Friday, May 24, 2024

Gene Hackman Fans Enraged by NY Post Attack on 94 Year Old Movie Legend and Two Time Oscar Winner’s Sartorial Choices


Gene Hackman is one of the greatest actors of all time, and a nice guy, too.

The 94 year two time Oscar winner wisely retired from Hollywood more two decade sago. He knew when to say goodbye.

But Hackman’s graciousness wasn’t enough this week for the New York Post to leave him alone. They grabbed pictures of him –obtained by Splash News — getting gas and coffee in Santa Fe and criticized him for his sartorial choices.

The Post complained that he looked the same — maybe wearing the same clothes — as he did when he was spotted in the same place four weeks ago. (Maybe the gas station people are selling pictures?)

Fans on Twitter, aka X, were outraged. So am I. ‘Leave this man alone!’ was the consensus. One witty Tweeter observed that maybe Hackman had discovered a way to wash clothes and use them again! (LOL.)

Last week, I read nasty tabloid items about Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, who are in their late 80s. They, like Robert Redford, have withdrawn from the scene. All of them owe us NOTHING. They gave and gave and gave. Indeed, leave them alone.

As for Hackman, I’m thrilled to see that at 94 he’s up and walking, and driving, and pumping gas. Good for him! Give him a standing ovation, even if he’s not wearing Prada! He looks great! We’re lucky to have him.

PS I’d like to see what they’re wearing in the NY Post newsroom these days.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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