Is Gene Hackman done with movies?

It's been five years since a Gene Hackman movie came out. That would be the lame political comedy called Welcome To Mooseport in 2004. Hackman, of course, was a welcome respite from the rest of the movie. But since then, nothing. What to make of this? Hackman hasn't officially sworn off movies through his agent or a press release. Could it be the dearth of good movie projects or just plain old tiredness? He is almost 80.

The last Hackman mentioned anything about retirement was here:

...although he has never announced his retirement - he couldn't bring himself to return to Hollywood and play "grandfathers".

Hackman says, "I guess you could call it retired. I haven't worked for four years now. And I don't miss the business. I miss the process of being on-set with actors when things get cooking. But there's so much crapola (crap) in order to get there. It's just too painful."

What does that mean? I guess you could call it retired? We hope the man has one last movie in him. As much as likes to disappear into the ether of New Mexico where he resides, we like to see the old curmudgeon blow up the screen in one last fiery role.


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