flyonthewall2983 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:26 pmGene Hackman bowed out at very nearly the same time. I remember him on Larry King promoting a novel he'd just written and announcing his retirement in a rather low-key manner. I remember reading some years later that Tony Scott was trying to cast him in something. All due respect to Connery but that was more of a blow to movies, it wasn't much more than a decade before he won an Oscar for Unforgiven and was doing some of his best work afterwards. Going past some of his more celebrated roles here, but he's brilliant in Crimson Tide, a role that doesn't exactly drip off the page with a lesser actor in that part.
Payne was trying to approach Hackman out of retirement for the Bruce Dern role in Nebraska and Scorsese wrote a five minute cameo for him in Wolf of Wall Street. It's daunting one of our finest actors left the industry but I understand Gene was getting frustrated with the behind the scenes aspect of the job and he was notorious for being a difficult SOB during production of The Royal Tenenbaums. If the retirement meant less generic comedies with Ray Romano more power to Hackman.