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IN HOLLYWOOD, MONEY TALKS

Peter Fonda is sure of one thing about "Easy Rider," his 1969 antihero classic: If it had the same skimpy budget today, it would be gunned down by Hollywood executives.

The 58-year-old actor said the film, which won Academy Award nominations for Fonda and Jack Nicholson, could be made for $427,000 again.

But he says that would actually keep it from the big screen.

"I could come up with a film and say I could make it for $1.5 million and they'd laugh," Fonda said. "But for $15 or $20 million, they'd sit me down and tell me what the story is."

Fonda, who stars as a dedicated honey maker in the acclaimed "Ulee's Gold," criticized Hollywood's big studios Saturday during the Great Plains Film Festival.

"Unfortunately in Hollywood, the idea has been the deal is more important than the product," he said.

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