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If I were the most powerful person in Hollywood I would ...

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”Do what I’ve always dreamed about doing, which is try to make movies like A Room With a View. Those are the movies that bring literature to life.”
— MARTHA STEWART

”Give everybody a day off.”
— ANTHONY EDWARDS

”Make hip-hop, but no rap. Rap is negative on society. Hip-hop is more about enjoying the beat and the rhythm.”
— CARMEN ELECTRA

”Try to make movies that are life-affirming … visceral … and touch the heart and the mind. I’d say, ‘We’re going to lose billions of dollars, but we’re going to create art.”’
— KEVIN KLINE

”Make more films that educate.”
— MARIAH CAREY

”Make more movies like The Full Monty.”
— AUTHOR NICK PILEGGI

”Give every actor that wasn’t working a part, because they all deserve a chance.”
— JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT

”Get rid of all of the small dogs, the ones smaller than a cat. I’d get rid of them right away.”
— DIRECTOR WES CRAVEN

”Give up my weekend shifts at Del Taco.”
— BILL MAHER

”Put five more Wayans in show business. Talent wouldn’t be a prerequisite. All you’d have to do is be named Wayans.”
— KEENEN IVORY WAYANS

”Start over.”
— KIM BASINGER

”I’d make live-action musicals. It’s become a lost art.”
— JASON ALEXANDER

”Probably hand it over to someone else. I don’t really want the stress.”
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL‘S SIMON BAKER-DENNY

”Sit and think about it. That’s probably the first thing I’d do.”
— JANET JACKSON

”Give directors complete creative control.”
— MONEY TALKS DIRECTOR BRETT RATNER

”Drop on my knees and pray and thank God.”
— ERIQ LASALLE

”Turn the clock back to 1934 and return to the studio system where the only thing really important would be the stories we’d be meagerly paid to tell.”
— STEVEN SPIELBERG

”Give women over 40 more roles. I’d make sure there was the female equivalent of Sean Connery.”
— TRACEY ULLMAN

”Invert salaries so that teachers would make what actors do.”
— ASHLEY JUDD

”Start an apprenticeship program so that young filmmakers would have mentors instead of being thrown to the sharks the way they are now.”
— PRODUCER LAWRENCE BENDER

”I’m not the most powerful person in Hollywood?”
— CONAN O’BRIEN

”Get a date with Sarah Michelle Gellar.”
SLIDERS‘ JERRY O’CONNELL

”Sign the most ethnically diverse projects I could find.”
— SINBAD

”With apologies to Julia Roberts [in My Best Friend’s Wedding], I would ban smoking in movies.”
— JANE PAULEY

”Make reservations at all the restaurants in town to see what table they put me at.”
— JON FAVREAU

‘If I ruled the world … ‘ This is like a Miss America question. I would want everyone to get along, and there would be no more violent films, only comedies and heartwarming dramas.”
— NATHAN LANE

”Discourage gratuitous violence, except by Will Smith. He can do anything he wants.”
— FRAN DRESCHER

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