Why I Hate Hollywood
Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Nolte, Roseanne Barr, Jessica Lange, and Paul Newman tell Movieline what they hate the most about Hollywood.
Jamie Lee Curtis
"I grew up in Hollywood, I've always lived here, but now I don't really like it. I feel this urge to get away. A lot. I rank the whole Hollywood party scene second to nuclear war in terms of things I really enjoy being part of."
"There's a lot of reasons why I don't live in Hollywood. First of all, I've always liked having a lot of dogs--when I was living on Holly Drive in Hollywood, I had ten dogs. And I kept getting busted, getting tickets about the dogs. Then, I like building things--if I wake up in the middle of the night and feel like pounding nails, I want to get up and do it, and not have to wait because of some restriction against it."
"As a girl, I was fascinated by Hollywood. But when I began working there I felt some major part of my life was off-kilter. L.A.'s a tricky place--there are a lot of killers there, a lot of people with very little conscience. I'd say 70 percent of the business is delusion."
"I've always felt there were certain unnecessary things about Hollywood: public relations, being seen, going out to nightclubs, having your picture in the newspaper, the whole bit. It just never interested me and I never went along with it. Okay, I did consent, long ago, to that hokey ritual of leaving my footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater. No man can go through life totally pure. But when I'm in the old actor's home and I've been forgotten, I'll always be able to look back and say, 'I was the only person who ever did it barefoot.' "
"These people in Hollywood are chinless folk with car phones. And they just don't like women--they want us to be drag queens. Hollywood is comfortable showing women raped and beaten, but they don't want to show the power of a woman in a family, to show real women's problems. Or to show real women, period."