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Hollywood double-talk

We decode common phrases and tell you what they actually mean

Is everyone in Hollywood skilled at talking a lot and saying very little — or are they saying a lot, just encoding it in oblique phrases designed by crafty publicists to hide the truth? If so, EW has finally cracked the code.

WHAT THEY SAY
Let me be honest.
WHAT THEY MEAN
I am now going to lie.

WHAT THEY SAY
There were creative differences.
WHAT THEY MEAN
After lots of screaming, somebody got fired.

WHAT THEY SAY
A big star would’ve brought too much baggage to the film.
WHAT THEY MEAN
Costner and Gibson were too expensive.

WHAT THEY SAY
Sure, there were routine reshoots.
WHAT THEY MEAN
Test audiences threw stuff at the screen.

WHAT THEY SAY
He shows up on time, he knows his lines, and he’s a total gentleman.
WHAT THEY MEAN
This guy can’t act.

WHAT THEY SAY
It’s a real departure for him.
WHAT THEY MEAN
His other films made money.

WHAT THEY SAY
I’ll do a nude scene when it’s justified within the script.
WHAT THEY MEAN
$12.5 million.

WHAT THEY SAY
The actors get along so well they even hang out off set.
WHAT THEY MEAN
The stars aren’t speaking to each other.

WHAT THEY SAY
They respect each other.
WHAT THEY MEAN
They hate each other’s guts.

WHAT THEY SAY
They respect each other — but that’s as far as it goes.
WHAT THEY MEAN
They’re sleeping together.

WHAT THEY SAY
He’s got a unique vision.
WHAT THEY MEAN
The movie has no plot.

WHAT THEY SAY
The set design is amazing.
WHAT THEY MEAN
The rest of the movie sucks.

WHAT THEY SAY
We always thought it felt more like a fall movie.
WHAT THEY MEAN
The director was way behind schedule.