Q&A with Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman has just written his second novel with co-author Daniel Lenihan, Justice for None.

Why are you tackling fiction? I can do it without 90 people standing around waiting for me to perform. I feel it's creative. And I like the loneliness of it.

Your book is based on your hometown in Illinois. Are you like the main character? In some ways. He's very much of a Midwesterner, a wanderer, self-deprecating, somewhat naive. I was naive when I first went to New York. It opened me to experiences and knowledge that I wouldn't have gotten if I'd been worldly.

You took time off from making movies to write. Will you go back? I...

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