It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.

— Richard Donner

Seductive Hackman quotations

I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure.

I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman.

From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other actor in the Screen Actors Guild, apart from Gene Hackman.

I've always admired Gene Hackman, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck. I'm showing my age here.

And Hackman had really choked up when he was telling it. It was very moving.

Hackman is able to live in the moment which means there is nothing for him at that split second than what is occurring in the scene.

When I think of character actors, I think of Spencer Tracy;

I think of Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall. When I was a young lad watching films, my eyes were on them - watching 'On the Waterfront,' my eyes are on Rod Steiger and Karl Malden, not on Brando.

The fact that they let me in a movie with Gene Hackman has left me with no faith in show buisness.

I always wanted to be Gene Hackman and I always wanted to be, you know.

.. I wanted to be one of these guys. I always wanted to be Bob Duvall.

...he went into the sitting room, put on a Duke Ellington record he had bought after seeing Gene Hackman sitting on the overnight bus in The Conversation to the sound of some fragile piano notes that were the loneliest Harry had ever heard.

I got to work with Gene Hackman for six weeks, side by side, 12 hours a day.

A favorite cast? Lisa Kudrow, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and my wife.

Hey, I'm just trying to become the Michael Caine/Gene Hackman of my generation.