Plus, the latest quotes from Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck, ''ER''s Goran Visnjic, and more

By Liane Bonin
October 11, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Ever wonder what celebrities worry about when they’re not attending movie premieres and canoodling in trendy restaurants? has the latest concerns and thoughtful quotes from Hollywood’s long suffering cultural elite.

? ”L.A.’s a weird place. In New York, culture pursues you. You can’t walk more than three feet without seeing an ad for the new Broadway play or running smack into a gallery. Here you really have to pursue it. If I want to go see a museum exhibit, I think, I gotta park, I gotta drive, it’s hot, and they’re only open until five. They don’t make it easy to learn here. Like, the Hollywood library is nice, but I see more homeless people there than people who just want to get books. But the homeless people are reading, so I don’t know if that’s good or bad.” — Minnesota raised RACHAEL LEIGH COOK, who’s starring in ”Get Carter” and ”Texas Rangers” (due next year), on Hollywood’s culture free zone

? ”Making my English better is a hard job, a slow job. But it’s getting better. Three years ago it would have taken me a half hour to say this sentence.” — ”ER” star — and English as a second language student — GORAN VISNJIC, on working through his Croatian accent

? ”I don’t want ‘color neutral’ parts. I mean, I’m a black man. I bring whoever I am to whatever I do. I don’t want any neutral part — I want color in my life.” — DENZEL WASHINGTON, who stars in ”Remember the Titans” as a real life Virginia coach who put racial unity into action on the football field

? ”This series should be an exploration of the creative process. The reason why it should be interesting is not because it’s like watching pygmy lesbians fight over one another on ‘Jerry Springer.’ We sold this before ‘Survivor’ and all that other bullshit. Not that we won’t accept Richard Hatch’s screenplay.” — BEN AFFLECK on why ”Greenlight,” the behind the scenes moviemaking series he’s coproducing with Matt Damon, won’t be trash TV

? ”I read a review years ago about ‘Flashdance,’ and a journalist called it a toxic waste dump. Then 10 years later, he reviewed it and said he really missed the point — he said it was a sweet movie, a fairy tale. You know, ‘Top Gun’ wasn’t reviewed well, and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ was not reviewed well, and they have become classic films. History will tell what my career really is.” — Producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER, whose last three movies (”Remember the Titans,” ”Coyote Ugly,” and ”Gone in 60 Seconds”) have so far grossed more than $200 million — while earning mediocre to savage reviews

? ”It’s not like we were enemies, but we weren’t exactly tight on the set. But part of that was because Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina were getting their swerve on. So, you know, good for them!” — ”Bring It On” star JESSE BRADFORD on why he never became close chums with his ”Hackers” costar Angelina Jolie, who was once married to Miller