Co-writing Suits Hackman Just Fine

Posted on July 19, 2004

One normally thinks of Gene Hackman as a great actor -- he has won two Oscars so far, after all. But he got an itch to write late in life and so teamed up with Daniel Lenihan to write Justice For None, their second historical novel after Wake of the Perdido Star.

Hackman told Larry King Sunday that working with another writer is difficult because it often entails giving up your own ideas. He and his co-author each write a few pages then send it off to the other one for editing an revising. He said if they were to sit in a room together thinking up ideas it would be a disaster -- it would be much too irritating.

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