Gene Hackman Is All Over the News

A theater stage, a shooting location and a daughter's fateful pronouncement.

In a New York Times Travel piece titled “36 Hours in Pasadena, California,” reference is made to Gene Hackman’s days at the Pasadena Playhouse. In the L.A. Times, the actor’s name comes up in both the headline and text of a photo-feature revisit of a home used as a filming location for All Night Long.

But the best Hackman reference this week belongs to Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. In honor of the 25th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs, Fleming assembled the film’s director Jonathan Demme, literary agent Robert Bookman and screenwriter Ted Tally to reminisce. Hackman initially co-purchased the rights to Thomas Harris’ book and was tentatively on board as either director or director-star, in the role of Hannibal Lecter. Then, this happened:

BOOKMAN: I get a call from [fellow agent] Fred [Spektor] saying, you won’t believe this. Gene Hackman’s daughter read the book. And she called her father and said, ‘Daddy, you’re not making this movie.’ So, Gene called [Orion Pictures executive] Arthur [Krim], told him what happened. Arthur said, ‘Don’t worry Gene, I’ll buy out your half.’ That’s how Orion got the rights.

As if all this wasn’t enough, another outlet is reminding that on this date in 1964, the play Any Wednesday opened at the Music Box theater in New York City. It would establish Hackman as an actor to watch.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Morgan Freeman Misses Working With Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman Details the Spousal Connection