It’s understandable why Gene Hackman doesn’t want to do big screen movies anymore. His last movie he did was “Welcome to Mooseport” way back in 2004 then he retired from acting for good after that. Gene has been in too many hit films over the years of his career that he got so rich out of it. He don’t need to work in Hollywood anymore as he has nothing left to prove. Retirement well-deserved, I say!
Anyway, Gene is one actor that is a favorite of mine and one actor that I have the utmost respect for. In his career over the years, Gene has played in films through every genre pretty much. He has done everything from action movies to drama to comedies to thrillers… except the only genre that he stayed away from was “horror”. Well, he had a role in the film “Young Frankenstein” so I guess that counts as a horror film.
He’s been in so many good movies. While he’s mostly famous as Lex Luthor in the Superman series w/ Christopher Reeve and he’s famous for “Unforgiven” w/ Eastwood, he’s in other good roles. Movies such as “Bonnie & Clyde”, “The Conversation”, “Crimson Tide”, “The French Connection I + II”, “Hoosiers”, “Behind Enemy Lines”, “Enemy of the State”, “Wyatt Earp”, “The Quick and the Dead”, etc. He has also been in two movies with Clint Eastwood: “Unforgiven” and “Absolute Power”.
He had a great career and like I said, he has nothing left to prove. I’m sure he still got it with the acting talent, he just don’t want to do it anymore.
I grew up throughout my entire life watching Gene Hackman movies and I’m sure the rest of you did too.
Happy birthday Gene and hope he’s doing well where ever he is.