Gene Hackman isn’t dead. Nor will he ever be, because he will live on in our hearts and minds forever. But someday his physical form will leave us. And since I don’t know him, I’m pretty sure I won’t be invited to his funeral. But just in case I do get invited, and also get asked to give the eulogy, I wrote a small piece in preparation. I have presented it below-
Gene was a star. He was so bright, you could almost call him the sun. Except that you could watch him without special goggles and he didn’t hurt your skin.
He lived his life as an example of how others should live. Never acting rude or out of turn. Unless that was his character, and then you loved him for it. He capitalized every single film genre imaginable. But more importantly, he created a genre in my heart. (I would start to cry here).
He didn’t just affect us on the silver screen. He was part of the family. If it weren’t for him and Tom Clancy, I don’t know how dads would even entertain themselves. (I would pause again to regain my composure, and then smile).
But let’s not forget his playful side. He once told me a story about him and Danny (but Danny Glover would look up at me from the audience and give me the “shut up” look). Never mind, that was a boring story. Let me wrap this up. I know everyone wants to pay their respects, so let me step out of the way.
I would like to close out the ceremony with a powerpoint slide show I put together. The soundtrack has been provided by Hall & Oates. (Since I don’t know how to incorporate powerpoint onto wordpress, I just posted the pics I would have used below with a youtube link of the song. Just hit play, and you can listen to the song while viewing the pictures. Enjoy).
Rest in peace Gene. May you dominate the after life like you dominated the cinemas.