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“I’ve been around long enough to know that … if I’m going to have a productive conservation with you about something, I’m not going to start off by punching you in the nose,” he said.

“It would be ridiculous for me to be here and not mention them (Hollywood’s concerns). It would be just as ridiculous for me to get up at the Shanghai Film Festival and use it as a forum to raise my voice loudly about them,” he said.

Dodd added that he was optimistic that China will increase access _ although not necessarily on Hollywood’s timetable _ because providing quality entertainment helps its leaders maintain stability and doing so isn’t politically risky.

“It’s a way to provide something for people. Why am I going to shut down that? I may have other issues I’m going to have to be a little more conservative about, but this is one where I don’t have to be,” he said.