January 23, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

”[Ellen DeGeneres and I] are like any other couple. If I’m going to an event, I want my partner to be there as anybody else would…. I haven’t heard any gasps since our first public appearance at the Volcano premiere. It’s going to be cool when people stop going, ‘Ooh, do they have to hold hands?’ and start going, ‘Wow, they’re still holding hands. Isn’t that the coolest thing?”’ — Wag the Dog’s ANNE HECHE on E! Online

”I don’t think people have a problem with our holding hands or being affectionate. I really don’t…. What really bothered us is that some people would take it to an extreme. They spread rumors that we kissed in front of the President when we met him. We never did. We never once kissed in front of the President. It drove me crazy to see that people would take something sweet and loving and blow it out of proportion.” — Ellen’s ELLEN DEGENERES on E! Online

”I told Quentin when we did Pulp Fiction that he was going to offend people when he said ‘dead nigger stories,’ because there’s something about saying ‘nigger,’ as opposed to ‘niggeh,’ that’s like fingernails on a blackboard. It becomes an epithet when you put the ‘er’ on it, but with ‘eh’ it can be a term of endearment, a descriptive, it can be all kinds of things.” — Jackie Brown’s SAMUEL L. JACKSON on RoughCut Online

”Making special-effects movies, in general, isn’t something that [I’d] consider fun. It’s hard work. There’s stunts, and when you’re working with special effects, there’s lots and lots of hours of sitting around. The real fun is going to the premiere and sitting with the audience and watching if people like it.” — WILL SMITH on America Online

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