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Fest Buzz, Where the Wild Things Are Pics, Hackman's Novels, Cruz Vanity Fair Cover

by Anne Thompson
September 29, 2009 5:36 AM
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Gene Hackman hasn't been turning up in movies because he has retired to write historical fiction, reports The Daily Beast:

You know him as Popeye Doyle, Lex Luthor, and Royal Tenenbaum, but these days two-time Oscar-winning actor Gene Hackman has retired from acting and taken on a new role: historical novelist. He and fellow Santa Fean Daniel Lenihan have written three works of fiction, and their latest, Escape From Andersonville is a rousing, old-fashioned Civil War adventure.

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