Thirty-five percent of Americans think the most difficult job in Hollywood belongs to the assistant. The stereotype of the mercurial star or producer heaping abuse on the lowly assistant runs strong. Next up is the director with 22 percent, half pitied for having to put up with temperamental actors and meddling producers and half admired for taking on the daunting overall responsibility for the movie. Don't forget the beleaguered writer 21 percent who often must endure their share of abuse, crazy hours and numerous rewrites and revisions in service of their art. Actors eight percent and publicists six percent get less sympathy for their job descriptions.