"I guess you could call it retired. I haven't worked for four years now. And I don't miss the business. I miss the process of being on-set with actors when things get cooking. But there's so much crapola (crap) in order to get there. It's just too painful. At my age, they would have me playing grandfathers and great grandfathers. That's not a heck of a lot of fun. I'd rather go back to the theatre, actually. But that's not going to happen. I'm pretty satisfied with my life right now. I write every day for at least a couple of hours. I exercise a little bit. And then it's time for the old folks to go to bed."
- Screen legend Gene Hackman, 78, on "retirement"