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The Essentials: The Best Gene Hackman Villains [Podcast]

Gene Hackman is one of the best actors of the 20th century — full stop. And his seemingly abrupt retirement in 2004 has allowed him to be canonized differently and earlier than fellow New Hollywood icons (read: De Niro and Pacino) who simply keep dressing up in schlockier versions of once-great roles. So while Gene is off in New Mexico zipping around on his e-bike, we celebrate his 89th birthday on January 30 in this episode of the Be Reel Podcast by looking at three of his most memorable villain/antagonist roles: “Superman: The Movie” (1978), “Unforgiven” (1992) and “The Firm” (1993).

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