Feisty Gene takes a swing

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

It’s hard to know what to think about this bizarre Gene Hack­man story. It seems that the great ac­tor wal­loped one Bruce Becker, a home­less man, af­ter he called the star’s wife an ob­scene word that rhymes with “stunt”.

Af­ter Hack­man re­fused to give him change, Becker fol­lowed the cou­ple down the street shout­ing “Gene, you are just an­other Clint East­wood, you are noth­ing but an empty chair!” (He seems to have got that sketch at the Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion back­wards, but never mind.)

Becker says he was hit around 10 to 12 times. Hack­man claims he gave the fel­low just one fairly in­con­se­quen­tial slap. It later tran­spired that Hack­man had helped Becker out with money and clothes on pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

It’s wrong to thump any­body, par­tic­u­larly some­body who lives on the street. But it’s hard not to ad­mire Hack­man’s chutz­pah. He’s 82, you know! No charges have been filed.

Why I oughta...: don’t mess with the Hack

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