Power Lawyers 2011
At 77, Hirsch is still actively repping A-listers including Julia Roberts, Sean Penn and Jeff Bridges. It's a far cry from learning the ropes working on challenging productions like Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which survived everything from treacherous Philippines weather to Martin Sheen having a breakdown. "That was like being breast-fed," Hirsch says of the learning process. These days, Hollywood is tough for another reason. "First-dollar gross deals are a thing of the past, with studios going to cash-break pools," says the famously tough negotiator, warning that new digital platforms will only pay off for those with gross deals.
ESCAPE Hirsch is spending more time on the big island of Hawaii with Carol, his wife of 49 years. He says his golf game is better now than when he was 55.