From ‘Superman’ to ‘Batman’, the ’80s saw some of the biggest comic book heroes hit the big screen, and as the decade went on, that trend only got stronger. It started in 1990, but with a gorgeous, big-budget adaptation of “Dick Tracy,” the pulp comic book detective directed and starring Warren Beatty. Decorated with colorful, cartoonish heroes and villains in live action, the film was a feast for the eyes, but it also had plenty of A-list stars. ’” Playing Caprice, Dustin Hoffman, Madonna, Paul Sorvino, Mandy Patinkin and James Caan also played memorable roles.
However, one of the actors who refused to join the action was Lex Luthor himself, Gene Hackman. The news came to us thanks, among other things, to the book Hollywood Hellraisers, which introduced the likes of Beatty. It became clear that
But according to the book, Hackman didn’t enjoy working with Beatty on another movie, Bonnie and Clyde, several years earlier, with Beatty claiming more than 50 takes for a single scene. Perhaps tired of working with him, Hackman’s response to the “Dick Tracy” call was, “Warren, I love you, but I can’t.”