City.  Naturally, things get complicated when he starts falling for one of his longtime friends, and ­hilarity ensues.

“He’s very structured,” explains Rai. “He has this rule book in his mind that he always has to follow, and if anything deviates from that rule book, he freaks out.”

The Pace sophomore shares that methodical mentality. He’s majoring in math, with minors in acting and physics (“I’m a little crazy,” he admits) just in case the whole movie star dream falls through.

Click here to read more as to how Rai juggles his budding acting career and schoolwork …  and learn if he has found Ms. Right as yet.

The Washington Post (2): “Bradley Cooper of THE HANGOVER plays leading man in LIMITLESS” AND “Bradley Cooper gets weepy on Monday episode of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO”

“He’s going to continue to rise. He’s an amazing actor,” says James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where Bradley Cooper earned his MFA. Lipton also happens to be host of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” which will feature Cooper in an emotional appearance Monday – the alumnus gets verklempt several times within the first 15 minutes alone – that marks the first time a graduate has become a guest on the show.

“He has already risen to the top fraction of a percent of American actors, and I don’t think there’s any way, short of turning into Charlie Sheen and self-destructing, that he will not continue to progress,” Lipton says.

It has taken Bradley Cooper, a 2000 graduate of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA program, almost a decade to finally star as an overnight success.

Following years of playing supporting roles in TV shows like “Alias” and movies like “Wedding Crashers,” Cooper’s moment has arrived.  After his box-office success in “The Hangover,” Hollywood doors opened wide … including those which led to the psychological thriller, “Limitless.”   The flood of publicity about the movie opening Friday, March 18 includes two articles  in The Washington Post by Jen Charney appearing two days apart – Saturday, March 12 and Monday, March 14.

Access Hollywood: “Bradley Cooper Discusses Return To His Actors Studio Roots”

Bradley Cooper has enjoyed virtually “Limitless” success in his fast-ascending career as a Hollywood leading man and he credits his accomplishments to his training at The Actors Studio Drama School with Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

Catch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM. Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton is asked by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Bradley Cooper is that graduate-–a member of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000.  James Lipton was his dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. 

Read today’s New York Times to learn why you shouldn’t “Take This Hunk At Face Value.”  Watch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM.  Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening. See Bradley’s emotional return to his alma mater when his episode of “Inside The Actors Studio” airs on Monday, March 14 at 7 PM on Bravo.  Also, catch Bradley starring alongside Robert De Niro in “Limitless” when it hits theaters on March 18.

MTV – “The Truth Behind James Franco’s ‘Inside The Actors Studio’ Frenzy”

Did James Franco really cause a near-riot recently during a taping of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio”?

Reports suggested hundreds showed up for the taping but were rejected and that girls in the audience were so loud host James Lipton had to stop the interview and ask for quiet.

“The report was accurate. It was bedlam,” said Lipton. “But it said I stopped the show and told the audience to behave. Like hell I did! I was the happiest person in the house. We had a great time together.”

Lipton told us that in the nearly two decades since he’s been conducting his “Actors Studio” interviews, he’d never witnessed such a commotion. That becomes even more impressive when you consider how many Hollywood celebs Lipton has hosted — everyone from Johnny Depp to Daniel Radcliffe.

Days after Franco’s appearance on the show, news broke that the 32-year-old actor had been tapped to host the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. After getting to know Franco during their lengthy interview, Lipton is certain he’ll do great.

“It’s a slam dunk,” he said. “He’s very clever. He’s got four master’s degrees, and he just signed up for his Ph.D. at Yale. He’s very funny.”

‘It was bedlam,’ host James Lipton confirms to MTV News –

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1653364/20101201/story.jhtml and

Highlights of the evening included Franco discussing his most memorable roles: 

Aron Ralston in 127 Hours – http://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/videos/james-franco-127-hours

Saul Silver in Pineapple Expresshttp://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/videos/james-franco-pineapple-express

Scott Smith in Milkhttp://www.bravotv.com/inside-the-actors-studio/videos/james-franco-milk