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Could Gene Hackman come out of retirement for Alexander Payne's next movie?

10.12.2011

It's always sad when an actor retires and you know they've still got something left in the tank. It's especially sad when an actor retires and their last movie was WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT. Such is the case with Gene Hackman, the actor who retired after that horrendous 2004 Ray Romano comedy and has been content to do Lowe's commercials and going to Jacksonville Jaguars games ever since. Directors Clint Eastwood and Tony Scott have tried to convince Hackman to return to acting to no avail, but could Alexander Payne succeed where they have failed?

Payne is prepping his next film, NEBRASKA, at Paramount and as part of a larger debate with the studio about budget and the aesthetic of the film (Payne wants to shoot in black and white), the studio is insisting on an A-list name for the lead role. Both Payne and Paramount have one name at the top of their list: Gene Hackman.

Of course, they're also looking at Robert Duvall or Jack Nicholson in the unfortunately likely event that Hackman passes, but I've got to think that Hackman wants one last shot to go out on top. And with Payne, who could very well have directed George Clooney to another Oscar in THE DESCENDANTS, it could convince Hackman to return to Hollywood.

Admittedly, it's still very much a longshot, but the thought of Hackman returning is too good to turn a blind eye to. And once he's out of the way, we can figure out how to drag Sean Connery kicking and screaming back to movies.

Source: Vulture

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5:19PM on 10/13/2011
Holy sH*t. I skimmed that headline real fast and thought it said "Could Gene Hackman come out of retirement for Max Payne's next movie?"
I thank that may have given me diarrhea.
Holy sH*t. I skimmed that headline real fast and thought it said "Could Gene Hackman come out of retirement for Max Payne's next movie?"
I thank that may have given me diarrhea.
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8:31PM on 10/12/2011
too great to retire.
too great to retire.
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8:25PM on 10/12/2011

Please, Gene!

I just watched THE CONVERSATION for the first time over the Spanish Rapist and Bastard Holiday Weekend, and I cannot be more saddened that this acting juggernaut is sitting on a couch somewhere! Please, Gene, come home to us. One more for the Gipper!
I just watched THE CONVERSATION for the first time over the Spanish Rapist and Bastard Holiday Weekend, and I cannot be more saddened that this acting juggernaut is sitting on a couch somewhere! Please, Gene, come home to us. One more for the Gipper!
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5:30PM on 10/12/2011
Hackman is a great and somewhat underated actor, particularly in the years since he's retired. I think Payne's film would be close in tone to Tanenbaums, which was one of his best performances. He was always a great comic actor, and can obviously bring the drama, so I can't help but feel this is a perfect match.
Hackman is a great and somewhat underated actor, particularly in the years since he's retired. I think Payne's film would be close in tone to Tanenbaums, which was one of his best performances. He was always a great comic actor, and can obviously bring the drama, so I can't help but feel this is a perfect match.
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4:16PM on 10/12/2011

Lana Turner

Or Connery? Remember him straightening out Johnny Stompanato!
Or Connery? Remember him straightening out Johnny Stompanato!
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1:41PM on 10/12/2011
I hope he returns! I always felt like he had plenty of gas left in the tank...
I hope he returns! I always felt like he had plenty of gas left in the tank...
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1:12PM on 10/12/2011

I hope it happens

Hackman is one of the all-time greats.
Hackman is one of the all-time greats.
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12:53PM on 10/12/2011
I've been waiting for Hackman and Sean Connery to come out of retirement for a couple of worthy projects to conclude their careers properly. I hope it's true.
I've been waiting for Hackman and Sean Connery to come out of retirement for a couple of worthy projects to conclude their careers properly. I hope it's true.
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11:57AM on 10/12/2011

I didn't even realize he had retired.

I did notice I hadn't seen him in awhile.
I did notice I hadn't seen him in awhile.
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11:48AM on 10/12/2011
Hackman should have walked after The The Royal Tenenbaums, now he's got to take this role to wash away the sins of making those other crappy or not worthy movies.
Hackman should have walked after The The Royal Tenenbaums, now he's got to take this role to wash away the sins of making those other crappy or not worthy movies.
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11:20AM on 10/12/2011
Oy...just the fact that he walked away after a travesty like Mooseport is enough to make me hope he's blackmailed or otherwise somehow coerced into one last quality film role.
Oy...just the fact that he walked away after a travesty like Mooseport is enough to make me hope he's blackmailed or otherwise somehow coerced into one last quality film role.
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10:13AM on 10/12/2011
Payne's style would be a perfect fit if Hackman could be swayed. I read a couple of years ago how Hackman didn't just want to be relegated to grandpa roles, which would inevitably happen in Hollywood. But then I look at Christopher Plummer, who has done some of his finest work in the last ten years. Anyway, fingers crossed.
Payne's style would be a perfect fit if Hackman could be swayed. I read a couple of years ago how Hackman didn't just want to be relegated to grandpa roles, which would inevitably happen in Hollywood. But then I look at Christopher Plummer, who has done some of his finest work in the last ten years. Anyway, fingers crossed.
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10:01AM on 10/12/2011
This would be way too perfect to actually happen. If all falls into place and the movie is made as Payne wants it and with Hackman in the role, then, well, that would be something to reaffirm the faith in even the most jaded of movie fans.
This would be way too perfect to actually happen. If all falls into place and the movie is made as Payne wants it and with Hackman in the role, then, well, that would be something to reaffirm the faith in even the most jaded of movie fans.
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