To celebrate the 50th anniversary of manly movie The French Connection, Gene Hackman has given a rare interview. At 91, he doesn’t often do that these days, but The New York post got him talking (along with director William Friedkin).
“Filmmaking has always been risky — both physically and emotionally — but I do choose to consider that film a moment in a checkered career of hits and misses,” Hackman commented. “As for the car chase, there was a better one filmed a few years earlier with Steve McQueen.”
Hackman is of course, giving the nod to Bullitt, but of course The French Connection chase came first. The actor said “the film certainly helped me in my career, and I am grateful for that.”
You can check out the full interview at the New York Post’s website to read more from Hackman and Friedkin as they talk on this special occasion.