Hackman is able to live in the moment which means there is nothing for him at that split second than what is occurring in the scene.
The studio is meant to be always a place where, first of all, they can be out of spotlight, and second, where they could work with a peer group on parts that they might not have played otherwise.
I had something called the back of the chair test. Where I sit, we don’t sit like you and I do. I can see a sliver right behind them and they come out and they sit like this like god students and they don’t touch the back of the chair.
I was originally going to be a lawyer, and the only thing I remember from the art of cross-examination is – you can see this one coming up Sixth Avenue – never ask a question the answer to which you do not know.