Gene Hackman is an American actor who rose to fame with his performance in the 1967 crime film ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ He also made several appearances in films, such as ‘I Never Sang for My Father’ (1970), ‘The French Connection’ (1971), ‘Superman: The Movie’ (1978), ‘Unforgiven’ (1992), Enemy of the State’ (1998), and The Royal Tenenbaums’ (2001). He has been nominated for five ‘Academy Awards’ and won twice. He has also won four ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ His final performance came in ‘Welcome to Mooseport’ in 2004, after which he retired from acting. Hackman is also a novelist, and has co-written three historical fictions and two other novels. We have curated a few of his quotes on topics such as success, parenthood, acting, character, choices, and values.
My wife and I take what we call our Friday comedy day off. We watch standup comics on TV. The raunchier the better. We love Eddie Izzard.
I write in the morning from about eight till noon, and sometimes again a bit in the afternoon. In the morning I start off by going over what I had done the previous day, which my wife has happily typed up for me.
The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.
You go through stages in your career that you feel very good about yourself. Then you feel awful, like, 'Why didn't I choose something else?' But overall I'm pretty satisfied that I made the right choice when I decided to be an actor.
It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that.
Once, I optioned a novel and tried to do a screenplay on it, which was great fun, but I was too respectful. I was only 100 pages into the novel and I had about 90 pages of movie script going. I realized I had a lot to learn.