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Power in Hollywood Means...

Ron Howard, Helen Hunt, and other big names define power in the entertainment world

RON HOWARD:
”Being very difficult to say no to.”

DICK WOLF (Law & Order executive producer):
”The ability to say yes. The bigger the yes, the better the parking.”

RENNY HARLIN:
”When you wake up in the morning and you don’t have to be afraid of anybody.”

SHANE BLACK (The Long Kiss Goodnight producer-screenwriter):
”Subtracting fear from the equation.”

JON LOVITZ:
”It’s when you can walk into a big meeting and you don’t have to shower.”

AARON SPELLING:
”I don’t know if I’m powerful; I only weigh 132 pounds.”

HELEN HUNT:
”Never having to say you’re sorry.”

JENNIE GARTH:
”Power is about who has the most money, and any idiot can have a lot of money. Any idiot can be powerful — that’s Hollywood.”

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS:
”Being lazy. Living on your land with your sheep and working just a few months at a time.”

NEIL JORDAN (Michael Collins director):
”Getting the Bible made if you wanted to.”

JOHNATHON SCHAECH (That Thing You Do!):
”Bench-pressing 365 pounds.”

LAURA INNES (ER):
”Power in Hollywood is… intelligence combined with ego [and] having big boobs.”

DAVID HYDE PIERCE:
”Getting to leave sentences unfinished.”

COOLIO:
”I don’t know, because I’m not powerful in Hollywood yet. I do have flexibility now. Maybe that’s what you call power — flexibility.”

BARRY LEVINSON:
”Those people in corporate places. The rest of us are just worker bees.”

PIERCE BROSNAN:
”I don’t know; I’m not powerful in Hollywood.” Lines

ELLEN DEGENERES:
”Getting into a restaurant, even when it’s completely booked. Because when you’re hungry, nothing else really matters.”

FAYE DUNAWAY:
”Not going with conventional wisdom.”

MIKE MEDAVOY (Phoenix Pictures chairman, CEO):
”That you’re about as temporary as 15 minutes of Andy Warhol’s fame.”

WILLIAM BALDWIN:
”The most powerful actor in Hollywood isn’t as powerful as the studio executive, who always holds the cards, choosing whether it’s Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, or Harrison Ford.”

ROSIE O’DONNELL:
”The freedom to do what you like.”

SHERRY LANSING (Paramount Motion Picture Group chairman):
”Talent is the real power.”

DARIUS RUCKER (Hootie & the Blowfish):
”It means more than I can deal with right now, that’s what it means.”

SHARON STONE:
”It doesn’t mean anything unless you use that power to create something good and valid in the world, Hollywood, or anywhere.”

SAMUEL L. JACKSON:
”Being able to say no. Sure, I’ve been able to say that. Sometimes I have to.”

GILLIAN ANDERSON (The X-Files):
”What it does mean is to have a name and money, and what it should mean is to be creative and honest and a risk taker.”

GREG KINNEAR:
”Power in Hollywood is Ted Turner, I guess.”

NORM MACDONALD (SNL):
”That instead of the regular crack whores, you get to hire the high-priced crack whores.”