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Gene Hackman quotes

The worst job I ever had was working nights in the Chrysler Building. I was part of a team of about five guys, and we polished the leather furniture.

I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press.

If I start to become a star, I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best.

Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.

The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.

If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being.

I went in the Marines when I was 16. I spent four and a half years in the Marines and then came right to New York to be an actor. And then seven years later, I got my first job.

Hollywood loves to typecast, and I guess they saw me as a violent guy.

I do not like assassins, or men of low character.

I don't like to talk about myself that much.

I don't see myself as a violent guy.

I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.

I left home when I was 16 because I was looking for adventure.

I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.

I'm not a sentimental guy.

My early days in Broadway were all comedies. I never did a straight play on Broadway.

My wife and I take what we call our Friday comedy day off. We watch standup comics on TV. The raunchier the better. We love Eddie Izzard.

Things parents say to children are oftentimes not heard, but in some cases you pick up on things that your parent would like to see you have done.

I lost touch with my son in terms of advice early on. Maybe it had to do with being gone so much, doing location films when he was at an age where he needed support and guidance.

I write in the morning from about eight till noon, and sometimes again a bit in the afternoon. In the morning I start off by going over what I had done the previous day, which my wife has happily typed up for me.