Hollywood Legend Gene Hackman Slapped A Homeless Man To Protect His Wife When He Was 82 Years-Old
November 23, 2018 18:26 By Fabiosa
Legendary Hollywood actor Gene Hackman has certainly left his mark on the film industry. He can boast two Academy Award wins for such movies as The French Connection (1971) and Unforgiven (1992). But despite his accolades, Hackman is notorious for his temper and has a history of not getting along with his colleagues.
For example, during the filming of The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), the famous actor often quarreled with director Wes Anderson, and it was even reported that Gene told Wes to "pull up his pants and act like a man."
Needless to say, Hackman's talent doesn't come without a vice. It also seems that his hothead character didn't get softer with age and he still hasn't learned his lesson.
Coming to his wife's rescue
In 2012, Hackman's temper was tested when a homeless man insulted his wife Betsy, while the couple was out on the town in Santa Fe.
Police commented for E! News that a suspicious-looking guy approached Gene and Betsy and proceeded to call her an offensive name. At the time, Hackman was 82 years-old, but he couldn't stand by, so he slapped the offender in order to protect his spouse.
Hackman himself admitted to the authorities that he did, in fact, slapped the man, but no one was arrested.
In this case, it was a good thing that the tough actor can rise to the occassion and was able to stand up for his wife.
Why we don't hear about Gene Hackman anymore?
Back in the day, Gene Hackman was one of the most wanted Hollywood actors, but why haven't we seen him act since his last film, Welcome to Mooseport, in 2004? We know there are a lot of roles for senior performers, so where did Gene go?
Apparently, Hackman focuses on his other talents, which include painting and writing. The former actor actually wrote five books so far, and enjoys spending his days working on his novels.
In addition, Gene said he has no interest playing grandfathers, so his decision to retire makes perfect sense.